Barbara Matheson MBACP

Barbara Matheson MBACP

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South Side Centre
86 Causewayside

07740678218 / 07740678218

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South Side Centre
86 Causewayside

07740678218 / 07740678218

About me

I'm an very experienced counsellor working with individuals and couples at my practice near the Meadows, or online via Skype. Here are some examples of  areas my approach can help you with.

  • Anxiety
  • Family issues
  • Depression
  • Relationship issues
  • Low self confidence and self esteem
  • Affairs and betrayals
  • University student issues
  • Separation and divorce
  • Couples counselling
  • Bereavement
  • Grief and loss
  • Career and workbased difficulties
  • Stress management
  • Miscarriage
  • Anger management
  • Abuse
  • Management of ongoing mental health conditions

    I offer a safe, confidential, and caring space where you can explore your issues and concerns,  identify ways to bring about change , and achieve a better balance in your life. A place to be heard, and be taken seriously,  without being judged.

    I am an experienced qualified Counsellor, a member of the BACP, on the BACP Register accredited by the Department of Health,and fully insured for my work. I am also a qualified counselling supervisor.

I understand that choosing a Counsellor can be difficult, you need to be sure the person you’ve chosen is the right one for you and  feel comfortable working with them, and to help you in this I'm happy to have a chat on the phone before you make your decision, or offer you a low cost 30 minute informal consultation.

I see my clients in a comfortable private room with natural light, at the South Side Centre on Causewayside, near the Meadows, with buses and on street metered parking nearby.

This  centre is very near to Edinburgh University and I have considerable experience working with and supporting students, both international and UK based.

I also offer online appointments via Skype . If you live outside of Edinburgh, or if your work takes you away from the city and you find it difficult to attend regularly , this can be a way of maintaining continuity and support. I'm happy to offer you a 30 minute online meeting for £15 for you to try this method out for yourself.

I offer face to face daytime and evening appointments  ,and online sessions by arrangement.

You can call me on 07740678218 or send an email; either way if I’m not immediately available I’ll get back to you within 24 hours.

I also offer a coaching approach to personal development , stress management and life management and am very happy to have a chat with you about what may be the best approach for you.

If you would like to know more about my business background pleas go to my LinkedIn profile:

Also further information can be found on my website

Training, qualifications & experience


Postgraduate Diploma in Person-Centered Counselling from the University of Strathclyde

Postgraduate Diploma in Training Management (CIPD Cranfield University)

Certificate in Stress Management (OCR)

Certificate in Creative Supervision (UKCP)

Additional training:
Stress management techniques
Rape and sexual abuse
Domestic violence
Couples Counselling
Assertive Behaviour
Transactional Analysis
Depression Awareness
Personal Development
Springboard Women's Development Programme
Coaching and Mentoring
Management Development

Professional Experience:

  • I worked for 2 years at the PF Counselling Service in Edinburgh as a Volunteer Counsellor
  • Responsible for an  employability mentoring project for over 6 years, training, supporting and supervising 20 volunteer mentors.
  • 26 years experience of coaching and mentoring individuals across a wide range of areas e.g. career transitions, stress management, personal development, employability, assertiveness and improving confidence and intercultural transitions.
  • My professional background  includes senior management and staff development roles in the recruitment sector , with extensive experience of employability and other career issues including workplace relationship difficulties and workplace bullying and stress
  • 17 years experience of delivering the Springboard Women's Development Programme.

Further information about my work and my professional background can be found on my website

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Assertiveness
  • Career issues
  • Cultural issues
  • Loneliness and isolation
  • Issues connected with aging and later life
  • PMS
  • Menopause
  • Infertility
  • Life limiting conditions e.g. Cancer, Parkinson's disease
  • Carer support
  • Student issues


£15 per 30 minute initial meeting/consultation , either face to face or online

Thereafter the fees are:

£55 per 50 minute session for individual counselling ( some concessions are available,  e.g. students, seniors and low waged) please enquire

£55 per 60 minute session for supervision for counsellors and others in caring roles, ( concessions  for students and newly qualified counsellors)

£60 per 60 minute session for couple counselling

£60 per 60 minute session for coaching or mentoring

Fees for all appointments are payable by cash at the end of each session, or by online banking  payment prior to your appointment. 

Further information

I work from a bright , comfortable private room at The Southside Centre on Causewayside, very near to the Meadows, with on street metered parking and bus stops nearby.

My location is very near to Edinburgh University and I have considerable experience in supporting University students, especially those from outside the UK.

Further information can be found on my website,

Skype counselling, supervision and coaching sessions are also available.

Maps & Directions

Edinburgh, EH9 1PY

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: no


face to face morning, afternoon and evening appointments , and online Skype sessions by arrangement

Types of client

Older adults

Supervision & training

I have experience of working with supervisees either face to face or via Skype and have a Certificate in Creative Supervision , run by the Jenny Biancardi Consultancy in Newcastle.

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