The Person Centre
Phone: 07789 169 876 / e: firstname.lastname@example.org
COUNSELLING | PSYCHOTHERAPY | SUPERVISION | TRAINING
Registered Member MBACP (Accred)
COSCA Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist
You may be considering counselling because you are having some difficulties in your life just now, such as depression, relationship problems, anxiety, work related stress, panic attacks, a vague sense of sadness or unease, loss, bereavement, self-esteem problems, or problems expressing or managing anger.
Counselling is a way of resolving problems which uses talking to explore what is wrong and to consider what you might need so that you can live a more rewarding and satisfying life. Psychotherapy is usually longer term and works with more serious problems.
Confidential counselling with a qualified, experienced, accredited and registered practitioner.
Location: Private office in Central Edinburgh, in easy reach of Leith Walk and transport links.
Cost: £20 for initial appointment. £40 for a 60-minute session.
It can be difficult to decide on a counsellor to work with.
With so many different counsellors and approaches available, it can be difficult to know whether counselling is likely to be right for you and how to find the best counsellor to meet your needs. I recommend meeting for an initial appointment before you make any ongoing commitment. An initial appointment gives you a chance to ask any questions you may have about counselling, the counsellor's qualifications and standards, and to see whether you could feel confident about their ability to help you. I offer a low-cost (£20) initial appointment to see whether counselling is likely to be helpful for you and, if so, whether I am the right person for you.
Here are some of the reasons why people choose to work with me:
Experience - I am a qualified practitioner with over twenty years' experience of providing counselling and listening therapeutically. I have undertaken additional post-qualifying training to develop my practice and I stay up to date with developments in the professional field. Many clients have recommended me to their friends and family.
Professional Standards - I work to high professional and ethical standards. I am an Accredited Member of both BACP and of COSCA, and work within their ethical codes. I am also a Registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist (COSCA Reg No 3309 and BACP 012141). Both registers are accredited by the Professional Standards Authority. I have regular supervision for my practice.
Affordability - I try to keep my fees reasonable: currently £40 per session. There are less experienced practitioners who charge more for their services.
Specialisms - I am happy to work with a wide range of issues and have particular experience in working with trauma, vicarious trauma, the consequences of child sexual abuse and/or sexual violence, and with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people.
Approach - I am a person-centred and experiential therapist and work from a clear theoretical base. I try to be compassionate, honest and direct in my dealings with clients. I try to understand your situation and perspective and aim to work with integrity and respect for you as a unique person.
Accessibility - I work from private offices in the centre of Edinburgh, five minutes walk from the top of Leith Walk and in easy reach of public transport links.
Confidentiality - Counselling is confidential. This means I will not discuss what you talk about with anyone else without your permission. This is to help you feel able to talk about anything. Exceptions are only is there are risks of serious harm to yourself or others, or if I am required to by law. In these rare situations I may pass on the minimum of information to the most relevant people to protect your safety or that of others, or to comply with legal requirements. I am happy to discuss the limits to confidentiality further in our initial appointment.
To find our more about the counselling I offer or to arrange an initial appointment, you can call me on 07789-169-876 or email: email@example.com
Professional Registrations and Accreditations
BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist
COSCA Accredited Counsellor / Psychotherapist
COSCA Accredited Trainer (Diploma level)
Registered with BACP (012141) and COSCA (3009)
I offer supervision to help counsellors and other helping professionals develop their practice. I can provide one-to-one supervision for individuals or group supervision for organisations, and have experience of working in a variety of settings with both trainees and experienced practictioners.
Supervision is available weekly, fortnightly or monthly in either Edinburgh or West Lothian.
My fees are £20 for an initial appointment to explore whether working together is likely to be helpful for you, and £50 for a 60 minute session.
Effective supervision facilitates practitioners' learning and development through a continuous cycle of reflection on practice. My supervision work is informed by Schön's work on the reflective practitioner and Rønnestad & Skovholt's framework for counsellor development, as well as general models for understanding supervision (e.g. Hawkins & Shohet, Caroll, Page & Wosket). I gained my Certificate in Counselling Supervision in 2006 (PCT Britain) and have continued to develop my understanding of supervision practice since that time.
Training and Consultancy
I will be facilitating a conversation cafe on "The Body in Person-Centred Therapy" at PCT Scotland's 30th anniversary event (4th-5th November 2017, Glasgow).
I have been providing training and consultancy to local, national and international organisations for more than twenty years. My clients have included governmental departments, statutory service providers, voluntary sector projects and counselling organisations. Topics have included: trauma, complex trauma, vicarious trauma, the development of listening skills, non-discriminatory practice, gay-affirmative therapy, equality and diversity, and working with LGBT people. I organised Scotland's first national conference on gay-affirmative approaches to therapy (Out of Mind, 2000). I am also a COSCA-Accredited Trainer (to Diploma level) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Organisations I have previously worked with include:
NHS Education for Scotland
The Scottish Government
The Department for International Development
Lothian and Borders Police
The Scottish Recovery Network
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (Equality and Diversity Forum member 2003-2007)
Aberdeen Counselling Forum
Association for University and College Counsellors
Glasgow Caledonian University (Counselling Psychology)
The PF Counselling Service
Couple Counselling Lothian
Rape Crisis Scotland
Edinburgh Women's Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre
I started working on a telephone helpline in the 1990s, which is where I first learned how to listen therapeutically. After that I trained as a counsellor, managed a successful voluntary sector counselling service and a range of mental health services for adult survivors of child sexual abuse. I have been teaching counselling at the University of Edinburgh since 2008. In my spare time I enjoy pottery, tending my allotment, seeing different parts of Scotland, and spending time with my family.
Craig Hutchison Reg. MBACP (Accred), FHEA
MSc Counselling (Strathclyde University, 2011)
Certificate in Counselling Supervision (PCT Britain, 2006)
Pg Diploma in Counselling (Strathclyde University, 2000-2002)
HNC Counselling (Telford College, 1998-2000)
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The Person Centre
7 Hopetoun Crescent
Edinburgh EH7 4AY
Tel: 07789 169 876