Your Questions

answered by Matthew Elton, DPhil, PG Dip (TA Counselling), BACP Registered

How much does it cost? My usual charge is £45 per session for individuals, and £55 for couples. The fee for an initial consultation is £25 for individuals and £30 for couples. If you feel that these fees prevent you from committing to ongoing work, please do discuss it with me as I try to offer some flexibility.

What happens at an initial consultation? I will begin by explaining how I work and my policy on confidentiality. Then I will ask you to tell me why you have come for a consultation. We may do a small amount of counselling work within the session if you are agreeable and if it is appropriate. Finally, we will discuss together whether counselling / psychotherapy might be useful for you and whether we would like to do some further work together.

How many sessions do I need? How many sessions you choose to attend will depend on who you are, the difficulties you are encountering, and what benefits counselling or psychotherapy can bring for you. For some people just one session will be appropriate. For others, a series of six or ten sessions can be highly effective. A smaller number of people choose to invest in on-going psychotherapy, which may last much longer.

Can people really change? I am committed to the view that when you feel stuck in your life or overwhelmed by problems, there are always possibilities for change. Through reflection and action, you can come to understand yourself better and make changes to improve your life. Counselling and psychotherapy support this process. (Video clip)

What approach do you take? In my work I draw extensively on the ideas and methods of Transactional Analysis. You can find out more about this approach by reading the accessible book TA Today by Ian Stewart and Vann Joines or by looking up ‘Transactional Analysis’ at I also take an active interest in a range of other psychological approaches, including Narrative Therapy and Buddhist techniques for developing mental well-being. (Video clip)

What is your background? I have been studying and working with Transactional Analysis since 2002. I hold a Certificate in Transactional Analysis Counselling Theory and Skills and a Diploma in Transactional Analysis Counselling, both awarded by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Training Institute in Edinburgh. In 2008, I completed Level 1 Narrative Therapy training. I live and work in Edinburgh. I worked for a number of years as a university lecturer before moving into the voluntary sector and also training as a psychotherapist.

Are you a member of a professional body? I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy and am also a member of the UK Association for Transactional Analysis.  I am a member of The Society of Authors.

Where do you work? I work from an office at 26 Forth Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3LH (download map and details). Forth Street is near the centre of Edinburgh a few minutes walk from Waverley Station. For drivers, there is Pay & Display parking on Forth Street and other nearby streets.

When do you work? Tuesday (daytime and and evening); Wednesday (daytime and evening); Thursday (lunchtime and afternoon); Friday (daytime and evening). My earliest slot is usually 8.30am and my latest slot is usually 7.30pm. These hours may vary from time to time.

What’s the first step? Contact me by phone and we can have a brief, informal, and confidential chat. At this point, you can decide to meet me for an initial consultation. Alternatively, I can suggest other professionals who might be better suited to working with you.


To find out more, call 07779 036 924 for an informal and confidential chat. Or make an inquiry using the online form.