I am happy to work with almost any issue and with a wide range of clients, and would be pleased to meet you for a 'no-strings-attached' initial appointment to see if my approach is right for you.


I started my training as a counsellor in 1998, so I am an experienced practitioner. My first qualification (1998-2000) included psychodynamic, humanistic, and cognitive-behavioural approaches, and I subsequently completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling at the University of Strathclyde (2000-2002). I hold a Certificate in Counselling Supervision from PCT Britain (2006) and a Masters in Counselling (2011). I am an Accredited Member of BACP and COSCA and I am on the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (number 012141) and on COSCA's Register, which has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.


My approach to counselling is person-centred, based on the work of Carl Rogers and Eugene Gendlin, and is also influenced by existential, experiential and emotion-focused therapy. I have considerable experience working with trauma, with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender clients, and with survivors of child sexual abuse.


In addition to my private practice, I currently work as a Senior Teaching Fellow in Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Edinburgh. Before that, I managed a national mental health project for adult survivors of child sexual abuse and a local counselling service offering one-to-one and couple counselling, and I worked on a telephone helpline for three years from about 1995.



Selected Publications

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Hutchison, C. (2015) "Trusting the process? Anxiety-provoking situations as challenges to the symbolization and processing of experience in person-centered groups". Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies, 14(1): 47-61.


Hutchison, C. (2012) "Welcome, Stigmatised, and Mundane: Heterosexual therapists' perceptions of their gay male clients" Paper presented at the BACP Research Conference, Edinburgh


Hutchison, C. (2010) "An Introduction to Masculinities [book review]". Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 25 (2): 235-237


Choularia, Z., Hutchison, C., & Karatzias, T. (2009) "Vicarious traumatisation in practitioners who work with adult survivors of sexual violence and child sexual abuse: Literature review and directions for future research", Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 9(1): 47-56


Hutchison, C. (2008, September) "Disorienting sex and gender". AUCC Journal, 8-11


Hutchison, C. (2008) "The therapeutic use of self in recovery-oriented relationships". Edinburgh, NHS Education for Scotland


Barker, M., Hagger-Johnson, G., Hegarty, P., Hutchison, C. & Riggs, D. (2007) "Responses from the Lesbian and Gay Psychology Section to Crossley's 'Making Sense of Barebacking'." British Journal of Social Psychology, 46(3): 667-677


Hagger-Johnson, G, Hutchison, C., McManus, J. & Barker, M. (2006) "Building partnerships with the voluntary and community sectors" Psychologist, 19(3): 156-158


Hutchison, C. (2005) "Live to Tell: Findings from a study of suicidal thoughts, feelings and behaviours in young gay and bisexual men in Edinburgh". Paper presented at International Association for Suicide Prevention Conference, Durban, South Africa


Kandirikirira, N., J. Botfield et al. (2004) "Getting it Right: LGBT Research Guidelines". N. Kandirikirira and C. Hutchison (eds). Glasgow: The Inclusion Project


Hutchison, C., Porter, S. & Le Voil, S. (2003) "Live to Tell: Findings from a study of suicidal thoughts, feelings and behaviours amongst young gay and bisexual men in Edinburgh". Edinburgh, Gay Men's Health


Hutchison, C. (2002) "Not One of the Boys" in Devine & Logue (eds) "Being Scottish: Personal Reflections on Scottish Identity Today". Edinburgh, Polygon: 108-110.

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