Emily McArdle, MSc. (MBACP)

Emily McArdle, MSc. (MBACP)

Mid Lothian

07402 450937

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Mid Lothian

07402 450937

About me

Qualified & experienced Person-Centred & Emotion Focused Psychotherapist in Gorgie/Dalry area. I specialise in depression, anxiety, relationship problems, emotional difficulties and addiction.

What brings you to consider counselling at this time?

There are many reasons people consider counselling. Life events may feel difficult to cope with and you may not know where to turn. You might feel unheard, misunderstood or may have become stuck in unhelpful patterns of behaviour. Perhaps you feel unhappy but are not sure why leaving you questioning yourself living with further inner-conflict and anxiety.

When people experience distress they can often feel alone, not knowing what to do. Often people try to bottle up their painful emotions by pushing them aside because they are very difficult to cope with.

Counsellors are there for us when we decide to take the brave step to ask for help, offering a professional and trusted relationship to confide in.

Am I the Counsellor for you?

Working from a person-centred approach, I welcome you to a safe space to explore what is causing you distress. Working at your pace, I would be honoured to take those difficult first steps into - or returning to - therapy and create a trusted relationship for you to share your problems constructively. I offer a non-judgemental, confidential and private space for you to explore these difficulties and help to greatly improve your psychological wellbeing.

I will listen to you deeply and work sensitively with the difficulties you bring to therapy, encouraging you to explore your thoughts and feelings in a safe manner. As a result, your innate ability to find the solutions that work best for you will develop and assist you towards greater clarity, self-awareness and acceptance.

I offer Emotion Focused Psychotherapy, a deeply emotive approach that helps people with unresolved or confusing difficulities and behaviours, working out resolutions though specific tasks. As your therapist i am trained to identify these tasks with you during sessions and introduce them to you, sometimes demonstrating what is being asked from you; if you are happy to continue we will work closely and deeply on what you bring into therapy. There is no pressure for you to partake in the task and if you choose not to we can continue developing your ability to connect with yourself and your experiences in a mindful manner and at your pace.

Please contact me to discuss this further by email, text or phone today. We can arrange a time for a free telephone or face to face consultation and you can decide whether I am the counsellor to help you.

If I am unavailable I will contact you within 24 hours where possible to arrange a suitable time.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training and Qualifications

  • Masters of Science in Counselling, University of Strathclyde
  • Emotion Focused Therapy Level 1, 2 and Masterclasses, University of Strathclyde
  • Postgraduate Diploma In Counselling and Psychotherapy, University of Strathclyde
  • NCFE Certificate in Counselling Skills, Varndean College
  • Drug and Alcohol Counselling Training
  • ASIST Suicide Intervention Training
  • Brief-Solution Focused Training
  • Motivational Interview Training
  • Samaritans Listener Volunteer Training, community and in prison settings
  • BA (Hons) in Criminology and Social Policy


I work with clients from all walks of life with the following difficulties;

mental health, anxiety, PTSD, depression, ADHD, anger management, addiction, relationship difficulties, blood-borne virus diagnosis, domestic abuse, sexual abuse, gender or sexuality issues, low self-esteem, suicidal feelings, bereavement, major life events or changes.

I have worked extensively with clients presenting with drug and/or alcohol-related problems in a prison setting and in the community. I have conducted experiential research at MSc level with clients undertaking person-centred therapy in a prison setting. I take an active role as Board Member in the Counselling in Prisons Network.


I have extensively researched the experiences of prisoners undertaking person-centred therapy and produced a body of research entitled ‘Alcohol Counselling in Prison: A Qualitative Study’.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Blood-borne viruses, hepatitis, chronic illness


Each session lasts 50 minutes and the cost is £45 - £60 depending on your financial circumstances.

I offer short-term, long-term or open-ended counselling with regular reviews.

I am happy to offer sessions via phone or Skype if face to face counselling is not possible.

Further information

I have worked in counselling since 2008 and full-time in psychotherapy since 2012. I have a passionate interest in the person-centred movement and mindfulness.

The person centred approach is underpinned with three core conditions; empathy, unconditional positive regard and congruence. I endeavour to offer these conditions during every session. I will respect you as an individual no matter what differences in gender, background, ethnic origin, sexuality, age or disability we may have.

I am on a main bus route with free parking situated on nearby streets. My counselling room is situated up a flight of stairs and regretfully may not be suitable for people with mobility difficulties.

Please contact me if you are unsure or have any queries.

Maps & Directions

Edinburgh, EH11

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Mon - Thurs: Late afternoon and evenings. Some weekend availability.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults