About me

Welcome - I offer confidential therapy working online and, in future, from a private setting in Bruntsfield, Edinburgh.

As a fully qualified, experienced and insured therapist, I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

My practice tends to be mostly psychodynamic - this means thinking about underlying issues and exploring how they may link to why you feel and act the way you do. For example, an area of focus may be how patterns of relating, learned from early significant relationships in the past, may be being repeated in the present.

Therapy happens through the conversations between us in the context of a safe, empathic and understanding relationship. We talk about anything you wish to bring; exploring how you see and experience yourself, your relationships and the world. The aim is that getting to know yourself and connecting with yourself at a deeper level will help you make changes.

Whatever is troubling or distressing you, I believe therapy offers a chance to find a way to be at home with ourselves.

About me

Before training as a counsellor, I studied and practiced law and worked in several private law firms and large corporates at a senior level. This experience allows me to understand the context of organisational dynamics and bring insight into the conflicting demands of a working life and the far-reaching impact this can have on one’s life and health.

Following my postgraduate diploma, I completed a Masters Degree in Counselling at The University of Edinburgh.  My research focused on the question of how a therapist’s own experience of being a-client-in-therapy influences and informs their working with clients.

My approach and what to expect

I offer an initial meeting where we think about what you are hoping to get from embarking on the therapeutic process and to see whether the way I work is what you are looking for.  An initial meeting would allow us to consider all your questions and work out the next steps.

As a registered member, I adhere to the BACP’s updated ethical framework and standards, formally adopted on 1 July 2018.  All my work is fully supervised.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BA (Psychology and Law) (Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa)
  • LLB (University of Cape Town, South Africa)
  • PgDip in Counselling/Psychotherapy (The University of Edinburgh)
  • Master of Counselling (The University of Edinburgh)

I have experience of working with clients presenting with a range of issues: anxiety (and panic attacks), depression, grief and bereavement, trauma and PTSD; issues arising in relation to inter-personal relationships, re-locating and living in a foreign country/culture, emotional and sexual abuse, anger, bullying and harassment, work-related matters, drugs and alcoholism, sexuality and sexual orientation amongst others.

For several years, I worked as a counsellor at the PF Counselling Service in Morningside, Edinburgh.

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I am especially interested in the mind-body connection: how one influences the other and how this can help us understand why we become ill.

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Additional information

Therapy sessions last 50 minutes.

  • Initial meeting - £60.00
  • Regular sessions - £60.00

In exceptional circumstances, I may offer a concessionary rate.

If we decide to work together we will discuss a regular appointment slot, usually at the same time on the same day each week.


I am available on week-days and some evenings.

Further information

Find me

My practice room is situated in Bruntsfield, Edinburgh.

This location is easily accessible and is served by a number of bus routes (11, 15, 16, 23 and 45). There is abundant metered parking on the the road opposite or on Whitehouse Loan nearby.

EH10 4HJ

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

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.

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Leanne Gassert

Leanne Gassert