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

Edinburgh, Lothian, EH6 07788 106671 07788 106671
Edinburgh, Lothian, EH6
07788 106671 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 -  working in senior positions in the public sector and community organisations. I have also studied pastoral care, 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. Self-funding costs: My fees range from £45 daytime (individuals), evening appointments after 7pm have a higher fee. Couples fees are from £50 to £75 (couples) per session.

Please enquire for corporate /organisational rates if this is relevant.

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 have individual supervision with an experienced supervisor.

I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework and COSCA Code of Ethics.

I am a member of the Scottish Transactional Analysis Association.

Member organisations

BACP

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.

COSCA

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists

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

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.

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists

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


Retirement and life transitions
School and college issues
Clergy, religious and ministers counselling

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Other therapies
  • Transactional analysis

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Fees

Sessions costs for ongoing work range from £45 to £60 (individuals daytime). My fee for evening and couples work is £50 to £75 per session depending on time and nature of the work ( eg. evening appointment times , and couples rates).
I am also a registered provider with Vitality.

You can call me or email me (I would follow up your email with a phone call to you.)

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.

Edinburgh
Lothian
EH6

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

one step up from from path

Availability

I have daytime appointments from April,very limited evenings and Saturday mornings. I also offer early morning appointments from 8.30am. Please contact me to discuss your needs.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision

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

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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