Gail McMurdo

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BA, PGDip, Dip. Counselling
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Livingston, West Lothian, EH54
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About me

By taking the first step towards finding help and support through counselling, I will work to create a safe space for you to discuss, reflect on and work through difficulties and issues. This gives you the opportunity to find clarity in your situation, to cope with life's obstacles and to create space for needed hope and healing.

I have worked for as a counsellor for nearly 20 years, and in being a member and an accredited trainer with COSCA (The Scottish Counselling Body), the COSCA Code of Practice and Ethical Framework are respected and upheld in all the work I do. In addition to using these standards in my counselling work I also teach on the COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills Course.

I have experience in counselling people on a variety of issues including, yet not limited to:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Stress
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Anger
  • Abuse
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Trauma

Initially I qualified with a degree in Community Education.  I then trained as a Person-Centred counsellor (focussing counselling on the needs of the individual). I have since developed my approach to use Cognitive Behavioural techniques. (Changing ways of thinking, feeling and behaving using different coping strategies). 

In the last few years I have completed the following training courses which have contributed to my continuous professional development and integrated counselling approach:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Toolkit 
  • ASSIST suicide prevention
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • EFT Level 1
  • Concious Connected Breathwork

Training, qualifications & experience

  • B A Community Education 1993
  • Post Grad Teaching Qualification Further Education 2010
  • Diploma In Person Centred Counselling 2005
  • COSCA Accredited Trainer 2007
  • Counselling Supervision Course
  • CBT Toolkit 2015
  • Mindfulness Level 1 2017
  • EFT Level 1 2018
  • Reiki Level 1 2019
  • Breathwork Facilitator 2022

Member organisations

Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland (COSCA)

COSCA is the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland, and seeks to advance all forms of counselling and psychotherapy and the use of counselling skills by promoting best practice and through the delivery of a range of sustainable services. COSCA Counsellor Accreditation is a pathway to entry onto the UKRC. It is a requirement of all individual and organisational members of COSCA to abide by its Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice and be accountable to the Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland
Accredited Register Scheme

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Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland


£50.00 per session

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I am flexible. I have some day time and evening appointments. Please call or email to discuss and arrange an appointment.


Further information

If you require further information please view my website:

Separately, I have recently started offering breathe work sessions.

People practice breathe work to support positive self development, process emotions, heal emotional pain and trauma, increase their self awareness, confidence, self image and self esteem, increase joy and happiness, overcome addictions, reduce stress and anxiety levels, reduce negative thoughts.

Breathe work is used to help to improve a wide range of issues including anger issues, anxiety, chronic pain, depression, emotional effects of illness, grief, trauma and post traumatic stress disorder.

Livingston, West Lothian, EH54

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

PVG Scheme

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Gail McMurdo
Gail McMurdo