Ayr Therapy & Consultancy Service

Ayr Therapy & Consultancy Service

24 Wellington Square
Ayr
Ayrshire
KA7 1EZ

Glasgow
G3

07947966314 / 07947 966314

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24 Wellington Square
Ayr
Ayrshire
KA7 1EZ

Glasgow
G3

07947966314 / 07947 966314

About us

Ayr Therapy and Consultancy Service provides specialist counselling and psychological therapies for individuals, couples and groups and also specialist psychological assessments, employee assistance, clinical/counselling supervision and training workshops for other professionals. Please see below for further details of these services.

Ayr Therapy and Consultancy was founded by Gemma Holmes, Clinical Director. Gemma is a Registered and Chartered Psychologist, an Accredited Cognitive Behavioural (CBT) Psychotherapist and a qualified Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocesing (EMDR) Therapist. She is an accredited member of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP), a Chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a Registered Psychologist with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).

The service is situated in a central, easily accessible location in Ayr's Wellington Square. There is ample on street parking just adjacent to the therapy centre and the service is within close proximity to all transport links. The consulting rooms are professional, comfortable and welcoming, with a separate waiting area and toilet facilities.

Services provided:

Counselling/Psychological Therapy:

Ayr Therapy and Consultancy provides a specialist psychological service specifically tailored therapy for individuals, couples or groups for a range of different problems such as;

- anxiety
- depression
- low confidence
- self esteem issues
- relationship issues
- stress
- phobias
- anger problems
- body image
- self harming
- abuse
- trauma issues
- OCD
- addictions

An integrative approach to therapy is used, meaning that a number of different approaches can be drawn on to create a completely individualised treatment that is tailored specifically to your own needs. Different approaches might include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Schema Focused Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Person Centred Counselling etc.

Employee Assistance

A private and confidential therapy service is available for staff within organisations. This service can be used for work related issues or personal issues outside of work that might be impacting on one's ability to perform optimally while at work. Offering emotional and psychological support can reduce sickness absence and raise performance of employees at work. Short term CBT interventions or longer term therapy is available if required. The service can be used on an as-and-when-required basis.

CogMed Working Memory Coaching

Cogmed Working Memory Training is a computer-based solution for attention problems caused by poor working memory which can be applied in various types of settings. Cogmed combines cognitive neuroscience with computer game design coupled with professional support.

The Cogmed training method consists of 25 online training sessions lasting 30-45 minutes, consisting of various tasks that target the different aspects of working memory. The training can be done online at home, in school, or at work. The standard program is five weeks long with five sessions every week. It is a rigorous program designed to improve working memory through intensive and systematic training. From your qualified Cogmed Coach, you will be provided with structure, motivation, and feedback on your progress.

Supervision

Ayr Therapy and Consultancy provides individual clinical supervision sessions for other counsellors and CBT therapists. Clinical supervision is an essential part of therapeutic practice and is a ongoing requirement for accreditation and membership of regulatory organisations such as the British Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapists (BABCP). Clinical supervision allows therapists to discuss clinical cases and reflect on their practice in a supportive environment

Psychological Assessment

Working in conjunction with DysGuise Ltd, Ayr Therapy and Consultancy can provide specialist psychological assessments and advice to assist in the identification of specific learning difficulties such as  dyslexia or dyscalculia in both children and adults. Cognitive assessment can allow extensive feedback to be provided on a person’s abilities. Educational assessments are offered for primary and secondary school pupils, as well as for students in Colleges and Universities and specialist assessments can be conducted in the Business sector.

Training

Ayr Therapy and Consultancy can provide various training workshops for individuals and/or organisations on a range of mental health-related topics and issues such as Self harm, Personality disorders, Psychosis, CBT, Mindfulness etc. Tailored workshops can be provided on request and can be run in-house with flexibility with times, locations and numbers.

Training, qualifications & experience

Gemma is a highly experienced HCPC Registered and Chartered Psychologist and also an accredited Cognitive Behavioural (CBT) Psychotherapist and EMDR Therapist with over ten years experience of working in an inpatient psychiatric service with adults with severe and enduring mental health problems. She has been in private practice for over three years and also has experience of working in educational settings.

Gemma is a Clinical Supervisor providing supervision for student therapists on the Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) at the Centre of Therapy in Glasgow. She also works in conjunction with DysGuise Ltd conducting psychological assessments for individuals and organisations to identify various educational/learning difficulties. She has undertaken extensive training in a number of psychological treatment approaches and is an accredited member of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP) and a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and Registered Member of the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Qualifications:

  • Professional Qualification in Forensic Psychology
  • MSc Applied Forensic Psychology
  • Diploma in Counselling & Groupwork: A Cognitive Behavioural Approach
  • Pg Cert. Psychology & Mental Health
  • BSc Psychology (Hons)

Professional Therapy/Other Training

  •     Compassion Focussed Therapy Skills
  •     Mentalization Based Therapy Skills
  •     Individual Supervision of Counsellors/Psychotherapists
  •     An Introduction to the Theory & Practice of Schema Therapy
  •     Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  •     Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  •     Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for Psychosis
  •     Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  •     RAID: Managing Challenging Behaviour; A Solution Focussed Approach
  •     Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
  •     Motivational Interviewing
  •     Personality Disorder Awareness

Professional Memberships:

  •     British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP)
  •     British Psychological Society (BPS)
  •     Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  •     Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR) Association UK & Ireland.

Member organisations *

BPS
BABCP
* We have verified that at least one professional at this organisation is registered with the relevant professional body.

Other areas of counselling we deal with

CogMed Working Memory Coaching

Working memory is the cognitive, or brain function responsible for keeping information in your memory whilst doing something with it. For example doing mental arithmetic or remembering directions or a phone number. It is the way that you delegate the things you encounter to the parts of your brain that can take action. In this way, working memory is necessary for staying focused on a task, blocking out distractions, and keeping you updated and aware about what is going on around you. We use our working memory constantly in daily life helping us to perform efficiently and effectively in academic, professional, and social settings.

Cogmed Working Memory Training is a computer-based solution for attention problems caused by poor working memory which can be applied in various types of settings. Cogmed combines cognitive neuroscience with computer game design coupled with professional support.

The Cogmed training method consists of 25 online training sessions lasting 30-45 minutes, consisting of various tasks that target the different aspects of working memory. The training can be done online at home, in school, or at work. The standard program is five weeks long with five sessions every week. It is a rigorous program designed to improve working memory through intensive and systematic training. As a Cogmed Qualified Coach, I would work with you to provide structure, motivation, and feedback on your progress.


The complete program includes:

Initial Interview – All Cogmed providers provide screening to determine suitable users. The likelihood of him/her benefiting from the training is evaluated.

Start-up session – The Cogmed Coach plans and structures the training.

Weekly coach calls – The user goes through the training either at home, at school, or at work to get advice on how to get the most out of the training, hear feedback, and increase motivation.

Access to the Cogmed Training Web – Both the user and the Cogmed Coach review and monitor the results of each day’s training, using our online system.

Wrap-up session – After the training is completed, the Cogmed Coach summarizes the training together with the user and provides feedback data from rating scales and the Cogmed Training Web.

Six months follow-up interview – The Cogmed Coach documents training effects again, with more time elapsed and the effects fully emerged.

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Fees

Individual Therapy

Appointment times for individual therapy sessions:

Monday    -     12.00pm - 8.00pm
Tuesday     -   9.00am - 8.00pm
Wednesday -   9.00am - 8.00pm
Thursday   -     9.00am - 8.00pm
Friday       -      9.00am - 5.30pm
Saturday   -    10.00am - 1.00pm

Fees for a one hour daytime session begin at £55. Evening sessions cost £60 (from 4.30pm onwards) and £60 at weekends. Fees for couples begin at £65.

If you have private medical insurance with AXA or Aviva then you may be eligible for funding of your counselling fees. Please call for more information.

Supervision

Appointment times for clinical/reflective practice supervision sessions are also as above.
Fees for a one hour supervision session begin at £55 for qualified counsellors/therapists.

Psychological Assessments

A range of Psychological assessments in a number of areas (e.g. Dyslexia, cognitive ability, general mental health and functioning, personality, forensic risk assessments) can be arranged by appointment. Fees for assessment and follow up psychological report vary, please contact me with your requirements.

Training Workshops

Bespoke Training and CPD workshops on an array of mental health related topics can be arranged by appointment. Please contact me with your requirements. Fees for workshops are dependent on the topic, duration and location (in-house/or at my premises). Please call for for information.

Further information

Gemma can offer specialist treatment for trauma, having trained in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (or EMDR). EMDR is a powerful psychological treatment for traumatic memories but also many other psychological problems such as anxiety issues, depression, phobias etc. EMDR is a treatment that enables traumatic memories to be reprocessed so that they do not evoke such painful and distressing emotional reactions. Trauma memories can vary in severity, from what are termed big T's and little t's. Big T's might include memories of sexual of physical abuse, or witnessing a traumatic incident such as a fatal car accident. Little t's might be a succession of unpleasant memories such as being bullied at work, or humiliated in public. Both type's of trauma can be improperly processed in the brain causing emotional distress when recalled, which can impact on daily functioning. EMDR does not make the memory go away, but it can significantly reduce the intensity of the emotion that it creates.

During treatment the client recalls a traumatic event while simultaneously undergoing 'bilateral stimulation' (i.e. moving the eyes from side to side, or tapping on different sides of the body) to resolve the development of trauma-related disorders caused by exposure to past distressing, traumatising, or negative events. A traumatic or distressing experience can overwhelm our usual cognitive and neurological coping mechanisms leaving the memory of the event inadequately processed and stored. The goal of EMDR is to process these distressing memories, reducing their impact to allowing clients to develop more adaptive coping mechanisms.

Maps & Directions

Ayr, KA7 1EZ
Glasgow, G3

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Availability

Monday 12 - 8pm, Tues/Wed/Thurs 9am - 8pm, Friday 9am -5.30pm, Saturday 10am - 1pm.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme
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