About me

I am an experienced counsellor working with individuals in Edinburgh. I work with people bringing a range of issues including depression, anxiety, loss and grief, trauma, weight, size and eating, and relationship difficulties.

Talking to friends and family can be helpful but sometimes we need more. Perhaps you feel stuck and don’t know how to move forward, or you may be aware of an unhelpful pattern in relationships which you keep repeating. Counselling offers a safe, confidential, accepting and non-judgemental space where you can talk through what is troubling you. I will not tell you what to do; together we will explore your situation and I will support you as you decide what, if any, changes you want to make.

The relationship between counsellor and client is central to my way of working. Mutual trust and respect are needed to help you feel comfortable enough to express difficult feelings and share painful experiences. I like to work creatively: we are holistic beings, mind, body, emotions and spirit, and I am interested in working with all these aspects of you.

Training, qualifications & experience

My core training was a four year postgraduate psychotherapy training in Transactional Analysis with Physis Training. I was drawn to train in TA because of my personal experience of how clearly its ideas related to my own experience and how creatively it could be used. It provides rich and varied ways of thinking about how we relate to others and ourselves and many tools for exploration and growth.

I am also trained as a kinesiologist and have a lot of experience of working with the body's natural healing energies. I have a number of tools and techniques I can use together with counselling when appropriate if that is something that interests you.

  • Diploma in Counselling using Transactional Analysis (COSCA validated)
  • HNC in Counselling from Edinburgh College
  • Member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
  • Member of Scottish, UK, European and International Transactional Analysis Associations (STAA, UKATA, EATA, ITAA)

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.


Additional information

I charge £25 for an initial assessment session in which we can talk about what you would like to get from counselling and how we might work together.

Thereafter I charge £45 for a 50 minute session.

Further information

I abide by the Codes of Ethics of BACP and UKATA. I am in regular supervision and am always learning, whether that be from my clients, books, articles or training courses.

I also work at PF Counselling in Edinburgh.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Deborah McGill

Deborah McGill