Laura McKay

Gullane, East Lothian, EH31
07971952957 07971952957
Gullane, East Lothian, EH31

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.

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.

Therapies offered

  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy

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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.

East Lothian

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


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.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified


I have some immediate after school availability.

Types of client

Young people


Laura McKay

Laura McKay