Margaret Dobie

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PgDip, Therapist, Clinical Supervisor, Reg. Member MBACP
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Prestonpans, East Lothian, EH32 0HY
Limited availability
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This professional is accepting new clients but may have a waitlist. Please enquire with them directly to discuss availability.

About me

Hello and welcome to my profile. 

Research shows that the most significant aspect of effective therapy is the quality of the relationship. So, first and foremost, it's essential that you feel comfortable with the person you choose to work with. 

I am a qualified, experienced and competent Counsellor, Therapist and Clinical Supervisor. I will provide a safe, respectful, non-judgemental space for you. Together we will explore at your own pace, with warm and open curiosity, the concerns that matter most to you. The process of sharing your own story (from your own perspective) in the therapeutic witness of another life traveller can be both stirring and life-affirming. Engaging with therapy requires consciously taking a brave step into a journey of self-discovery of exploring and meeting yourself.  

I work with people aged 5 years and upwards. I provide one-to-one individual therapy, family counselling, individual clinical supervision and group supervision. If you are interested in working with me, or want to find out more, do get in touch. 

Training, qualifications & experience


I have extensive experience which is seasoned with a broad range of therapeutic practice including:

  • Creating, delivering and developing school-based Counselling Clinics to students aged 5 years upwards.
  • Working with public/state and independent/private schools. 
  • Five years as Clinical Manager in Counselling Services providing a selection of therapeutic supports in the areas of Young People & Adult Generic Counselling, Family Counselling, Schools-based Counselling, Workplace Counselling, Counselling for Children affected by parental substance use, and Community-based Counselling for clients who have difficulty accessing support. Enhancing service development in all of these areas.  
  • Clinical oversight, mentoring, development and line management for Trainee and Qualified Counsellors/Therapists who work with Children, Young People and Adults, using a range of different Counselling modalities. 
  • Delivery of training in Counselling Skills Approach to Working with Children and Young People to groups of educators.

Training and Qualifications

  • Practitioner Cert in Human Social Functioning, British Association of Social Functioning, 2010
  • PG Cert in Counselling, University of Edinburgh, 2011
  • Diploma HE Counselling Children and Young People, Middlesex University, 2015
  • Family Therapy and Systemic Practice (Foundation and Intermediate), Family Therapy Training Network, 2016 / 2017
  • Counselling Supervision Cert, COSCA, 2020
  • BACP Registered Member
  • Enhanced PVG, Disclosure Scotland
  • ICO Registered
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Therapies offered

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£50.00 - £80.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

I provide a free 20 minute Introductory Meeting, either in person or online. Just drop me an email to arrange this. 

  • £50 per 50 minute session for Individual Therapy
  • £80 per 1hr session for Family Counselling (working with a team of 2 qualified Systemic Therapists). Family Counselling appointments typically happen every 4 weeks.
  • Click on the link to my Supervision profile for individual and group supervision fees

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Family Counselling appointments are available on Fridays only, and include working with a team of two qualified, experienced Therapists and Systemic Practitioners. 

Further information

I use an integrative approach that’s tailored to each individual client, as each person is uniquely themselves. Together we can look at adaptive behaviours and beliefs that once worked for you, and that may now be creating difficulty, frustration or limitations. Using a selection of different tools, we can work with frameworks such as family systems and genograms, creative materials, different narratives, imaginative processes, connections to the natural world, developmental stages and future hopes.

The therapeutic journey can invite encounters with personal ‘aha’ moments, unearthing and affirming your own innate understandings and solutions. Finding your own meaning can help grow greater self-awareness which, in turn, provides access to more conscious choices in everyday life. Engaging with the therapeutic process can provide an expansive step toward inhabiting a richer experience of life.

My work is informed by theoretical principles and underpinnings of Psychodynamic and Systemic Training. Psychodynamic therapy works with unconscious patterns and behaviours that arise from the past, and that are being triggered, re-enacted or brought forward in some way in the present. Systemic Therapy is most often used when the Therapist is working together with more than one person, though it's possible and often very helpful to include systemic approaches when working with individuals as well. A Systemic Therapist is curious as to how relationships, interactions, communications, influencing factors, culture, beliefs, value systems and much more, shape and impact the group or the individual. You can read more about these approaches by selecting the 'Discover' tab at the top of the page and scrolling down to 'Types of Therapy'. Or by selecting the three bars at the top right on phone display, then 'Discover' and scrolling down to 'Types of Therapy'.  

I am committed to continuous ongoing professional development and keeping abreast of newly emerging theory and research, which I then weave to enhance my work. I make use of learnings from my own experience of therapy, somatic practices and further study of therapeutic approaches such as Somatic Trauma Work, Internal Family Systems, Family Constellations, Jungian Depth Psychology, Polyvagal Theory, Ecopsychology, Elemental Developmental Neuroscience and Brain Plasticity, Group Analysis, Therapeutic Sand Tray Work and Solution Focused Therapy. My work is monitored and enriched with regular ongoing Clinical Supervision and periodic Safeguarding training.   

I have a deep interest in the self – as the inner spark of life. Of discovering what it means to be living from a place of both our own original selves while also being essentially connected to and in relationship with all other life forms that shape us and the world around us.

Cockenzie House & Gardens, 22 Edinburgh Road, Cockenzie, Prestonpans, East Lothian, EH32 0HY

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

PVG Scheme

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Unfortunately, in person sessions are not accessible by wheelchair. Please get in touch to chat through other possible options.

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In person

Individual and group supervision for Counsellors and Therapists working with children, young people and adults.

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Margaret Dobie
Margaret Dobie