Diana Taylor Pg Dip.Couns, MBACP (Snr. Accred), UKRCP
Ayrshire Counselling & Therapy Centre
24 Wellington Square
I am an experienced and Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist and registered member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), offering a confidential, professional and therapeutic service. I have a special interest in the mind-body connection and a deep appreciation of the uniqueness of every individual.
Most of my work involves seeing people at my private practice in Wellington Square, Ayr. I am able to work in a flexible way, either on a short-term or long-term basis as required, and I see individuals (adults and adolescents) or couples for 'couple/relationship counselling'. Sessions may be arranged weekly, fortnightly or other agreed time frame, and I offer daytime and some evening appointments. My initial postgraduate training at Strathclyde University was in the Person Centred Approach, but my practice now incorporates concepts and interventions form other models of therapy including CBT, Somatic Trauma Therapy, Attachment Therapy, and Solution Focussed Therapy offering a more Integrative Approach and which is tailored to an individual's needs. I have extensive experience of helping with most life issues including Bereavement, Anxiety, General Anxiety and OCD, Panic Attacks, Depression, Post Natal Depression, Serious Illness, Sexuality Issues, Self Harm, Trauma, Anger 'Management' and Anger Issues, Relationship Issues, Loss of Confidence, Self esteem, Stress and Work-Related Stress. This list is not exhaustive and you may have concerns that are not mentioned here. If you would like to know any more information about me or my practice prior to counselling, I am happy to receive calls or e-mails to answer any queries you may have.
Training, qualifications & experience
After completing a Counselling Skills Certificate (Cosca,1998) I went on to study at Strathclyde University and gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling (2002). I am now a Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist and registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP Snr.Accred).
I have worked extensively with many people bringing a wide range of issues. This includes young people and adolescents aged 14 plus (for which I have undertaken additional training 'Counselling in Secondary Schools' completed in 2004). I have worked in a health related setting (with links to NHS) and a community based setting (most referrals coming from GP's) before becoming established in my private practice in Ayr in 2005. For the past nine years I have been working with the Occupational Health Department of our local authority to provide counselling services to their employees. My therapeutic work now includes providing counselling services to Occupational Health and Employee Assistance Providers throughout the UK, where I see employees from local organisations who are experiencing either work and/or personal difficulties. I also undertake sessional work for a local organisation where I see cancer patients and anyone affected by cancer.
Further to my initial training, I have over the years completed many other additional trainings at Post Graduate level, including an in-depth specialist trauma training in Somatic Trauma Therapy (completed 2007). This therapy draws on ideas and practice from several models such as CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, where we are looking at what is happening 'now' - focusing on thoughts, behaviours and emotions and how these affect us - 'how we think affects how we feel and can determine our behaviours'), Attachment Psychotherapy (looking at our 'attachments' and relational experiences past and present and their impact - sometimes traumatic), Relaxation Techniques and Anxiety 'management' and Body Psychotherapy (working with physiological/somatic responses in the body and the mind/body connection). I often encourage people to undertake Mindfulness practice to aid their recovery, and although I do not teach this myself, I offer information and resource material where they can learn more about this. I regularly take up further training opportunities to keep up to date with the latest research and developments (particularly findings from neuroscience) and the subsequent implications for therapy. I also offer Critical Incident Response/Support to organisations (trainings completed 2007 and 2011), and have experience of attending Critical Incidents (on-site) ranging from terrorist attacks and major accidents, to serious incidents in the workplace - I work with groups and/or individuals as required.
I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Serious Illness including Cancer Issues, Bereavement by Suicide, Grief and Bereavement Counselling, Partners and Family Members affected by Addiction including Sexual Addiction, Identity, Body Image, Self Harm, Critical Incident Response, Post Trauma Stress, Isolation and Loneliness, Personal Development.
My fee for a 1 hour counselling session is £40 for individuals and £50 for couples. I have several concessionary spaces available for students and anyone who is unwaged so please do enquire about this if you feel you may qualify.
I understand that 'one size does not fit all', so I'm willing to offer counselling services on a flexible basis. Some people only need to come for one or two sessions while others may feel that longer term therapy is more appropriate for their needs. The frequency and timing of appointments can also be arranged to suit your individual circumstances. I suggest making one appointment initially, where we can discuss any difficulties and concerns you may have. This provides an opportunity to meet me and explore your situation and whether or not we think counselling would be of benefit to you. Sometimes, but only very occasionally, another service other than counselling may be more relevant for your needs, in which case I would support you in accessing the appropriate help.
Fees for Organisations, Employee Assistance and for Critical Incident Response are by negotiation and according to requirements.
My counselling practice is in Wellington Square, Ayr, a 1 minute walk from Ayr Bus Station and 7 minutes walk from Ayr train station. There is on-street metered parking outside and several car parks nearby. There is also free parking along Ayr sea front, Pavilion Road and Bath Place which is a 2-5 minute walk from Wellington Square.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime and evening appointments are available on weekdays 9am - 8pm and Saturdays 9am - 1pm. Some short notice appointments are available.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|