Katrina Hadland PGCE, MBACP, BA (Hons) Dip Couns,

Katrina Hadland PGCE, MBACP, BA (Hons) Dip Couns,

About me

My fees start at £25 an hour. I provide short and long term counselling for adults, young people and children (5yrs+). I work with anxiety, depression, addiction, bereavement, relationship and family issues including affairs, adoption and fostering issues, parenting, school refusal, learning difficulties, behavioural difficulties, abuse and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

I have worked with both adults, children and families with mental health problems and learning difficulties in a variety of education and healthcare settings for more than 20 years. I believe that our early development and attachments inform how we go on to relate and communicate. Life crisis' often lead us to try and work out who we are and what purpose we want from life. I try to help individuals find purpose for themselves and this often involves looking at our family of origin and the environment we grew up in. Although our early relationships deeply affect us throughout our lives, I believe we all have an intrinsic propensity to strive for what is good for us and what will help us grow. Helpful therapy focusses therefore on what is happening in your life now, what beliefs and questions you have about yourself and what you want to achieve.

When therapy involves young adolescents, it is important to have ongoing contact with the family but adolescents and young adults often need a confidential space to reflect about themselves.

Training, qualifications & experience

I began my career in healthcare settings supporting young adults with learning difficulties. I went on to work with children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in the education department, many of whom were affected by substance abuse, the criminal justice system, adoption, fostering, disability and significant trauma.

I began my own personal counselling journey in 1995 and then decided to begin training as an Integrative counsellor in 2000. This means that the model I studied, allows me to listen to what YOU want from counselling and adapt my approach to what suits you and your situation best, incorporating theoretical knowledge taken from a number of the most widely accepted counselling models (CBT, Psychodynamic, Person centred, Gestalt and Creative therapies).

Furthermore, as part of my training I had to undergo extensive personal therapy for a number of years and therefore I know what it's like to be a counsellee and how important it is to find a counsellor that 'gets' you and that you can trust and feel safe with.

I am a member of the BACP and therefore I am subject to their ethical framework. I am also a member of TAG (Trauma and Abuse Group).

I run my own private practice from my home based in Dalkeith, Midlothian. I also run a Facebook page called Time to Talk to support my clients and to promote informative articles. Please feel free to connect with me there. My profile picture is of me and the cover picture is of a beautiful sunset with water…..just so you know you have come to the right page! It will be a closed group.

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I charge a sliding scale from £25 - £60 for a 50-60 minute one to one session depending on your income. For people on lower incomes or student counsellors (under £20,000) I charge £25 per hour. The scale goes up in increments of £5 per hour for every £5,000 extra that you earn over £20,000.      

You may wonder why I am charging much less than most other practitioners in this directory. I would love to not charge at all but unfortunately that's not financially viable. However I do passionately believe that counselling should be accessible to as many people as possible and I recognise that in this economic climate money is tight. I hope my fees reflect this. Charging more for people on greater salaries allows me to support more people on lower salaries. I do not ask for evidence of earnings but I do rely on people's integrity and honesty in this matter.

It is expected that sessions will occur weekly. Some evening sessions are available.

I have a very friendly and gentle 2yr old Golden Labrador called Tegan, who usually greets clients at the door and generally sleeps through sessions. She does love a cuddle and if you invite her up she may snuggle up beside you on the couch. Many clients find this relaxing and calming. However if you would prefer this didn't happen she is more than happy to snooze on her rug or we could arrange for her to not be in the room at all.

Further information

There is ample free parking outside the house. The no 39 from Bonnyrigg goes almost to my door. There is a No 3 and 33 Lothian bus stop within 5 minutes walk and many buses from Edinburgh city centre come to Dalkeith Town centre, a 10 minute walk away. It takes approximately 35 minutes to get to Dalkeith from North Bridge, Edinburgh.

I live on the first floor. If this is a problem then please let me know.

Below is a letter written to an imaginary client. The reason I add it here is to give you an idea of the kind of client that may come and see me but also to give you a 'fly on the wall' insight into the kind of journey many of my clients take even if their life stories don't match 'Alison's'. I hope it helps.

Dear Alison,

I am so glad you decided to bite the bullet and come for counselling. Life has been tough for you. You have faced so many traumas in your early life and there have been so many events out with your control that have caused fear, uncertainty, shame and loss. You have battled through these, believing you were to blame for many of them. You have carried the weight of the world on your shoulders for so long, believing that if you had cried, shouted, asked for help you would have been judged as being weak and unacceptable and therefore rejected.

At times this has been too hard to bear and you have sought comfort and connection in places that subsequently brought much pain and regret. You have paid a high price. Despite this you have worked hard to be a faithful and loving wife and mother and to make amends. You have a daughter who loves you and who has turned out to be a beautiful, respectful and motivated human being, compassionate about others. Your husband loves you very much and wants to grow with you and plan a future with you by his side.

You have come so far. You are learning to connect to your feelings again, take responsibility for your emotions and actions and throw off shame and guilt that hold you back. This has been such a hard thing for you to do, to trust a total stranger with your secrets and take a risk of being overwhelmed and consumed by your feelings. But you are getting there!! You are facing those feelings and realising they are not consuming you. You are learning to make more conscious choices, to be kinder to yourself to like yourself again and to understand yourself and others better. You are tackling that anxiety head on and learning to verbalise what you need.

Well done for being brave and reaching out for the connection and love that you desire and deserve. Keep going Alison, one step at a time. You’ll get there and I can’t wait to be there as you grow, cheering you on and helping you to connect with who you really are, holding you as you as you weep and let go of the pain of the past and standing with you as you take the future by storm! I’m so proud of you!

Maps & Directions

Dalkeith, EH22

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Yes
Other languages: I have level 2 BSL.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
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