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IMAGINE.... a life where you feel more pleasure; a reduction in your stress levels; relationships that you enjoy; the relief of having someone listen attentively to you; a place to discover more of you......

I believe these things are possible and will help you to achieve them. If you can imagine it, you can achieve it is my mantra.

I have helped people who have suffered from depression, anxiety, anger management, menopause, relationship problems, addictions, bereavement, adoption. I also offer couples counselling, career counselling and support for redundancy. People I have worked with have gained insight and made changes, and so eased their problems and taken the opportunity to find fresh options for more fulfilling lives.

If you come to work with me I will tailor my approach to your individual needs. I can help you so that you gain a sense of empowerment and increased control over the issues that diminish the quality of your life. I weave in various techniques including hypnosis. Hypnosis has been found to get results faster.

The impact of Coronavirus is affecting so many people. Having a space to release your anxieties and concerns and getting support to reorient yourself is so important. Book a session or two with me to get the support you deserve.

I offer couples counselling as I have a particular interest in supporting people to unravel the complexities of being in relationships whether with partners, children, work colleagues or managers.

My clients include individuals, couples, students, therapists, parents, in fact, people from all walks of life.

I work from a bright, welcoming office upstairs in my home which is in a quiet, peaceful courtyard with good parking facilities and near bus routes and train station. During Covid-19 restrictions, I offer on-line sessions by Zoom. So you can access the therapy you need from the comfort of your own home.

I worked for many years as a manager and training manager in a large organisation. The aspect of my job I loved most was sitting with people and providing a listening ear to support them. I realised my dream was to train as a counsellor so that I could provide quality support competently and professionally. My experience within the organisation enables me to help people who experience difficullties within their working environment. Over the years I have continued to train to add multiple tools to my toolkit, and love to share these with my clients.

As I worked towards becoming qualified I also sat in the "clients chair" so I understand what it means to meet a counsellor for the first time and begin to build a relationship where it is important to share aspects of my life that I had struggled with. I deeply appreciate the support I received that enabled me to make changes, develop a resilience and find a deeper joy. I believe that my experience of being a client has helped me to help my clients in a deep and profound way.

I have been working in private practice and as a volunteer counsellor for 20 years. My work has been a source of great satisfaction as I have witnessed people make changes and improvements. Perhaps you would like to do that too? If so, I look forward to meeting you, and being a part of your change process.


Training, qualifications & experience

Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma                                                                                 Diploma in Transactional Analysis Counselling Validated by Cosca
Advanced Diploma in Counselling Validated by Napier University
BACP Accreditation
Coaching for Performance Certificate
Operational Management NVQ
Training Management NVQ
Certificate in Operational Management

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Childhood issues, life transitions, infertility problems, adoption process, changes because of menopause, isolation, loss of meaning, morbid thoughts, repeating patterns that are problematic.

Coaching and supporting personal development.

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From £70.00 to £120.00

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Individuals: £70 per 60 minute session

Couples: £85 per 60 minute session, £120 per 90 minute session

Some concessions are available, please enquire.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

I work Tuesday and Wednesday with some early evening appointments available

Further information

I am mother to an adopted daughter and have experience of the often complex and emotionally demanding journey towards and through parenthood. The adoption process is, quite appropriately, a rigorous one but one which also stimulates all manner of fears and hopes and even disappointments. Finally being matched and meeting a child is not the end of the emotional journey and is often the time when further support is needed to discuss the complex and confusing feelings that arise.

I am deeply interested in the impact that the changes of parenthood can have on us. If this is an area you are struggling with, please come and talk freely with me about it, secure in the knowledge that I will not judge you.

Another area I am interested in is stress reduction. There are key events in life guaranteed to increase our stress: getting married; getting divorced; buying a house; leaving a job (voluntarily or otherwise), ill-health. Some stress is useful, it can be a motivator. Too much and we tip into a place that is very unhealthy. If you feel your stress levels are unhealthy, please come and talk about it and together we can restore your balance.

Hypnotherapy is an immensely useful tool for bringing calm and relaxation as well as getting to the root of problems. I used it to great benefit to support myself through recent cancer treatment and I often teach self hypnosis to my therapy clients if they want to add it to their skills. It is also clinically proven to reduce menopause symptoms, especially hot flushes and night sweats.

Also registered with Hypnotherapy Directory.

East Lothian

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

There are 3 steps into the house. My office is on the first floor accessed by a staircase.


In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I have been in private practice for over 16 years and I now offer supervision to counsellors from my home office in Musselburgh.

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Cathie Hutchison

Cathie Hutchison