Alastair MacKinnon ,Counsellor, Dip Couns.,Regd MBACP, CMCOSCA, FRSA

Alastair MacKinnon ,Counsellor, Dip Couns.,Regd MBACP, CMCOSCA, FRSA


07788 106671

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07788 106671

About me

Hi, my name is Alastair MacKinnon and I am a qualified counsellor and Registered Member of the BACP, working in Edinburgh, close to the bypass with easy access to Midlothian and East Lothian. I provide counselling and psychotherapy in a safe, friendly and non-judgemental environment.

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I qualified as a counsellor after experience of working in various settings - originally having studied law and criminology, and then working in public sector and community organisations. I have also studied pastoral care and counselling, and find that my work experience often helps others to connect with me.

I have experience of working with young people and adults. I have a lot of experience in working with relationships,couples and family issues, with people from all sexual orientations.
I see both individuals and couples on either an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period. Individual sessions cost £40. Couples Therapy costs £50 per session.

Training, qualifications & experience

I trained for four years in counselling and hold a Diploma in Counselling (Transactional Analysis).(COSCA accredited).I am a Registered Member MBACP, and a Counsellor Member of COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland). I hold a Diploma in Counselling Supervision (Physis Training).

Counselling and psychotherapy can help us to understand our past, how we develop as individuals,as well as helping us to explore and to change our current situation. By using this approach,we can better understand both our ourselves and how we are with others.

My approach is to work with you - I won't 'do it' for you or to you, and I will fundamentally value your individuality, your views, fears, hopes and insights. Your goals and how we achieve these will form the basis of our contract or agreement to work together and we will ensure this is regularly reviewed.

As a qualified practitioner I am required to have my work supervised. I am a member of a supervision group meeting monthly and also have individual supervision with an experienced UKCP supervisor.
I have had personal psychotherapy throughout my training and continue to do so with an experienced UKCP Psychotherapist.

I work to the United Kingdom Association for Transactional Analysis (UKATA) Code of Ethics and Professional Practice guidelines, and adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework and COSCA Code of Ethics.

I am a member of the UK Association for Transactional Analysis (UKATA), the International Association for Relational Transactional Analysis, and the Scottish Transactional Analysis Association.


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Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Pet loss and bereavement
Retirement and life transitions
School and college issues
Clergy and ministers counselling

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Individual sessions cost £40. Couples Therapy costs £50 per session. At times, I may have some lower costs sessions for students, trainee counsellors or if you are unemployed; please ask me if this applies to you.
I am also a registered provider with several health insurance companies including Vitality and AXA PPP.

You can call me or email me (I would follow up your email with a phone call to you ). If we decide to proceed, we would start with an initial assessment session.

I will ask you about yourself, what has brought you to counselling and what you would like to achieve. It is also an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have. It will give us the chance to decide if we can work together and whether, or not, I am able to offer you the support you are seeking.

An individual session is for one hour, and for couples therapy a session is an hour and a half long.

In order for you to benefit from counselling it is important that you attend each session. I require 48 hours notice to cancel a session otherwise you will be charged the normal session fee.

Further information

Areas of special interest to me

I enjoy working with people from a range of sexual orientations and genders, and from diverse cultural and spiritual backgrounds. With a training in pastoral care, I am also comfortable working with clergy and ministers.
I have experience of working with students, older people and people with a range of addiction issues.

Although I work mainly within a counselling Transactional Analysis framework, I am influenced by other types of therapy including Person-Centered, CBT and Existential Psychotherapy.

Maps & Directions

Edinburgh, EH6

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


I have availability for evenings and on Saturday mornings. I also offer early morning appointments from 8am. Please contact me to discuss your needs.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

I offer supervision in Edinburgh to trainee and experienced counsellors/therapists from a range of modalities and approaches.

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