Annie Hay MA, Dip Couns, MBACP

Annie Hay MA, Dip Couns, MBACP

EH1 Therapies
28 Forth St

0131 629 0837 / 07779149583

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About me

Counselling and Psychotherapy for individuals, young people and couples in Edinburgh city centre.
Having worked in statutory, voluntary and private sectors in mental health, business and education, I believe mental health is just as important as physical health, the two being inter-connected. As with any problem, the earlier it is dealt with, the easier the cure. This is true of issues concerning your emotional, mental and physical well-being.

I provide therapy, information, strategies and support to help you manage; relationships, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, stress, panic attacks, bereavement, loss and grief, food/weight/eating problems, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), obsessive or compulsive behaviours, anger, self-abuse, bullying (including cyber-bullying) and fear.

The principle field of psychotherapy I practice is Transactional Analysis. TA is a sound, lively, and dynamic therapy, and is recognised world-wide for its success in facilitating personal change. One of the great attractions for me in TA is the way it integrates cognitive, behavioural, emotional and physical elements in both theory and practice.

This is a cohesive approach comprising:

  • professional, confidential service
  • twenty years experience in mental health services
  • respect, empathy, and partnership
  • client setting the pace of work
  • resolving the underlying causes of symptoms
  • discovery that you can change and control negative or destructive patterns
  • practical tools for coping with every-day problems
  • clients feeling clearer, more energetic and positive

Benefits of Psychotherapy and Counselling

Psychotherapy and counselling are talking therapies. Whereas counselling is often used to help you cope with recent events such as stress, anger or bereavement, psychotherapy tends to be more in-depth work for issues such as anxiety, depression, addictions or compulsive behaviour. Psychotherapy explores deeper psychological processes which helps you to explore problems and find solutions. Successful psychotherapy results in your symptoms fading, your perspective becoming clearer, feeling more positive, more energetic and more resourceful.

My priority is to help you feel better by addressing the issues you identify as most distressing. I draw on my experience to provide effective treatment options. Working relationally, respect, confidentiality, empathy, and partnership are integral. Clients take an active role in what we do and the pace of the work.

The goal is to resolve the underlying causes of problems, for you to feel clearer, more energetic and more positive, and to have the tools to continue to progress outside and beyond therapy

Couple Counselling
In couple counselling I work with people who are facing specific crises and want to unravel them with the assistance of someone who is impartial and non-judgemental. Some couples feel they have stopped talking meaningfully. Some are afraid their relationship is crumbling or their marriage is failing. Some couples want to improve intimacy and communication, others seek help in bringing their relationship to a close. Often, couples are looking for pre-marital counselling. They want to sort out issues such as communicating, negotiating and making decisions, finances and dealing with extended families. Couple, or relationship counselling is a safe arena within which to open up and explore problems.

Young People
I work with young people to help them to manage difficult areas of their lives. This could be relationships, family, problems with friends, school, exams or studies, sleep, bullying, cyber-bullying or food and weight issues.

Training, qualifications & experience

MA Hons, University of Edinburgh
Post Graduate Diploma in Transactional Analysis Counselling and Psychotherapy, Queen Margaret University

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with


This is an integrated service for people who want to improve their emotional, mental and physical health and well being. We combine counselling and exercise therapy because together, they provide extra support to enable clients to make positive, lasting life changes. Combined, they are a healthy, positive and constructive way to increase health, self-esteem, confidence, strength and energy.

Benefits of combining exercise and counselling:

  • Understand the thoughts you have in relation to food and body image
  • Recognise your unrealistic expectations about weight loss
  • Develop a healthy relationship with food which will help you overcome old destructive patterns of eating
  • Improve your self-esteem
  • Reduce toxic feelings of anger or self-disgust
  • Reduce depression, anxiety and other symptoms
  • Achieve fitness and weight loss


Individual Therapy £55
Couples Therapy £65

Further information

Professional Membership:
ITAA (InternationalTransactional Analysis Association)
STAA (Scottish Transactional Analysis Association),
COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland).
BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)
I subscribe to the Code of Ethics of the BACP and the ITA which is a member of the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy)

Maps & Directions

Edinburgh, EH1 3LH

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified