Heather Staines

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PG Dip, MBACP, Counsellor Member COSCA
Available for new clients
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Edinburgh, EH6
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I work with adults, young people and couples to unpack the sense of being "stuck" that can often be felt in the face of grief and trauma, relationship difficulties and other life losses and changes. You might be experiencing the impact of loss in your life - because of a death, illness or traumatic life event. This might be making you feeling anxious, numb or just different from people around you who don’t seem to get it.  You might not even know how you feel. I will focus on the whole you - working with you to become more aware of your mind, body and emotions. The ultimate aim, of course, is for things to feel less stressful and challenging; for you to begin to feel more content and at ease in your life. 

I offer attachment informed,  integrative counselling and psychotherapy, which means we will work collaboratively in the way that is the best fit for you and your unique life situation. We usually start by making some goals and we will check in with these every few weeks to review our progress or revise them . This keeps us mindful of the bigger picture in your life story.

Alongside my counselling Private Practice, I work in education with neurodivergent young people.  I am also a volunteer bereavement counsellor with a national charity.

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma Integrative Counselling

Certificate Couples counselling 

Post qualifying Diploma in counselling Children and Young People

Specialist Support teacher working with young people with dyslexia, ADHD and ASD.

Member organisations

Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland (COSCA)

COSCA is the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland, and seeks to advance all forms of counselling and psychotherapy and the use of counselling skills by promoting best practice and through the delivery of a range of sustainable services. COSCA Counsellor Accreditation is a pathway to entry onto the UKRC. It is a requirement of all individual and organisational members of COSCA to abide by its Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice and be accountable to the Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

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

Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland
Accredited Register Scheme

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Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland

Therapies offered


£50.00 per session
Free initial online session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Edinburgh, EH6

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

PVG Scheme

In Scotland, criminal records checks are carried out by Disclosure Scotland. Professionals working with children or vulnerable adults must join the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme. You can learn more at mygov.scot , or contact this professional directly.

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Heather Staines
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