Louise McBride (PgDip). MBACP (Registered),

Louise McBride (PgDip). MBACP (Registered),


Forth Street

0783 752 4531

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Forth Street

0783 752 4531

About me

Hello, I am Louise. Thank you for taking the time to read my profile. I hope I can be of some help to you.

I am a professionally qualified and experienced counsellor working from Edinburgh City Centre and Central Kirkcaldy. I am a Registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). This register is accredited under a scheme set up by the Department of Health and administered by an independent body, accountable to Parliament. My aim is to provide you with the best possible standards of counselling and psychotherapy.

I offer short term counselling, to support you through difficult times, and longer term psychotherapy, for deep rooted and long standing issues. I work with individual adults, including young people from age 16. I provide counselling for a variety of issues, such as;

  • Anxiety - Depression - Self esteem and confidence
  • Attachment issues - Bereavement and loss - Relationship difficulties
  • Sexuality issues - Work related issues - Intimacy difficulties

I am happy to talk with you about anything not mentioned here. I may be able to help.

My way of working is to offer you a therapeutic relationship that can help you to relate to yourself, and others, in a way that may not have felt possible before. I help you to reflect on your way of being now and support you to understand how your past experiences, particularly in childhood, have contributed to how you think, feel and behave as an adult.

Being resistant to accepting the reality of your current situation is understandable. However it can keep you stuck in an emotionally and psychologically difficult place, causing you to suffer even more. You can't change your past. What has happened has happened. However, you can change how you think and feel about it and create a new story for yourself.

The relationship I have with you is grounded in compassion, empathy, unconditional respect, acceptance of the 'whole of you' (meaning I do not see you as a label or diagnosis) and a non judgemental attitude. These are qualities that I consistently endeavour to offer in my practice.

My background is in Leadership Coaching and Training Consultant and Management roles. I have also taught up to SVQ Level 8 (HND) in Counselling at a Further Education College and have designed and delivered Counselling courses for the private sector.

I am based in Kirkcaldy and Edinburgh. My practice in Edinburgh is a couple of minutes walk from York Place Tram stop. There are plenty of Lothian buses and metered parking on Forth Street and the surrounding streets. I also work from the Wellspring Organisation which is located half way down Leith Walk. My practice in Kirkcaldy is easily accessible from St Clair Street, there is free on street parking.

I offer a free telephone consultation (usually around 10 minutes). Please do get in touch and feel free to ask any questions that may help you to make your decision.

Warm regards, Louise

Training, qualifications & experience

Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy - University of Edinburgh

Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling - University of Edinburgh

Certificate in NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming)

Certificate in Training Practice

Member of the following professional organisations:

  • BACP - British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • SAPC - Scottish Association of Psychodynamic Counselling

I worked in a voluntary capacity with the PF Counselling Agency in Edinburgh from 2011 - 2014

I consistently keep up to date with current research and am committed to my continuing personal and professional development. A selection of my CPD includes:

  • BACP certificate of proficiency
  • Essentials of Psychosynthesis
  • Understanding the dynamics of domestic abuse
  • Family constellations
  • Working with shadow material
  • The meaning of money
  • Mindfulness
  • Making meaning of the voices
  • Transgenerational trauma
  • The challenge of encountering the other with empathy
  • The importance of core emotions in the recovery from traumatic experience
  • The Role of Counsellors in Combating Sexual Abuse
  • The Brain

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

My initial training was in Psychodynamic therapy and Person Centred counselling. These are the main theories and practice that I use. However, I work with you drawing on different theories and practice. The therapy I offer is about you and what works for you, rather than any particular theoretical modality.


My fee is £40. This is payable on the day by cash or cheque. Please note that I do not have facilities to accept bank payments at this time.

Maps & Directions

Kirkcaldy, KY1
Edinburgh, EH1 3LH

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


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Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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