Populi Therapy
Counselling in Edinburgh

Alastair populi

Alastair MacKinnon Counselling

Whether you are dealing with depression, anxiety, stress, relationship problems, anger, have recently been bereaved or just feel that life is getting on top of you and you are struggling to cope, you have decided to look for some professional help ......

My name is Alastair MacKinnon and I provide confidential, friendly and supportive counselling and psychotherapy services in Edinburgh. My counselling practice is also within easy reach of central Edinburgh, East Lothian and Midlothian, and on frequent bus routes and with ample free parking.

You can contact me on 07788 106671 or use the email link above to make contact.


I am a qualified counsellor, Registered Member of the BACP, with a career that has also included senior posts in the public sector, and as a charity CEO. My work experience has often helped me to understand the difficulties that we can face in our lives.

What can I offer?
I offer counselling/psychotherapy to adults, couples and young people from all backgrounds who are experiencing difficulties with a wide range of issues, including :

  • Stress
  • Workplace issues
  • Relationships
  • Panic Attacks
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement and grief
  • Depression
  • Addictions
  • Gender/Sexuality
  • Confidence and self-esteem
  • Problems with college/school

    I also have a lot of experience of providing counselling and psychotherapy for people who are having issues with their sexuality and relationships, whatever the sexual orientation involved.
    I am also experienced in working with people who are looking for counselling that takes account of their faith or spirituality.

    Are there other things happening to you at the moment that counselling and psychotherapy may help you with?
    I am professionally trained to listen to your problems, and to do so with an open mind. I will try to understand as fully as possible what you come with and how it is affecting your life. It's not my role to judge or to provide quick fixes. As a counsellor I will work with you to help you use your own inner resources, so that you can cope and respond to the issues you are facing.

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    Making initial contact

    After a conversation over the phone or by email (if email -I would also prefer to speak to you on the phone ), we can agree a time for an initial consultation. This first meeting only is charged at a lower fee of £25 (1hr) for individuals and after that at £40 per session.
    The initial meeting only is £35 per couple (1hr 20 mins) and after that at £50 per session.

    At the first meeting we will have an opportunity to meet each other and discuss why you are seeking counselling, and then to agree whether we wish to go on and work together.

    We would also agree at what times sessions will take place, and how many sessions we initially agree to meet for.
    If you are unemployed, a trainee counsellor or a student, I may have reduced cost sessions available, please ask me about this.

    You can contact me on 07788 106671 or use the email link above to make contact.

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