Laura McKay

Laura McKay

East Lothian


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About me

I am a person centred counsellor offering play and talk therapy to children, young people and adults.

It can be a difficult decision to start therapy. I offer a warm, compassionate, non judgmental space for you to talk and share.  This may be things from your past or your present, issues you have talked about before or things you may have struggled to voice to others. Trust is important and I offer a reduced rate, no obligation initial consultation to see if we are able to work together. I am welcoming of all people regardless of age, gender or religion and there is no subject I am uncomfortable with you sharing. Sessions progress at a pace you are comfortable with.

I am a mum to four children aged between 9 and 16 and, for the last 11 years, have worked as a child minder, looking after over 25 children during that time.  As a mum and childminder, I used play, music and art as therapies without truly understanding that was at the heart of what I was doing. Serving on the children's panel for four years helped shape my direction and I'm now able to offer similar therapies to young children and young adults in a therapeutic environment. I currently work in several primary schools and high schools and have a broad experience working with children of all ages.

I am an avid animal lover and have three dogs, one of which is pictured with me in my profile.  My dogs are not present during consultations. For home appointments, the dogs are contained in a separate part of my home although they can be met if a client has a particular desire

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a post graduate diploma in counselling and psychotherapy awarded from Persona and accredited by the University of Aberdeen.

I also have training in play therapies for working with younger children.

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Accredited register membership

Photos & videos

  • Working with Children
  • Laura McKay image 1
  • Laura McKay image 2
  • The therapy room in Barefoot Sanctuary


Children and young people £40 per hour or £30 for 45 minutes

Adults £45 per hour

The number of sessions depends on the presenting issues but this can be discussed at our initial appointment.

Maps & Directions

Gullane, EH31

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access:


I have some immediate after school availability.

Types of client

Young people