Miriam McHardy

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MBACP. PGdip. Couns. MA(Hons)
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Cockenzie EH32 & Musselburgh EH21
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Sometimes life is difficult. Whether it’s an overwhelming crisis, or the slow realisation of things not being right, we can often end up feeling stuck or that life isn’t what we intended. That’s when counselling can help.

I’m a psychodynamic counsellor based in East Lothian. I can provide you with a safe, welcoming, space where you can talk through what’s affecting you, and better understand what’s going on and how you might change it.

I'm experienced working with adolescents (16+), adults and older adults, including people in midlife, and those experiencing life transitions.

How Counselling can help

As a psychodynamic counsellor, I believe our past experiences often have an effect on our present-day life and relationships, sometimes causing us to get stuck in unhelpful patterns. By working through some of those experiences in counselling it can help us understand how they might be affecting us now. We can then use this insight to make positive changes and create new patterns that are right for us today.

My approach allows you to work at your own pace and use the sessions to talk about whatever feels important to you, without judgement. I’ll use my experience and training to offer insights into what you share and encourage you to explore challenging areas where you feel stuck.  

I have a warm and calm counselling style which I’ve found fits particularly well with those who have experienced trauma loss, and anxiety.

What to expect in your first session

It can be an anxious experience when first reaching out for counselling support, so I offer an introductory appointment at a reduced rate. 

During this time, you can tell me a bit about what you’re looking for and find out if the way I work is right for you. 

Training, qualifications & experience

  • PG Diploma Human Relations and Counselling
  • COSCA PG Cert Counselling Skills
  • MA (Hons) Psychology with Management
  • Adult counsellor
  • School/ adolescent counselling
  • British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy: Registered Member
  • Member of PVG scheme

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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£55.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

I offer a reduced rate of £35 for an introductory appointment. During this time, you can tell me a bit about what you’re looking for and find out if the way I work is right for you.

Concessions available. Please contact me to discuss. 

Fees are payable weekly, or monthly in advance.

When I work

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Further information

I’m experienced in working short and long term with clients, but recommend you commit to an initial block of six sessions after which we’ll review progress. For some people that’s enough, others choose to work longer term. 

I work in person in Cockenzie, with good public transport and parking nearby, or walk and take sessions in the local area. I also work online. 

Cockenzie, East Lothian, EH32

Musselburgh, East Lothian, EH21

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

PVG Scheme

In Scotland, criminal records checks are carried out by Disclosure Scotland. Professionals working with children or vulnerable adults must join the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme. You can learn more at mygov.scot , or contact this professional directly.

Miriam McHardy
Miriam McHardy