About me

I am a friendly and experienced counsellor previously offering 1-1 sessions at Napiers Clinic, Bristo Place in Edinburgh city centre. I'm currently offering sessions primarily on Skype/Zoom with the option of moving to telephone if desired. As your counsellor I will offer understanding, acceptance and support wherever you are at. With the right the right support we can all learn to make better choices about our lives. Counselling offers the opportunity to gain insight and understanding and supports people to find their voice and their own way forward.

My main approach to therapeutic work is person centred. I'm also influenced by creative therapies and psychodynamic theory and practice. Regardless of a counsellor's theoretical background the most important thing is having a good working relationship between counsellor and client. I aim to create a warm welcoming space within which you can bring everything you want and need to talk about, especially the things you struggle with or that have not felt heard elsewhere.

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold an Advanced Diploma in Counselling which has been professionally validated by COSCA (the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland). I am also a member of BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychtherapy).

I subscribe and adhere to BACP’s code of ethics and practice. I receive regular supervision and hold suitable professional insurance. The counselling sessions that I offer are confidential.

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.


Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Sessions cost £50 and last for 1 hour. For students and those on low incomes I offer a sliding scale in the hope this will make sessions more accessible.


Mondays 12pm-9.30pm and Friday 9am-6pm.

Further information

I see counselling as a supportive process that sensitively encourages each person to express themselves in their own way and at their own pace. It highly values the unique perspective that each of us has on life and on our own particular situation. It allows people the chance to share their experiences and feel heard and understood. It creates a safe space to explore who you are and what you want. People come to counselling for all sorts of reasons. Whether it's an unresolved moment from your past, an area needing attention in the present or the desire for life to take a new direction, counselling offers you the time and space to reflect, explore and change.

Napiers Clinic
18 Bristo Place

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

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.

The clinic is on the ground floor and there are no stairs to reach the room.

John Kennedy

John Kennedy