Welcome to Amaranth Counselling

Treating Depression and Anxiety. Counselling, Psychotherapy and EMDR in Edinburgh and East Lothian.

My name is Mary O'Neill and I run a private counselling service; Amaranth Counselling. I'm based in Cockenzie in East Lothian where I offer individual and couple counselling.

I am an experienced counsellor, accredited by my professional body the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
I believe that counselling is about personal empowerment; when we understand our situation and our underlying motives then we are able to make healthy change in our lives instead of lurching from crisis to crisis. When you work with me it is my hope and intention that you will learn about yourself and with that insight and understanding you will develop that capacity for resilience to cope with the challenges that life may bring.

I am convinced that counselling is an effective intervention for depression, anxiety and all sorts of other issues that might arise in life and affect our mental wellbeing. I also believe that counselling is an investment in you, it is a process where you can learn more about yourself and perhaps challenge the limitations you hold about yourself.

I specialise in working with clients who have experienced workplace bullying and recently achieved a MSc in TA counselling which focused on this particular issue. This continues to be a research interest for me and I am currently working on a research project investigating the experiences of people who are experiencing bullying.
I have extensive experience working with clients who are exposed to a stressful workplace environment, be it a managing a heavy workload or dealing with workplace conflict.
I have recenty launched my coaching service Coaching with Mary O'Neill which is a specific coaching method that focuses on eliminating abrasive beahviour in the workplace.

My previous career in biology research and teaching has given me a good grounding in human physiology and I bring this knowledge to my treatment of anxiety, trauma and depression.

I also offer Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing or EMDR, a National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) endorsed treatment for trauma and abuse particularly post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Here are some of the issues I can help you resolve at Amaranth Counselling:

In any of these circumstances I provide a safe and non-judgmental environment where you can talk to me and I will help you understand and make sense of the situation and help you find a resolution.

It is also possible to make use of telephone counselling and (video) counselling via Skype. In these situations, if it is geographically possible,  I prefer to meet with the client for the first and last sessions for a check-in and a review.


Amaranth Counselling is situated in the Cockenzie Business Centre, Edinburgh Road, Cockenzie. For clients coming from Edinburgh the premises are easily accessed by a frequent bus service (Lothian bus no.26). If coming by car there is a car park and on-street parking.
Individual Counselling
All sessions are charged at £45/ session of 55 minutes

Skype counselling is £40/hour with the the first and last appointment preferably face to face.
An EMDR session is currently offered at £45/hour and is offered as a package of ten sessions.
Couple Counselling
Sessions are charged at £55/ hour
Further Details
If you would like to make an appointment then contact me at 07773 282848 or email me: info@amaranthcounselling.co.uk
Further infomation about TA and the code of ethics for the UKATA (UK Assocation of Transactional Analysis) can be found at the UKATA website - http://www.uktransactionalanalysis.co.uk/

Information regarding Counselling and Psychotherapy in the UK can be found at the websites of
 BACP - www.bacp.co.uk.