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John Paul Cassie UKCP reg. psychotherapist & counsellor

Edinburgh EH16 & Scottish Borders EH45
07791 180710 07791 180710 Registered / Accredited

About me

Hello and welcome!  I offer psychotherapy and counselling with a practical, holistic and down to earth approach that will be tailor-made and appropriate to you and that we will formulate together. I offer therapy sessions of an hour (sixty minutes) which I believe helps us to relate better and cover more ground.  While I like to bring sensitivity and acceptance and offer a safe listening space, I also enjoy working in a more directive, active way: for example offering suggestions for reading material and further study, and for potential therapeutic activities between your sessions.

If you would like help focusing on a particular problem, or perhaps want a more open exploration looking at different perspectives on an issue, then please contact me.

I am a psychotherapist and counsellor based in Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders, with additional training in Stress Management, and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP). As a Transpersonal and Integrative psychotherapist I bring many years of additional training and experience in Eastern martial arts, Yoga, Sufi meditation and Sufi Healing, all of which may influence and inform my approach, where appropriate. I offer individual psychotherapy and counselling to adults.

My areas of special interest are: transpersonal/spiritual development; meditation; life transitions; managing stress and navigating burn-out; facing serious illness and recovery; and finding meaning and purpose in life.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am an experienced UKCP Registered and Accredited psychotherapist and counsellor.  I have additional qualifications including a Diploma in Stress Management (using a cognitive behavioural approach) from the Centre for Stress Management in London, and NLP Practitioner training with the Society of Neuro Linguistic Programming.  Following many years training in traditional South Indian martial arts (Kalarippayat), I gained a teaching license from the Kerala Kalarippayat Academy in North Kerala.

I worked as a counsellor - and prior to that - a support worker for a third-sector specialist mental health service in London for 5 years, where I gained much practical on-the-ground experience, working particularly with anxiety and depression, the challenges of medication, and the sometimes acute difficulties of isolation. 

I am currently working in private practice, and I also work with an Edinburgh-based charity, offering low cost psychotherapy and counselling.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for 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

Transpersonal / body-mind coordination / meditation / life transitions / finding meaning and purpose / serious and-or life threatening illness

Therapies offered

  • Existential therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Transpersonal psychology


I charge £50 per hour.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers


Scottish Borders

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


I am currently available in the Borders on Monday daytime, and Edinburgh on Tuesday, and Thursday afternoons and evenings, and Wednesday evenings.

Types of client

Older adults
John Paul Cassie UKCP reg. psychotherapist & counsellor

John Paul Cassie UKCP reg. psychotherapist & counsellor