Helen O'Donnell  BSc, MBACP                                                                                

About Me

I have a BSc in Person Centred Psychotherapy and Counselling.

I place a high value on the experience of each individual and their reality, believing each person knows what they need to bring about change and growth in their life.

I aim to provide a respectful, confidential and supportive space, as experience has taught me that in an accepting environment positive change can occur.



Emotions can be painful and challenging, to the point where they interfere with our enjoyment of life or we use up a lot of energy trying to avoid them. When emotions are muddled and bewildering, they can infringe on our lives.  

I help people to transform their relationship with their emotions, making sense of feelings, which are otherwise unmanageable.

I offer a collaborative relationship and work hard to understand what people want from counselling, so that I can offer the support that they need

I am mindful that choosing the right therapist is really important for all of us.

At the first session we can talk  briefly about what you want from therapy, and I will do my best to answer any questions you may have.

This session provides us both with an opportunity to decide if we can work together.


Person-Centred Supervision. 

I am also a Professional Development Mentor for the Edinburgh University School of Counselling & Psychotherapy. 




Prior to qualifying as a psychotherapist, I worked in the voluntary mental health sector for over 15 years.   

I have experience working with a range of issues including Work Related Stress; Bereavement; Gender Identity; Sexual Abuse; Long-term Mental Ill Health; Self-harm; Trauma; Drug and Alcohol Addiction; Depression; Anxiety and Low Self-Esteem.



"My counsellor Helen, allowed me to figure things out and come to my own conclusions, this made me   feel in control of my own life choices"--- Client

"My head is definately clearer. I know what I have to do now without added confusion"--- Client

"Helen made me feel safe, comfortable and most importantly I did not feel judged"--- Client

"I really liked her down to earth, human approach. She is a warm person which helped me open up and build trust"--- Client

Office Addresses:

9 Meadowbank Terrace, Edinburgh, EH8 7AW

64 Albion Rd, Edinburgh, EH7 5QZ