Matthew Haggis MBACP (Accred. Reg.)
I help men and women free themselves from their emotional and relationship struggles by supporting them to understand and strengthen their own sense of self.
Qualified and experienced in counselling, psychotherapy and coaching, I have over 25 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 15 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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Career counselling
- Child related issues
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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.
I charge £50 per 60 minute hour. Negotiable concessions for clients on low incomes. The initial session is free.
Free parking immediately outside. Lothian bus Numbers 10 and 27 a very short walk.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime and evenings, at times to suit both of us.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
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.View supervision profile