Lai Fun Russell

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Edinburgh, EH12
Limited availability
Limited availability

This professional is accepting new clients but may have a waitlist. Please enquire with them directly to discuss availability.

About me

Hi, I’m Lai. I can offer you a safe, confidential, non-judgmental space where we can explore your thoughts and feelings on the issues that bring you to counselling. I have experience working with people struggling with anxiety or depression, trauma, low self-esteem, relationship problems, bullying, loss of motivation, unresolved childhood issues, workplace issues as well as addiction and grief. I am an integrative counsellor, using different therapeutic models tailored to your individual needs.

I have been an NHS General Practitioner for over 30 years, so have seen people go through many significant life events, such as  major illness, chronic ill health, mental health difficulties, losses in many forms, and conflict in their relationships.

I was born in Hong Kong, but raised in the UK. My first language is English.  I have lived and worked professionally in different areas of the world, including China, Egypt and the Philippines. I am familiar with the many cross-cultural issues that affect people.

I am strongly motivated to help people move from ‘being stuck’ or confused about themselves to living life to the full. I have completed a two year counselling diploma and a BSc Honours degree in counselling and psychotherapy. My special interest is in autism and how counselling is beneficial for people who are on the autism spectrum, whether they have a formal diagnosis or not.

I use person-centred, psychodynamic, CBT, existential and creative therapies as well as mindfulness. After a few sessions it usually becomes clear to each client which therapeutic method is working best for them.

I offer a 30 minute introductory interview via Zoom for a modest fee . There is no obligation to proceed after this.

 We review your therapeutic journey regularly to ensure that we are progressing towards your goals. Regular weekly sessions would be the norm, although sometimes fortnightly sessions may work also.

I also work as a volunteer counsellor in two counselling services in Edinburgh.

Testimonial from previous clients:

"You helped me make sense of my thoughts and feelings, you guided me through some very difficult subjects with understanding and patience. I felt very comfortable talking to you."

"..helped me climb out of the depths of despair, and better understand what I was going through"

Send me an email and we can discuss what your issues are and whether we can work together to overcome the challenges facing you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Qualifications
  • MBChB 1984(Edinburgh)
  • MRCGP 1988
  • Diploma in Mission Studies, All Nations Christian College 1990
  • Certificate in TEFL 1993
  • Diploma in Reproductive and Sexual Health 2006
  • Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy 2021
  • BSC Honours in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy 2022

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.

Accredited register membership

Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland
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Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland


£25.00 - £65.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information


  • Tuesday - am, pm and evening
  • Wednesday - early am and evening


  • £25 introductory video session (30 mins)
  • £50 per hour
  • £65 per hour after 5 pm
  • £30 concession rate
  • Concessions offered for: unwaged, full-time students, trainee counsellors

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Further information

  • Fully insured through Holistic Insurance
  • Counselling member of COSCA no. 4372
  • Clients must be over 16 yrs old.
  • I am comfortable consulting face-to-face, by telephone or video conferencing.
  • Virtual platforms include Zoom and - these are very simple to use and are secure.

Edinburgh, EH12

Type of session

In person
Lai Fun Russell
Lai Fun Russell