About me

Hello and welcome to my profile page. My name is Peter Hellsten and I am a counsellor, psychotherapist and trauma therapist with over 25 years experience in the helping professions.

I graduated from the University of Edinburgh, where I trained both in the psychodynamic and person-centred traditions, which continue to inform my therapeutic stance. As a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, I practice within a framework of ethical guidelines and standards.

My therapeutic practice is based on the idea that difficulties experienced in the present quite often have their roots in the past. We may, without being aware of it, have formed patterns of thinking, feeling, relating and behaving that may have become troublesome, unhelpful or unwanted in our lives today.

Counselling and psychotherapy can provide a nurturing relationship in a comfortable and safe environment, where we can give free expression to our feelings, explore our thoughts and reflect on our behaviours and experiences. Therapy can help people overcome ‘stuckness’ that stands in the way of emotional and mental well-being. By moving to a more fluid, expansive way of being, positive feelings such as empathy, self-esteem, love, courage and contentment may increase.

I welcome anyone who feels that counselling and psychotherapy may be of help. You may want to explore a particular issue or situation in your life, or invest in your continued personal growth and development.

Whilst I promote and encourage personal growth with clients, I am equally committed to my own continuous personal and professional development. Over the past years I have developed a particular interest in working with trauma and this has led me to start training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. In addition, I am currently studying for a PhD in Counselling Studies at The University of Edinburgh.

If you would like to find out more, or wish to book an initial appointment with me, please visit my website at www.peterhellsten.co.uk

For now, take care and I look forward to hearing from you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Master in Social Work/DipSW
  • PgCert Social Services Leadership (Robert Gordon University Aberdeen)
  • PgDipBA (Robert Gordon University Aberdeen)
  • COSCA Cert. Counselling Skills (Edinburgh College)
  • PgDip in Counselling/Psychotherapy (The University of Edinburgh)
  • Currently training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

I have experience in supporting clients with a range of issues, such as anxiety, depression, loss, bereavement and grief, low self-esteem, anger, trauma, dissociation and dissociative disorders, relationships, gender and sexuality as well as victimisation and bullying.

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

  • Coming out
  • Gender Identity
  • High risk sexual behaviours
  • LGBTQI+ issues
  • (Complex) Trauma and Dissociative disorders
  • OCD

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Additional information

Finding a counsellor or psychotherapist you can trust and relate to is really important and central to the positive outcome of working together. With this in mind, your first appointment will allow you to meet with me, discuss your needs, hopes and desired outcomes and also to help you decide if I am the right therapist for you. The fee for an initial appointment is £55.-

Thereafter, if we agree to meet regularly for a period of time or on an open-ended basis my fee is £55 for a standard 50-minute appointment. In some circumstances I might be able to offer concessional rates, however spaces are limited and may not always be available right away.


I work Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in Edinburgh and Saturdays near Livingston in West Lothian. Please, visit my website www.peterhellsten.co.uk to check my current availability. Thanks

Further information

My consulting rooms (A Quiet Room at the Shore) in Edinburgh are located in the heart of The Shore in Leith and can easily be reached by public transport. There is free on street parking available. I am available in Edinburgh Monday to Wednesdays.

A Quiet Room At The Shore
12d Timber Bush

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Additional languages