Central Scotland Counselling & Psychotherapy
Counselling, EMDR, Psychotherapy in Edinburgh


Member Organisation(s): UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) & ITA (Institute of Transactional Analysis)


Therapy Provides
EMDR, Counselling, Psychotherapy, Stress Management, Life Coaching

About Central Scotland Counselling & Psychotherapy
Shirley MacKenzie is an experienced practitioner with 20+years clinical experience of working to support individual clients or couples. She works in private practice in city centre locations in Edinburgh and Stirling. She offers psychotherapy, EMDR, counselling, clinical supervision to other therapists and trains student counsellors.

She is also experienced in organisational work in the areas of human resources, dignity and wellbeing in the workplace.

Shirley offers a safe, confidential setting for clients to explore areas of concern, distress or unhappiness. She offers complimentary phone contact to welcome enquiries about whether counselling is right for you.

Why do clients come? Is counselling right for you:

 Improve self esteem and confidence
 Break free from unhelpful relationship patterns and repeating problems
 Move on from grief, sadness, trauma
 Manage anger or reduce stress, anxiety & panic
 Come to terms with grief
 Move out of depression
 Work through and heal the impact of traumatic events and childhood experiences
 Resolve relationship difficulties
 Address longer term problems they’ve been avoiding for some time
My training, work experience and any achievement
There are different modalities of counselling; Shirley is trained and accredited in Transactional Analysis (CTA) and is a member of both UKATA and UKCP & on their register of practitioners. She also practices EMDR which is now recommended by the NHS as part of NICE guidelines for trauma & deep distress.

Certified Transactional Analyst (CTA)
EMDR Practitioner
Supervising and Teaching Therapist (PTSTA)

EMDR treatment which is now a therapy of choice being offered by the NHS for stress, trauma, panic, phobias and other persistent challenges.
Concerns & issues I deal with
Abuse, Affairs, Aggression, Agoraphobia, Anger Management, Anxiety, Assertiveness, Disorder, Bereavement, Boredom, Bullying, Career Counselling, Childhood Issues, Codependency, Concentration Problems, Cultural Issues, Depression, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Ethics, Family Problems, Fatigue, Fear, Gay Issues, Gender Dysphoria, Gender Identity Disorders, Grief, Headaches, Hysteria, Inhibitions, Integration of Experience, Isolation, Low Self Esteem, Managerial Consultancy, Mediation, Melancholia, Mental Health Problems, Midlife Crisis, Negative Thoughts, Neurosis, Pain Management, Panic Attacks, Panic Disorder, Perfectionism, Performance Management, Personal Growth, Personal Relationships, Pet Bereavement, Phobias, Physical Abuse, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Rape, Redundancy, Relationship Problems, Sadness, Schizoid Personality Disorder, Self Development, Self Harm, Separation, Sex, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Harassment, Shame, Shyness, Social Phobia, Stress, Stress Management, Suicidal Thoughts, Trauma, Unresolved Issues, Work Stress, Anger Management, Anxiety, Depression, Low Self-Esteem, Phobias, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Relationship Issues, Stress, Emotional Abuse,
Other concerns & issues I deal with
Shirley supports clients who wish to make changes in their life due to current unhappiness, general stress, low mood or an awareness of repeating problems that impact the quality of life or relationships. Clients also come because they’ve experienced a trauma either recent or in the past that still causes upset.

She has been in practice for 17 years and is experienced in working with clients across many areas of concern especially anxiety, depression, sexual and emotional abuse, grief and relationship and workplace problems.

Further areas also outlined below:

Adjusting to changes in your life
Affairs and betrayals
Anger management

Body image

Couples counselling

Domestic violence

Emotional abuse

Generalised anxiety


Lesbian, gay or bisexual identity
Low self-confidence
Low self-esteem

Marriage difficulties

Panic Disorder

Physical abuse
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Relationship issues

Self harm
Self-destructive behaviour
Separation and divorce
Sexual abuse
Sexual minority issues


Unhappiness in childhood or present

Work related issues
Work/life balance
Age groups I work with
Further Information
Private Health Referrals
GP Referrals
Organisational Referrals


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