Cathie Hutchison MBACP, Accred

Cathie Hutchison MBACP, Accred

East Lothian

0131 665 1352 / 07890 199 524

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About me

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 fullfilling 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 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 an 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.

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.

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 16 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


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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.


Individuals: £70 per 60 minute session

Couples: £80 per 60 minute session, £120 per 90 minute session

Some concessions are available, please enquire.

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.

Maps & Directions

Musselburgh, EH21

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: No

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


I work Tuesday and Wednesday with some early evening appointments available

Types of client

Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

I have been in private practice for over 16 years and I now offer supervision to counsellors from my home office in Musselburgh. I live in a private courtyard with ample parking and close to public transport links.

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