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Barbara Malinen

Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH6
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About me

In the present situation (CoVID-19 and lockdown/phase 1) I am working remotely using a variety of means including Skype, Zoom, WhatsApp calls and telephone. I currently have some limited space for new clients/supervisees.

I have been working as a person-centred counsellor and psychotherapist for over 22 years, having taken a Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling at Strathclyde University in 1998. I have over 13,000 hours of face to face client contact and have worked in a wide range of voluntary sector organisations, in private practice and, since 2003/4 - with Edinburgh College of Art and Edinburgh University Student Counselling Services. Since 2007 I have supervised both qualified counsellors and students/trainees, graduating with a Post Graduate Diploma in Supervision from Temenos in 2009. I now maintain a private practice offering psychotherapy/counselling, supervision, academic supervision and consultancy.

From 2007 - 2017 I was a Personal Tutor (aka PDM) and a group facilitator for the Edinburgh University School of Counselling & Psychotherapy. From 2017 - 2019 I was a Core Tutor on the training team.

I believe that people have within them the possibility of finding better strategies by which to live more functional and fulfilling lives; I aim to provide warmth, respect, acceptance and responsiveness whilst helping clients to locate and use their own resources, resolve problems and difficulties and to find better ways of managing their lives. I work across a broad range of issues and problems, and am happy to work with couples as well as individuals. I offer both short term and long term counselling and psychotherapy as well as supervision for trainees and experienced counsellors.

Prior to becoming a counsellor I worked as an artist, in restaurants and in charity administration/fundraising.

I am a registered member of BACP and abide by their Ethical Code of Conduct.

Training, qualifications & experience

Post Graduate Diploma in Person-Centred Supervision, Temenos, Sheffield 2009

Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling Strathclyde University Counselling Unit 1998

Certificate in Counselling and Personal Development, Lewisham College London 1993

Volunteer training for Adfam National Helpline for families and friends of drug users 1993

BA (Hons) Fine Art (Painting) The Polytechnic, Wolverhampton (now Wolverhampton University) 1981

Member organisations


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.

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.

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Person-centred therapy


I charge £45 - 60 per hour for counselling/psychotherapy

I charge £60 - 100.00 per hour for couple counselling

I charge £45 per hour for supervision, academic supervision and consultancy.

I have a limited number of concessionary places.

Leith Links

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


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


Tuesday - Friday (daytime and evening), and Saturday (daytime only) at my flat in Leith Links

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


Since 2007 I have been supervising both trainee and experienced counsellors.

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