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About me

Being human can be complicated, there are times we all struggle to make sense of how we’re living. Sometimes nothing seems to bring us any sense of joy, meaning or simply contentment anymore.

Talking to a counsellor might seem intimidating or downright terrifying but it’s honestly true that talking can make a huge difference and help make those negative or even desperate times easier to manage.

I aim to provide a safe confidential space at my practice where you can relax and gradually share your problems, regain some clarity and a more positive outlook to allow you to move forward. My aim is for you to feel more optimistic again by listening with empathy and absolutely no judgement. To help identify any elements that are holding you back I may challenge you but always with understanding, gentle humour and respect.

Training, qualifications & experience

As well as being a qualified counsellor I have worked with young people for over 20 years, some with behavioural challenges who describe me as kind and approachable. I enjoy working with people of all ages and have a special interest in issues such as bereavement, anxiety, low self-esteem and depression.

On top of my private practice I work at the Pastoral Foundation, an established and renowned counselling charity. I also have training in mindfulness, specifically for teenagers and have vast experience of working and supporting adolescents. Please contact me to find out more about me. You can also find out more about my practice via my website https://www.7-8counselling.com

Member organisations

BACP

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.

COSCA

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists

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

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists

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.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy

Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Additional information

It is important that you can build a relationship with your counsellor and so with that in mind,  I offer an initial (no obligation) 20 minute video session for you to ask questions and find out if you think you would like to work with me. Thereafter I charge £50 per session. Each session last 50 minutes. I have a 48 hour cancellation fee.  A sliding scale will be offered for those on a lower income.  

Please contact me via phone or email if you would like to know more or just want to ask more questions and find out what is involved when you come to therapy.  I am happy to answer any questions and talk you through the process. My business contact email is laura.mackintosh@yahoo.com

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I can offer sessions from 0900am to midday on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  During the week my availability is 1700 to 2100 depending on your needs.  I offer face to face, online and phone. 

Further information

With experience of both face-to-face and remote sessions I can provide a range of ways for us to work together. To see what might be best, I offer a free 15-minute initial telephone/video consultation. This is your chance to ask questions, express any concerns you may have and see if counselling might be for you and how we could work together. Please do get in touch - I’m ready to listen.

During the first session, I will invite you to share about what issue brought you into seek counselling, and I will explain my methods of work and the confidentiality policy I abide by.

Appointments are usually arranged on a weekly basis and we can discuss and plan these together when we meet. I can offer short term work (typically 6-12 sessions) or longer term work depending on what is needed and what you feel will work best for you.

Edinburgh
Midlothian
EH9

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS checked
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.

My practice is based at the Life Academy Wellbeing Centre, Edinburgh, a beautiful serene space. The premises is wheelchair accessible and depending upon time/day free car parking is sometimes available. https://thelifeacademy.com/find-us

Languages offered

N/A

Online platforms

Zoom
Skype
Whatsapp
Laura Mackintosh, Dip. Couns.

Laura Mackintosh, Dip. Couns.