What actually is Therapy?


Your Mental Health

Your Mental Health

Your Mental Health

I am not so keen on the phrase "mental health" - I prefer to call it your "thought life health" .   Depression, fear, anxiety & panic attacks are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience. Through counselling, I'm  able to help you recover motivation, perspective, purpose and joy that you once had in your life. 




Your Mental Health

Your Mental Health

Aspergers ?  Feeling different ?  Fostered or adopted ?  Boarding school ?  Third culture kid?  Come - you will be understood .....  Guys  - you think counselling wont work - come and give it a go - I promise that you don't have to do anything scary, or anything that you don't want to do !  Teen, adolescent, young adult, adult - you are  welcome here for therapy. 



Your Mental Health


Relationships and family are what make our worlds work.  If your relationships are not benefiting you, let's find out why.      

ANGER seems to raise its ugly head in  relationships. I believe, through counselling,  that you can reduce your need to be angry substantially. 

Andrew Gaskill - Counsellor/Therapist EH3

I'm an Aussie,  UK registered & accredited counsellor, with 11 years of experience counselling teenagers and  adults.   I use parts of various models (Choice Therapy, Narrative Therapy, CBT, Solution Focused Therapy & The Human Givens) to look for less healthy patterns and thoughts in your life.  We all wear blinkers.  I help to widen your sight.  We may feel a bit stuck, presuming that we will always be stuck since we can't easily find a way  out.  Therapy helps us become unstuck.  

I have worked and lived in various countries, travelling extensively.  Alongside counselling and social care, I have worked in the travel, transport & tourism sectors for much of my life (We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us). 

My vision is to see people living transformed lives, living lives of freedom with choice, acknowledging what makes us unique - finding our  place in life.   Being liberated from everything that we might summarise as Depression, Anxiety and Stress. 

Therapy is a chance to talk with me about things in our lives that don't make sense, or that make us sad, angry, confusing, frustrating, or afraid. Talking with me can help us negotiate  these things better, and feel more confidant about living our lives.


A bit about me, and what happens in the therapy room

What will this Aussie counsellor in Scotland look like, what will he sound like, what will he make me do, is he weird?  Well now you'll know !!

.............. Heard from the counselling room

   I'm using up too much energy worrying

   It takes a lot of effort to keep hating

   My biggest request is not to be judged

   I was on medication for 10 years, and now off for a month, and never felt better

   Anger no longer controls me, I am now in control of it

   When I leave this room I am so calm, I react to things differently now

   What you most what to find will be found where you least want to look

   I caught myself thinking about ..........

   What I like about coming in here is that you and I don't agree on anything.  If you just      agreed with everything I said - I would not see things in a different light.

   What I wanted most from counselling was for someone to ask the right questions.

    It used to feel like a hurricane in my head ......

    ​I feel like I have the self sabotage gene​

    All the things that give me instant gratification, make me feel terrible afterwards

    We mustn't measure others with our own tape

    Anxiety is actually a disease of our perception

   My extreme worry , it's neither necessary nor useful

   I  want to ruthlessly eliminate hurry

   The more vulnerable I become, the less afraid I am  T

    The Opposite Of Addiction Is Not Sobriety. The Opposite Of Addiction Is Connection



Low Cost Therapy

I'd like therapy to be freely available to all on the NHS for no charge.  Limited counselling is possible via the NHS (GP referral).  I charge modest fees for private therapy available immediately. 

Fee - £39 for a 55 minute session

£139 for 4 sessions paid in one transaction, taken as you require

£199 for 6 sessions paid at once, taken as you require

Reduced fee situations considered.  . 

90 minute sessions possible - £54, or -  £195 - 4 sessions, £289 - 6 sessions. 

If considering fortnightly or longer gaps between sessions, I find it's better to meet at least weekly for the first 3-4 sessions to build a stronger rapport, then stagger sessions if you wish.

Contact Andrew

Initial inquiry

I'm here for you

I'm Andrew Gaskill, and my Counselling room is in Edinburgh. (10  minutes walk from St Andrew's Square, ) I work with teenagers and  adults 12+.   Emails/texts will be responded to normally within 1-2 hours,  Monday to Saturday.

2nd floor/22 Great King Street EH3 6QH EDINBURGH (currently all sessions will be via Skype/Zoom/Face Time, UFN due to latest lock down rulings.

(there is no elevator in the building) 0750 3288563 - text only/request a call back. andrew@balancinglife.uk


I am a freelance counsellor part time at a variety of times Mondays - Saturdays.   Sessions last 55 minutes.    Skype & Messenger sessions are possible too. (However at least one face to face session is preferred before using Skype or Messenger).  . 


I waited eight months for therapy. If I hadn't been able to pay for counselling, I don't think I'd be here today. (Click picture above to read article)

What's going on in your teenager's head ....?
What's going on in your teenager's head.....?

What's going on in your teenager's head ....?

What's it like for a teen in counselling?

This Welsh video clip looks at what it may be like attending counselling as a teenager.   

You do not have to do anything that you don't want to when you come to counselling.  However there needs to be a desire of your own to attend, not just the desire of others around you. 

How long would I stay in therapy for ?

Great question !  Click here for some thoughts on that.

Is counselling for the weird ?