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Emily McArdle, MSc. (MBACP)

Edinburgh EH11 & EH14
07402 450937 07402 450937
Edinburgh EH11 & EH14

About me

Hello & Welcome.

I am a qualified and experienced Counsellor & Psychotherapist specialising in trauma, addiction, anxiety, depression, coping with difficult life events and helping to identify feelings of uncertainty.

I offer a professional, confidential and non-judgemental space for you to explore what troubles you at your own pace. I would be honoured to talk further with you about your difficulties and how I can help you.

There are many reasons you might be considering counselling right now.

Life events may feel difficult to cope with and you may not know where to turn. You might feel unheard, misunderstood or stuck in unhelpful patterns of behaviour; perhaps you have become unhappy but do not why leaving you feeling more anxious or confused.

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?

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 and help to greatly improve your psychological wellbeing.

Working from the person-centred approach, I will listen to you deeply and work sensitively with the difficulties you bring to therapy, encouraging you to explore your thoughts and feelings safely. 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.

Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) is a psychotherapeutic approach that helps you to work out problems though exploration of thoughts, feeling and emotion with specific tasks. As your therapist I am trained to identify these tasks with you during session and we will work closely and deeply on what troubles you. We can explore the areas of your life that you are struggling with and help you to learn better ways of relating to yourself and others.

Please contact me to discuss this further by email, text or on the phone and feel free to ask any questions that you may have. We can arrange a time for a free telephone consultation for you to decide whether I am the counsellor to help you.

Our initial meeting is free of charge for the first 30 minutes; the rest of the session will be available for you to use if you choose to.

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

Training, qualifications & experience

Training and Qualifications

  • Masters of Science in Counselling, University of Strathclyde, 2016.
  • Emotion Focused Therapy Level 1, 2 and Masterclasses, University of Strathclyde, 2016
  • Postgraduate Diploma In Counselling and Psychotherapy, University of Strathclyde, 2013
  • NCFE Certificate in Counselling Skills, Varndean College, 2009
  • Drug and Alcohol Counselling Training, 2008 & 2011
  • ASIST Suicide Intervention Training, 2011
  • Brief-Solution Focused Training, 2008, 2010 & 2016
  • Motivational Interview Training, 2008, 2010 & 2017
  • Samaritans Listener Volunteer Training, community and in prison settings, 2005
  • BA (Hons) in Criminology and Social Policy, 2007


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

mental health, anxiety, PTSD, depression, ADHD, anger management, addiction, relationship difficulties, living with blood-borne virus, domestic abuse, childhood & adult 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


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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Blood-borne viruses, hepatitis, chronic illness.

Therapies offered

  • Existential therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy


Each session lasts 50 minutes and the cost is from £40 - £60.

I offer focused short-term, long-term therapy 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

Based in the Slateford/Dalry area, I specialise in helping people with drug and alcohol-related difficulties, depression, anxiety, relationship problems and emotional difficulties. I am trained in Person-Centred Therapy & Emotion Focused Therapy.

I have worked in counselling since 2008 and full-time in psychotherapy since 2013. 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 the 34, 4, 44 and 300 main bus routes with free on street parking situated directly outside. My counselling room is situated on the ground floor.

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


Mid Lothian

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 Unspecified


Monday - Friday: from 12pm to 10pm. Saturday: 11am to 6pm. Sunday: 11am to 6pm. I can offer flexibility around session times when possible.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


I am currently undertaking my supervisor qualification and can offer a discounted rate until graduation in 2019.

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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Emily McArdle, MSc. (MBACP)

Emily McArdle, MSc. (MBACP)