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Professional Psychology & Coaching Services in the heart of Edinburgh

The Craigie Partnership was formed in 2004 with a clear vision.  We wanted to help people in life, by showing compassion and care, while offering high-quality, evidence-based professional services at affordable prices. 

We believe well-being is part of every area of life - work, family, friendships, relationships... and they influence each other.   Careers can also play an important role in our lives, not just as sources of income, but as places where we can develop and grow, using our gifts and talents and finding fulfilment in what we do.

For this reason, we have 2 divisions.  Our Edinburgh Coaching Services offers high-quality Coaching, Career Counselling, Employee Assistance, Psychometrics & Occupational Testing, Training, Mentoring and Clinical Supervision.  Some clients come for straightforward CV writing or interview coaching.  Others are looking to change direction or learn how to understand their personality and manage stress and well-being or work-life balance.  We offer the services of a Chartered Occupational/Coaching Psychologist, and highly experienced coaches and psychologists.

Our Edinburgh Psychology Services offers private therapy, counselling, CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) and coaching from our highly experienced and qualified team of Psychologists, Therapists and Coaches.  We accept self-referrals (no GP letter required) and offer self-funding discounts for clients who don't have health insurance.  Some of our Psychologists also work with major Insurers, such as BUPA, AXA, Aviva, etc.   We also work as Employee Assistance providers, helping employers care for their staff with confidential support, and we offer special rates for charities.  

Our vision also extends to our Associates.  We believe in practising what we preach.  While some businesses will push their team to maximise profit, we believe that a happy and healthy practitioner who feels supported and cared for will in turn offer the best care and support to clients.  Too many healthcare providers face burnout and stress.  We believe in creating a culture of care and compassion for all.  We also learn from each other and have regular peer support, supervision and CPD (continuing professional development), to learn from diverse approaches to well-being. 

To find out more about our amazing team, visit Meet The Team

To make a quick enquiry or arrange an appointment, click here.

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Confused about the difference between Psychologists, Counsellors, Therapists, Coaches and Psychiatrists?

Below is a brief overview...


Psychologists apply the scientific study of the mind and behaviour to solve problems in life.  They will have studied a psychology degree, accredited by the British Psychological Society, and will go on to study an accredited postgraduate qualification in a chosen specialisation.  Applied psychologists will work with people in their areas of expertise.   For example, a Clinical Associate in Applied Psychology (CAAP) is a specialist mental health professional with an MSc (Masters) in Psychological Therapy in Primary Care - they are often particularly skilled in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy).   A Chartered Psychologist is a doctorate-level qualification (the official title of "Dr" depends on the type of course).  These include Clinical, Counselling, Occupational, Educational, Forensic, Health, Neuro, Sport & Exercise, and Coaching Psychology.  It takes many years of training and supervised practice to become a qualified psychologist and to be accredited by a professional body. 


Counselling is a general term for talking therapy (many psychologists will offer counselling as part of a range of services) but Counsellors are also trained listeners who help clients talk about and deal with emotional issues.  A fully qualified counsellor will typically train for 3-4 years. 


Similar to counselling, therapy is a broad term for a person who treats a problem.  Sometimes called a Psychological Therapist or a Psychotherapist, the type of therapy offered will depend on the training and qualifications of the therapist.  One example of a type of therapy is Transactional Analysis (TA).   This is a model to help explain why people think, feel and behave in the way we do, to promote personal growth and change.  In counselling or therapy, TA is used to help foster healthy and positive relationships and communication.  Another very popular therapy is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which has a good track record of helping with anxiety, depression and other conditions.   A good therapist will integrate and blend approaches to suit the client's unique situation. 


Just as therapy is a very broad term, so the term coaching can cover a broad range of training and approaches.  Coaching is not a regulated industry and it is important to check the qualifications and experience of any coach you want to work with.  To help ensure the highest quality of training and service to the public, various organisations have coaching directories of qualified coaches.  The British Psychological Society has a Register of Coaching Psychologists, bringing together the applied world of coaching and the highly rigorous training of psychology.  They define Coaching Psychology as 'the scientific study and application of behaviour, cognition and emotion to deepen our understanding of individuals’ and groups’ performance, achievement and wellbeing, and to enhance practice within coaching'.  Another well-recognised professional body is the Association for Coaching.


A psychiatrist is a different kind of profession, that sits in the medical field to diagnose and treat mental health conditions, often more severe.  They are medical doctors and will prescribe medication if appropriate.   It is usually a requirement to have a GP referral to see a psychiatrist.   A GP will be able to prescribe some antidepressant and anxiety medications.

Confused as to which approach is right for you?  The good news is that we do the hard work for you.  When you contact us with an overview of your situation (see the contact form or email us) then we will match you to the most appropriate practitioner in our team or signpost you elsewhere if appropriate.  We also list all the professional memberships and areas of expertise on our team bios.  The Craigie Partnership team of Associates is highly experienced and qualified in multiple approaches, blending and integrating different tools and techniques to suit your needs.  If you would like to read more about professional accreditation bodies then you can see more information here.
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