Ali McBride

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PG Dip (Counselling), Registered Member MBACP(Accred)
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Edinburgh, Scotland, EH6
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I believe it is important you find a counsellor you have confidence in and feel comfortable with. I offer an initial appointment for a reduction of my normal fee giving you the opportunity to meet me and help you decide if I am the right person for you.

There are times when circumstances cause us distress and when we struggle to come to terms with life events. And there are times when we experience feelings of sadness or anxiety without any obvious reason. Sometimes we feel stuck or behave in ways or encounter feelings we don't understand. Sometimes we feel numb or detached and are concerned we just don't feel anything at all. I believe speaking to a counsellor can be a positive step in regaining perspective and clarifying your situation. It offers a way of looking at your feelings in order to find your way forward and move towards a greater sense of well-being.

Trained in the person centred approach, I have a deeply held belief that we each have within us more wisdom to support ourselves through stuck or difficult places than we can possibly imagine. I love having the opportunity to meet with each unique individual and the chance to work together to unlock the hidden potential which can be the guide to a more fulfilled and authentic life.

Training, qualifications & experience

I obtained my Postgraduate Diploma in person-centred counselling from the University of Strathclyde in 2001. Previously I obtained my MSW from the University of Edinburgh in 1992 and and a BSC in 1990. Alongside my academic path I have had a life-long commitment to my own growth and development and am interested in all learning that opens me up to be the most alive, open and accepting person I can be. I have built up a breadth and depth of experience over the years in working both on my own journey and with others. I am interested and experienced in working with a wide range of issues such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, abuse, bereavement, loss, trauma, sexual identity and relationship difficulties. Over the last 15 years I have worked primarily at a University counselling service, with a number of Employee Assistance Programmes and in my own private practice.

I am a Registered Accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and committed to working within their ethical guidelines for good practice.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Therapies offered

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£50.00 - £60.00

Additional information

Initial one-hour appointment £30

Ongoing hourly sessions £50-£60 sliding scale

When I work

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Further information

Based in Newhaven, Leith. Bus routes 7,11 and 16 from city centre. Free on street parking.

Please see my website for further information.

Edinburgh, Scotland, EH6

Type of session

In person

Types of client

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

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Ali McBride
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