Ali McBride PG Dip (Counselling), Registered Member MBACP(Accred)

Ali McBride PG Dip (Counselling), Registered Member MBACP(Accred)


0131 467 7438

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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 half 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


Accredited register membership

Therapies offered

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Initial one-hour appointment £25

Ongoing sessions £50 an hour

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.

Maps & Directions

Edinburgh, EH6

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme