Kimberley Cunningham

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MBACP, GMBPsS (Psychotherapist, MSc., PgDip., BSc.)
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Dalkeith EH22 & Stirling FK8
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This professional is available for new clients.

About me


I'm Kimberley, a registered psychotherapist with experience supporting adults and young people across the world through integrative psychotherapy (both online and in-person). I appreciate just how important this step will be,  reaching out for support, and so I hope to offer some insight into myself (as both person and therapist) and my practice to hopefully help you with this important decision. 

My Approach:

My work with clients encompasses three core values (therapist transparency, empathy and unconditional acceptance) for creating an empowering, safe, open and gentle therapeutic space to facilitate change and healing. I will work with you to explore and make sense of how you are feeling and to support you in identifying your own way forward.  

I offer both online and in-person therapy, underpinned by the Person-Centred Approach to counselling. Other approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-Based Interventions, and creative arts may also inform the work we do together, if this is something you might like to explore. I understand that each person is different, and might need different things from therapy too. I hope to offer a more integrated approach which considers and nurtures human difference. 

The Person-Centred Approach:

Person-Centred therapy provides the foundation for my work with clients. This approach aims to empower clients to connect with their own natural capacity for healing and growth, and to facilitate change through the therapeutic relationship. Person-Centred therapy is a non-directive approach, which works to connect with the core and root-causes of emotional and psychological difficulties. If you would like to hear more about the approach, or if you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Free Initial Consultation:

I know that sometimes it can feel very difficult taking this first step and so I believe it is important to provide an opportunity to get to know your counsellor before beginning therapy. To support this, I offer an initial free 20-minute consultation if this is something you might like to do.

About Me:

I am originally from Eswatini, Southern Africa, where I spent most of my childhood. I enjoy long walks, gentle runs, and yoga - I will also try my hand at anything crafty! I have established my practice in the hope of supporting and empowering adults and young people to achieve emotional and psychological wellbeing through therapy.

I hope to provide a confidential, professional and experienced service for people seeking support for emotional difficulties, life challenges, career development, or more complex psychological conditions.

As well as experience working with a variety of client presentations, I also have specific training and experience supporting: Anxiety; Depression; Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD); and low self-esteem.

If you're curious about the approach, or perhaps might like to explore working together, please don't hesitate to get in touch with any questions at all, 

Warmest wishes, 


Training, qualifications & experience

I have achieved the following qualifications to date:​

  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology - The University of Stirling
  • Master of Science in Counselling & Psychotherapy - The University of Strathclyde
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Careers Guidance & Development - Edinburgh Napier University
  • Diploma in Life Coaching - The Blackford Centre
  • COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills - West Lothian College
  • Advanced Certificate in Online & Telephone Counselling - ACTO Level 2 Accredited training

Additional training I have undertaken:  

  • Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) - The Compassionate Mind Foundation
  • OCD Action Advanced Training - OCD Action E-Helpline Volunteer Training
  • Psychological Resilience Training - The Therapeutic Counselling Services Group
  • Coaching Skills In Career Development (Career Management Skills) - Skills Development Scotland

I am a Registered Member of the The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy; a Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society; a Certified Online & Telephone Counsellor (Advanced, ACTO Level 2); and a Professional Community Member of the International Association for Premenstrual Disorders.

I have also previously had the opportunity to provide online support and resources to individuals and families across the world affected by Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) as an E-Helpline Volunteer with OCD Action. 

My experience also includes the following roles:

  • School Counsellor - providing one to one therapy and group work to children and young people in Scottish secondary schools 
  • Careers Guidance Counsellor - providing careers advice and guidance to adults and young people in various locations in Scotland and Southern Africa.
  • Psychotherapist - I have had the opportunity to work with a variety of client groups within the third sector and the NHS.

Member organisations

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Counselling for young people/ youth counselling/ adolescent counselling
  • Self-Confidence
  • Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
  • Women's mental health 
  • Online counselling
  • Video counselling


£80.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Additional information

My fee structure is as follows:

  • 20-minute introductory session: FREE
  • 50-minute counselling sessions (for adults): £80
  • 50-minute counselling sessions (for young people under the age of 16, which includes support for parents): £100

Please note that fees are payable 24hrs in advance of each session by bank transfer.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

My appointment times are flexible, including evenings.

Further information

Some Benefits of Remote Counselling:

  • Accessing therapy from your own home (or somewhere else you might find comfortable)
  • Being able to write down your thoughts and feelings (eg. in email and instant messenger)
  • Flexibility to choose how you engage with therapy (eg. through video, email or instant messenger)

Cancellation Policy:

Due to a high demand for counselling, it is important to note that sessions may be cancelled no later than 48hrs before the appointment. Thereafter, the missed session will be charged at the full rate.

Dalkeith, Midlothian, EH22

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

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Kimberley Cunningham
Kimberley Cunningham