I am Mairi Gillies and I've been working as a psychological therapist / counsellor for over 20 years. I worked in the mental health field for 12 years in the Priory Hospital Glasgow as a senior therapist / counsellor working with clients experiencing depression, stress and anxiety-related problems and also specialised in the eating disorders programme for a period of 2 years. I also provided the therapy service to Central Scotland Police / Police Scotland for 11 years and continue to work with the Scottish Fire and Rescue service working with a range of issues from personal problems to traumatic incidents.
I completed my training in 2001 and am Accredited with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. I undertake a minimum of 30 hours CPD per year and receive monthly supervision.
I set up private practice in 2009 in attractive premises in a central and easily accessed location. I work predominantly with stress-related issues, mood and depression, anxiety disorders, trauma, relationship difficulties, obsessive traits, bereavement, eating disorders, anger management, assertiveness training, low self esteem and confidence issues.
The counselling sessions are interactive and adapted to individual need and presentation. I work in an integrative manner using CBT tools where applicable to accompany dialogue and help address negative and irrational thought patterns. My aim to make the sessions as relaxed and helpful as possible and having a wide range of experience of different problems is an advantage. The goal is always to improve what has been a difficult situation and to ultimately help provide either effective coping strategies or to make comprehensive changes to the problem. Dealing with the areas which are causing stress and distress is more personally rewarding than ignoring the problem that perhaps is just not going away.Talking therapies have been highly endorsed to help alleviate personal distress or difficulty, and with the right help this can be achieved.
Please do get in touch if you would like more information and I'd be more than happy to arrange an appointment. I also offer a no-charge 30 min introductory session if you would prefer, which offers an opportunity to discuss the potential of counselling.
I am also Registered with BUPA and AVIVA Insurance Companies.
Training, qualifications & experience
Registered General Nurse - Edinburgh / Glasgow
Registered Midwife - Aberdeen
Assistant Manager - Residential Drug Project
pg Human Resource Management Diploma - Glasgow
pg Person Centered Counselling Diploma - University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
CBT Training - Priory Hospital Glasgow
EMDR Training - London / Edinburgh
Registered / Accredited
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I am available all day and early evening Mondays to Fridays.
More information is available on my web page www.mgtherapy.co.uk
If you would like to meet for a brief (30 min) informal chat prior to arranging a session, please contact me on the above details.
Alternatively, please call / email to arrange an appointment or for further discussion.