Populi Therapy Counselling in Edinburgh



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Alastair MacKinnon MBACP (Reg'd Counsellor) FRSA

Everyone is different. That we can all acknowledge ! You have your unique reasons for looking for help. Maybe 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.

You may be dealing with low mood and depression, anxiety, stress, relationship problems or addictive behaviours .
You may be concerned with what's happening in your relationship, or perhaps you're finding your way again after a relationship has ended. Or you may be struggling with anger, grief or just feel that life is getting on top of you.

I can work with you to help you explore and understand more clearly what’s going on. You can talk to me in a way and about things that you may never talk to anyone else about.

I am a qualified Counsellor and Supervisor in Edinburgh, Registered Member of the BACP , and a counselling member of COSCA .My career 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.

I offer professional counselling and psychotherapy services in Edinburgh. I can be 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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What can I offer?
I offer counselling and psychotherapy in Edinburgh to adults, couples and students /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/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 CEO/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. Very often counselling can help you access the inner knowledge that you already have .. maybe that you have been ignoring or not trusting yourself to listen to ! 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 ! As I wrote in my recent blog :
Change, and especially ‘personal change’ often involves loss, giving up or giving away something that we have held on to – for good or ill. The reality is that we can often choose to cling to the familiar and ‘ comfortable ‘ while so wanting things to be otherwise. Loss of ‘ face’, fear of disapproval can be such powerful anchors holding us back. Focusing on the past, or getting caught up in our heads about what others may think about us, leads to the traps of ‘optionless’ thinking, negativity and ‘stuckness’. And as I imagine RuPaul might say to those who would hold us back from fulfillment and our ‘better self’, just ‘Sashay away ‘! "



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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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