My approach is to work with you - I won't 'do it' for you or to you. I value your individuality, your views, fears, and insights.
Your goals and how we achieve these will form the basis of our agreement to work together. Therapy should be as unique as you are.
While we all share many things in common, people respond differently to different types of approaches, so I always tailor my work with you to respond to your specific needs, personality and situation.
I have experience of working with a wide range of people. A lot of my private practice work in Edinburgh has been with chief officers, managers and executives in high stress work environments, in industry, medicine, law, academia and the voluntary sector. Very often asking for ' help' is a challenge in itself, and my work recognises the need to fully respect the specific challenges these contexts can create.
And I also have a lot of experience of working with individuals and couples whose issues are related to their specific cultural, spiritual or sexual backgrounds.
I believe that counselling can help with self-development, confidence, taking more responsibility for our lives and in helping us to recognise our strengths, our ability to change and make choices that enhance our lives. Call me on 07788 106671 or use the email form to make an appointment.
Clinical Supervision and Personal Psychotherapy
As a qualified practitioner I have my work regularly supervised with an experienced BACP supervisor. I keep up to date with new developments by attending lectures, seminars, reading and courses.
I had personal psychotherapy throughout my four year training.
I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework(to view) and the COSCA Code of Ethics.
I am a Registered Member of the BACP and a counsellor member on COSCA’s Register that has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority. This is recognition of my commitment to high standards.The register was set up by the Government to improve standards and safety for the benefit of the public.
I am fully insured and also registered for Data Protection (ICO) and PVG.
You can CLICK HERE to access COSCA's Complaints Procedure.
Alastair MacKinnon DipCouns, DipSuperv., LL.B.,B.D.(Hons),FRSA