Alastair MacKinnon MBACP (Reg'd Counsellor) FRSA, DipCouns, DipSuperv, LL.b., B.D. (hons)
Everyone is different. You have your unique reasons for looking for help. If you feel stuck in a difficult place in your life - in your relationship, at work or at home, you may be struggling to believe that it can be different.
I am a qualified counsellor and supervisor in Edinburgh, Registered Member of the BACP , and a counselling member of COSCA with a career that has included senior posts in the public and third/charity sectors. My work experience and skills as a counsellor help me to understand the particular difficulties that many people face in high profile or high stress jobs. Often these remain unacknowledged or hidden, and the process of counselling can help you face up to the effects they are having on you and those around you.
You may be dealing with depression, anxiety, stress or addictive behaviours .
You may be concerned with the effects on or the quality of your relationship. Or you may be consumed with anger, grief or just feel that life is getting on top of you.
I can work with you to understand more clearly what’s going on and find alternative ways to address the issues you are facing. You can talk to me in a way and about things that you may never talk to anyone else about.
I offer professional counselling and psychotherapy services in Edinburgh. My practice is easily reached from outside Edinburgh too, particularly from East Lothian and Midlothian. I am near to frequent bus routes and with ample free parking.
Make the next step and contact me on 07788 106671 or email me here.
What can I offer?
I offer counselling and psychotherapy in Edinburgh to adults, couples and young people(18+) from all backgrounds who are experiencing difficulties with a wide range of issues, including :
- Workplace issues
- Relationships (also see Couples Counselling page)
- Divorce and separation
- Men's issues
- Panic Attacks
- Bereavement and grief
- Dealing with Depression
- Addictions/Gambling issues
- Confidence and self-esteem
- Coping at college/university
I also have a lot of experience of providing counselling 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.
I have an Institute of Leadership and Management Award in Leadership ( level 9) and use my workplace experience as a senior manager as well as a counsellor with clients who may require support and therapy that is business and work related.
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. I will try to help you to live a more effective and happier life, and encourage you to take the insights that you develop through counselling into the rest of your life. One hour a week with me isn't enough to make the changes most people are looking for ... you need to apply it in the rest of the 167 hours of the week !
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.
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.
I am registered with major Health Insurance /EAPs (Vitality , AXA ) as a provider; please ask me for details of these if it applies to you.
You can contact me on 07788 106671 or email me here.