About me

I have been involved in counselling since 2004.  In that time, I have helped a wide range of clients, with issues such as bereavement, serious illness, depression, anxiety, self-harm, addictions, suicidal feelings, anger, family problems, sexuality and relationship difficulties.

In addition to my counselling experience, I also have a background in people management, training and teaching. My many years of experience in building and maintaining relationships, together with my own life experience, are the foundations on which my work as a counsellor is based.

I hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling from the Queen Margaret University Edinburgh, which is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), the main regulatory body for counselling and psychotherapy in the UK. I have trained with an integrative counselling model, which allows me to draw on the strengths of the three main counselling approaches: person centred, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural therapy.

As important as a solid theoretical training is, I believe that the unique relationship between counsellor and client is the most important factor in producing positive change. Because it's important for you to choose the counsellor that's right for you, I offer an introductory session for £25. There is no obligation and if you decide not to go ahead, I’ll be happy to direct you to other services that better meet your needs. I will work with you to develop a relationship based on understanding, acceptance and sincerity that will allow you to explore who you are, what makes you happy - and what makes you unhappy.

Ultimately, I believe that you are the expert when it comes to you and your life.  You alone have the ability and the right to decide what is best for you - and how to make the changes you need to create the life you want for yourself.

I am a fully accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and I am bound by their standards and ethics. This means that you can be assured that I will act in your interests - and yours alone. It also means that you will be afforded the care, confidentiality and respect to which you are entitled. I am a full accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold a post-graduate Diploma in Counselling from Queen Margaret University and a Certificate in Counselling Skills from COSCA.

I have worked as a counsellor for over 15 years, helping clients with a range of problems.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


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.


£45.00 per session

Additional information

The first session costs £25.  This is intended to give you an opportunity to decide whether you think counselling is your best way forward and whether I am the counsellor for you.  Subsequent sessions cost £45 for one hour.


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Further information

I am trained and experienced in working with the three main counselling approaches: psychodynamic, person centred and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).  The approach taken is tailored to the individual client and their needs.  That said, research shows us that the most important factor in therapy is the relationship between client and counsellor and my priority is always to provide a safe, confidential, supportive and accepting environment for us to work in.

In addition to offering online counselling, I work from the centre of Musselburgh for face to face counselling.  If you need to use public transport, Musselburgh High Street has excellent bus serivces and is only 2-3 minutes walk away.

Appointments are available Mon - Fri during the day and also on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

52d Mansfield Avenue
EH21 7DP

Type of session

In person

Types of client


Key details

PVG Scheme

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Patrick Smyth

Patrick Smyth