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Matthew Haggis MBACP (Accred. Reg.)

About me

I can help you free yourself from your emotional and relationship struggles by supporting you to understand and strengthen your own sense of self.

Qualified and experienced in counselling, psychotherapy and coaching, I have over 30 years of experience of helping people grow and develop.

What we want from life is closely related to how we feel about ourselves. Understanding how we are - how we respond to what life throws at us - often requires deep exploration. After many years in organisational and leadership development, I trained in counselling/psychotherapy, and have continued to learn, study and experience. This has included person-centred, psychodynamic, transactional analysis, and existential approaches.

Whatever is troubling you - anxiety, stress, depression, relationships, work - you probably want to talk about it.  Where friends and family might offer sympathy and advice, I can offer a more therapeutic approach.  Through non-judgemental exploration of your life experience, we can work together to change how you feel, how you respond, and how you are.

My comfortable, quiet counselling room in Craiglockhart is just a short drive or bus ride from town.  It's easy to reach, and easy to settle into.  Do come.

Training, qualifications & experience

My qualifications include a Masters in Counselling & Psychotherapy from the University of Stirling, a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling from the University of Edinburgh, and an Advanced Certificate in Coaching & Mentoring from CIPD/OSCM.

I am committed to continuous professional development and participated in 36 hours of CPD over the last year. This included sessions on the Transference-Countertransference Relationship, Embodied Mindfulness, and PTSD from an Attachment Perspective, Working with Drugs & Alcohol, and Understanding Anger.

I have been an independent development facilitator and coach for over 20 years, working with individuals and teams in commercial, public and non-profit organisations.

I also have an MBA from the University of Edinburgh and a BSc in Materials Science from the University of Sussex.

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

Mindfulness, Meditation, Acceptance, Letting go, Freedom.

Meaning, Purpose, Death, Dying, Isolation, Disconnection.

Relationship anxieties, Depression, Separation, Attachment Issues.

Anger, Abuse, Self-esteem and Self-confidence.

Therapies offered

  • Existential therapy
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Transactional analysis


I charge £50 per 60 minute hour. Negotiable concessions for clients on low incomes. The initial session is free.

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Further information

Free parking immediately outside. Lothian bus Numbers 10 and 27 a very short walk.

Lockharton Avenue
EH14 1BB

PF Counselling Service
8 Balcarres Street
EH10 5JB

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


Daytime and evenings, at times to suit both of us.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


Supervision offers an opportunity for us to be curious about our own practice, to contract with a supportive practitioner to explore the thoughts, feelings and ethics of our work in a confidential and theoretically congruent space.

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