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Rebecca McKinney, PhD, MBACP

Lasswade, Midlothian, EH18
07907 044204 07907 044204

About me

I offer a warm, welcoming counselling service based in Midlothian, Scotland. I can offer face to face counselling at the beautiful new Mysa Therapy Rooms, located in central Dalkeith. The rooms are comfortable and large enough to accommodate social distancing. I also offer sessions via Zoom, or Walk and Talk.

You may be living with long-term depression or anxiety, chronic pain, work-related stress, the challenges of parenting, caring or your relationship. You may have lost someone dear to you. You may be a survivor of abuse, or have experienced trauma. You may be worried about what the future will bring, or simply feel unhappy for no reason that you can put your finger on. You may feel stuck or you may wonder what life is all about.

I offer one-to-one hour-long therapy sessions for adults 18 and over. I practice Pluralistic counselling, which means that I draw upon different therapeutic styles to best meet the needs of each unique individual, and I will work with you to identify the approaches that feel right for you. No matter who you are or why you have decided to seek out counselling, I will offer you full acceptance, empathy and authenticity.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a Member of both the BACP and COSCA, and abide by their ethical frameworks.

Counselling qualifications:

  • Diploma Person Centred Counselling (Interface Ltd, Edinburgh)
  • COSCA Counselling Skills Certificate (Edinburgh College)

Previous Qualifications:

  • PhD Social Anthropology, Edinburgh University
  • BA Anthropology, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA

I draw significantly upon Existential Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy, Psychodynamic theories, CBT and Creative counselling approaches, and am undertaking regular CPD. I bring to counselling over 20 years' experience working in community development, supporting individuals and groups to identify and achieve their goals.

I have extensive awareness of and training in equalities issues.

Creative Writing

For clients who are interested in writing, I use a range of therapeutic creative writing approaches to enable self expression and exploration.

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.


College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists

COSCA is the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland, and seeks to advance all forms of counselling and psychotherapy and the use of counselling skills by promoting best practice and through the delivery of a range of sustainable services. COSCA Counsellor Accreditation is a pathway to entry onto the UKRC.

It is a requirement of all individual and organisational members of COSCA to abide by its Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice and be accountable to the Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists

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

Chronic pain, parenting, identity

Therapies offered

  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy


£40 per 1 hour session


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
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


I recognise your need for flexible timings to work around your job and personal commitments, so can offer some evening or weekend sessions.

Types of client

Older adults


Rebecca McKinney, PhD, MBACP

Rebecca McKinney, PhD, MBACP