Sian MacDonald

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BA Social Sciences | Dip. Couple Counselling | MBACP
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Elgin IV30 & Forres IV36
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This professional is available for new clients.

About me

With over 20 years of experience I offer a professional and compassionate approach to help my clients enact positive life changes. We all experience turmoil in our lives from time to time and counselling can help you deal with any issues that may arise in a safe non judgemental confidential space.

I began my work as a counsellor over 20 years ago with Relationship Scotland. I set up my private practice Choices Counselling in 2008 and have worked with individuals, couples, young people and families over the years. I bring a wealth of experience to my work and have seen clients from various backgrounds and ages and stages of their lives.

I aim to help you gain greater self awareness and understanding as to why you may react in certain situations which in turn will help you make positive changes by bringing the subconscious into the conscious.

I work face to face, online and by telephone and offer walk and talk therapy.

I work as a counsellor for Quarriers and Arrows and for local businesses.

Training, qualifications & experience

I gained my Diploma in Counselling in 2002 with Relationship Scotland which included training in young peoples counselling and family work as well as counselling couples and adults. This training included 350 hours of heavily supervised counselling with clients before the Diploma could be awarded. My initial training was psychodynamic which involves delving into the subconscious to understand the roots of emotions and behaviours. I would now say that I work in an integrative or pluralistic way drawing on different skills and training making sure that I work in a way that best suits the individual.

During the pandemic, I completed my certificate in Online Counselling, my certificate in Tapping (EFT) and my certificate in Schema Therapy.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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).

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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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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£40.00 - £65.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information


  • Individuals £45 per hour
  • Couples £50 per hour, £65 for 1.5 hours
  • 18 & under £40 per hour
  • Tapping £45 per hour

A sliding scale is offered depending on the circumstances

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Choices Counselling, Victoria House, 10 Victoria Crescent, Elgin, Moray, IV30 1RF

Forres, Moray, IV36

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

PVG Scheme

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Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

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Good outside parking and office is on the ground floor.

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Sian MacDonald
Sian MacDonald