Barbara Malinen

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Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH6
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About me

Update 22nd July 2023: I am now only offering face to face counselling sessions unless circumstances require that we meet online. I can also offer a limited number of walking sessions.  

I have been working as a person-centred counsellor and psychotherapist for over 25 years, having taken a Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling at Strathclyde University in 1998. I have over 16,000 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 more satisfying ways of managing their lives. I work across a broad range of issues and problems. I offer both short term and long term counselling and psychotherapy as well as supervision for trainees, experienced counsellors and non-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)

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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£50.00 - £85.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

I charge £50 - 85 per hour for counselling/psychotherapy

I charge £50 - 65 per hour for supervision, academic supervision and consultancy.

I have a limited number of concessionary places.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

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

Leith Links, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH6

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Additional languages


Online platforms



In person

Update 28th July 2022: I am now seeing people face to face but also working remotely using Skype or Zoom.

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Barbara Malinen
Barbara Malinen