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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.

My aim is to help you discover the changes that you want to make and to help you bring that about.

Whether you are dealing with depression, anxiety, career, stress, sexuality, addictive behaviours, relationship problems, anger, grief or just feel that life is getting on top of you and you are struggling to cope, I can work with you to understand more clearly what’s going on and find new ways to think about yourself and your relationships with others. Sometimes people come to therapy to help them figure out more about themselves with someone who will listen to them!

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.



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

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 :

  • Stress
  • Workplace issues
  • Relationships (also see Couples Counselling page)
  • Divorce and separation
  • Men's issues
  • Panic Attacks
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement and grief
  • Dealing with Depression
  • Addictions/Gambling issues
  • Gender/Sexuality
  • Confidence and self-esteem
  • Coping at college


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 !



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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.

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.



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