Gavin Lashley

Integrative CBT counsellor, MA Psychology Hons
Edinburgh, EH7
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About me

I am an integrative Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) counsellor, working exclusively online. My main role as a counsellor is to help you connect with how you want to be in the world and to help us work together towards putting that into practice. I believe counselling can be of benefit to anyone who wants support with changing the way they relate to themselves and their environment. It could be, for example, that you are missing out on opportunities due to fear of failure, you feel stuck in a relationship, job, or friendship group, or that whatever you do never seems to quieten the cruel self-critical voice in your head.

My Approach
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an approach designed to develop new ways of thinking about ourselves and our environments. It helps us to learn that we are not our thoughts, and about how our thoughts, emotions, and behaviours interact. My approach mixes CBT with other approaches such as Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy. I use IFS to help recognise and relate to different parts of our characters, especially the parts that are problematic or make us feel shame.

What is the goal of therapy?
Therapy is not about being perfect or always happy, nor is it about never feeling sad or anxious. It's about creating an environment where you feel unconditionally accepted and you can practice that unconditional acceptance towards yourself. If I sound like someone you think you could work and connect with, I'd love to hear from you.

What would a session with you be like?
The first session is quite structured, including a questionnaire and background questions to give me a solid base of understanding about where we are beginning. Subsequent sessions are tailored to the needs of the client at that particular time. We may use CBT tools to gain more clarity about thought processes and reactive behaviours, or we may take a more conversational approach to exploring your feelings or values. I like to end each session with some time for feedback from you to allow me to work in a more individualised manner.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Counselling and Groupwork - A Cognitive Behavioural Approach (Centre of Therapy, 2017)
  • COSCA counselling skills (Centre of Therapy, 2015)
  • Psychology MA 2:1 degree (Edinburgh University, 2007)
  • IFS Immersion: Integrating Internal Family Systems (IFS) Across Clinical Applications (PESI Online Courses, 2021)
  • Non-Violent Communication - 2-day Foundational Course (2015)
  • 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course (2016)
  • Rethinking Masculinities as a gender violence reduction strategy (2015)
  • ASIST suicide prevention 2-day course (2019)

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Questioning mainstream (toxic) masculinity

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From £35.00 to £55.00
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

My standard fee is £45 for a 55-minute session.

In order to make my services more accessible I use a sliding scale. Those able to afford more than the standard fee have the option of paying more to allow me to offer less wealthy clients a lower fee. In all cases I accept people's declaration of what they can afford.

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