Stephen Heller-Murphy

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Edinburgh EH3 & Glasgow G3
Limited availability
Limited availability

This professional is accepting new clients but may have a waitlist. Please enquire with them directly to discuss availability.

About me

People come to me for all sorts of reasons, the majority leave feeling more like themselves. Wounds are created in relationship and are healed in relationship. You are invited to meet me where you are, to be listened to deeply, with respect, warmth and acceptance.

Some people stay for a few weeks, some for months or years. All of them leave with a greater understanding of themselves, perhaps a change in perspective, sometimes transformed, sometimes healed.

I’ve worked in the mental health and addiction field for 30 years with diversions into prison health policy and NHS research. I am a sex positive, LGBTQIA+ friendly counsellor and have a diverse range of clients.

I work in Glasgow Tuesday - Thursday and in Edinburgh on Fridays. Also globally online.

I currently have limited vacancies 

Training, qualifications & experience

I have worked as a mental health nurse, policy development & research for over 30 years in NHS hospitals, prisons, supported accommodation and nursing homes. As a psychodynamic counsellor I have experience in working with relationship difficulties, depression and anxiety, loss, childhood neglect, addiction and many other adverse experiences.

I have a PGDip in Human Relations and Counselling, which is based in Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic theory and I am trained in Internal Family Systems to Level 2.

I also have a Masters in Health Research.

I undertake continuing professional development training in line with my professional register requirements.

Member organisations

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSCA)

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.

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

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.

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists


£70.00 per session

Additional information

I offer several places on a donation basis if you cannot afford the fee. Please contact me to enquire. Payment policies below do not apply to donation clients.

I charge for non-attendance (and in advance for the initial session).

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Please note Tue - Thu appointments are in Glasgow, Fri in Edinburgh and Mon online.

Further information

I am now able to offer online sessions to new clients.

3 Walker Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH3 7JY

5 La Belle Place, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, G3 7LH

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)

Key details

PVG Scheme

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My office is not accessible as there are steps up to the front door. However, I can offer outdoor sessions (weather permitting) to new clients who are unable to access my office.

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Stephen Heller-Murphy
Stephen Heller-Murphy