Caroline McGaffin

20 Wellington Square
South Ayrshire


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20 Wellington Square
South Ayrshire


About me

I am a Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist and currently in training as adult psychoanalytic psychotherapist.

Under fives:

Anxious parents and upset babies. becoming a parent for the first time can bring a wide range of overwhelming emotions. An opportunity to speak about these in confidence can reduce worry and stress.
Toddler tantrums that feel overwhelming, worry about dong the right thing can add to sleepless nights leading to a cycle of stress.

Are you worried about how your child is coping with stress of divorce, bereavement, moves, adoption, coming together with step families - talking can help.

Concern about your child as he/she copes with demands of school work, friendship difficulties, identity problems, drugs/aclohol use, anxiety and depression.

Work with adolescents and adults:

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy offers a chance to undo patterns of behaviour or ways of feeling that interfere with our daily lives. When we find ourselves repeating mistakes or failing to manage anger, anxiety or depression then a deeper understanding is needed. Weekly psychotherapy can itself feel a challenge as difficult emotions come to the fore, but within a safe confidential setting these can be understood and their hold over us lessened.
Sometimes, more intensive therapy will support the process better and the reasons for this will be discussed during assessment.


Training, qualifications & experience

Post degrees (law and psychology) I trained at the Anna Freud Centre in London as Child Psychotherapist where I continued to work and teach once qualified. I have worked in a number of different settings: children's homes, EBD school, adolescent drop in service and for the last 15 years CAMHS, (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) 10 with Ayrshire and Arran NHS where I am Head of Service for Psychotherapy. I have taught infant observation courses at the Anna Freud Centre, Observation course for Disability at the Tavistock and Portman; and am a training supervisor for the Scottish Child Psychotherapy training.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Therapies offered


One off consultation of an hour and half... £60
Assessment of children is usually 5 weekly meetings of an hour, initial meeting with parents, 3 with child and feedback meeting with parents... £255
Psychotherapy for children and adolescents £55/session (weekly with an agreement to a minimum of 18 months) unless brief intervention indicated.
Psychotherapy for adults... is negotiable due to being in training - see below.

Further information

Training for adults is provided by North East Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists. (due to finish dec 2015) All work is intensively supervised. The training has enriched my 20 years of work with adolescents and young adults and enables me to register with the BPC both through membership of NEAPP.
I am also registered with Human Development Scotland as Child & Adolescent psychotherapist
ACP is accredited by Professional Standards Authority

Maps & Directions

Ayr, KA7 1EZ

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


I have immediate availability

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