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Denise Lyall

Registered MBACP(Accred)


07984 015 280



Denise Lyall

Counselling and Psychotherapy

For adult individuals and couples in Edinburgh

About Me

I am a professionally trained psychotherapist, I qualified in 2006.  I have a broad range of experience in a range of psychotherapy/counselling agency settings.  This experience includes short term counselling as well as long term psychotherapy.


In broad terms the scope of my counselling training and experience includes: personal and work relationship difficulties, stress and anxiety, depression and anger, bereavement and loss, abuse and trauma, infertility and miscarriage, narcissism, ASD and ADHD as well as addiction.  I also have a special interest, training and experience in working with couples - I completed my training in 2009.


As a Registered and Accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) I am committed to working within and, am accountable to, the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. I maintain this standard of practice through regular supervision and continual professional development. 

In addition to my private practice I am also a Staff Counsellor at the University of Edinburgh where I have been employed since 2008 providing short term counselling.  

My approach

My approach is to focus on the needs and goals of my clients.  Psychodynamic and psychoanalytic theory underpins my therapeutic approach. 

Our early experiences, from infancy onwards, have a profound influence on our capacity to build and maintain relationships in later life. It impacts on our ability to tolerate different or difficult life events and changes. By shining a light on the past as well as the present, we can begin to discover and recognise how old patterns of beliefs and behaviours influence present day perspectives and situations. Increasing self awareness in this way encourages a process of personal insight that produces meaningful growth and change. This delivers an opportunity to experience and manage life in more fulfilling ways.

In my view, it is the unique qualities of the therapeutic relationship that is critical for new awareness and change to occur in a safe and useful way. I therefore encourage a relationship with my clients that is based on mutual commitment, respect and trust.