Anna Doherty

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Dunoon, Argylle, PA23 8TH
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About me

I aim to offer a confidential, empathic space via live video (Zoom) or phone, in which you can explore whatever is important to you without being judged. I aim to provide a safe place where you can recognise and build on your strengths and resources.

Integrative counselling can allow you space to explore issues, giving you a chance to build a better understanding of yourself and your relationships.

My training is broad, which means that I can draw my theoretical knowledge from various therapeutic approaches: person-centred counselling (BACP accredited), Yoga Therapy (IAYT), mindfulness (Mindfulness Scotland), Psychodynamic Art Psychotherapy (in training) and CBT (in training). I offer therapy that emphasises the importance of the relationship between client and counsellor whilst using skills and techniques that are appropriate for each individual at any given time in their life. I am happy working with all age groups. I have extensive teaching experience and am happy to work with teens (over 11 years). I also specialise in working with neurodiversity, particularly dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD and ASD. I currently work online with adults.

If you decide to work with me, we will talk about what you need and then there will be space for you to explore your past and how it impacts you today. When you are ready, we can set some goals and practices for you to try out in between sessions.

Art Therapy, Yoga Therapy, and/or CBT can support you as you discover the tools you need to make the changes you seek.

I am looking forward to getting to know you!

Training, qualifications & experience

I started as a teacher of History before moving into special educational needs working both in the UK and overseas. My experience and qualifications in neurodiversity allow me to offer diagnostic assessments for dyslexia, dyspraxia /DCD, and screen for ADHD. I have a PGCE, a Masters in Education, a conversion degree in Psychology, and a Masters in creative writing.

I trained as a counsellor in 1993 and have used my skills in various professional roles. I am accredited by the BACP. I completed my IAYT Yoga Therapy training in 2023, and am currently training as an Art Psychotherapist as well as training as a CBT Psychotherapist. I am a graduate member of the British Psychological Society. 


I have used my counselling skills working as a Guidance teacher, focussing mostly on post-16 students. I have worked extensively with neurodiverse children and adults and offer full diagnostic assessments for various SpLDs. I have worked extensively online and also offer counselling through Better Help.

I live on the Cowal peninsula in Scotland, where I  offer online services to clients via video or phone.


  • Masters in CBT - UWS (ongoing) 2024-2026
  • Masters Art Therapy - Metafora (ongoing), 2023-2026
  • IAYT Certificate in Yoga Therapy, 2021-2023
  • MA in Novel Writing, Middlesex University, 2018-2020
  • Mindfulness TTC - Mindfulness Scotland, 2019-2020
  • Yoga Alliance - 500 hours Yoga Alliance Teacher Training Course-Goa & Rishikesh, India, 2015/16, Yoga Therapy 1000+ hours Paramanand Yoga 2021-2023, Yoga Nidra Network TTC, 2017 and 2020
  • Open University; Post Graduate Conversion Diploma in Psychology, 2008 - 2013 (GBPS)
  • Foundation Certificate of Group Analysis - IGA,  2012-2013
  • Open University; MAEd, Child Development; Leadership; Barriers to Literacy, 2003 - 2007
  • PADI Open Water SCUBA Instructor, 2005
  • Queen Margaret University, Foundation Certificate in Art Therapy, 2001-2002
  • CRUSE counselling certificate 1995
  • Central School of Counselling and Therapy - Counselling Diploma, Cambridge, BACP (registered and accredited),1991-1993
  • PGCE, Cambridge University - History, Cambridge, 1989-1990
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Massage  - Massage Training Institute, 1988-1989
  • International House - T.E.F.L. RSA Certificate, Hastings, October, 1985
  • York University, BA (Hons) History/History of Art, 1982 - 1985

Member organisations

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have experience working with clients with:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • OCD
  • relationship issues
  • PTSD and childhood trauma
  • the impact of neurodiversity
  • eating disorders
  • bereavement
  • personality disorder
  • addiction

I am an Art Therapist in training.


£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

I am happy to discuss a sliding scale for those on a low income.

Further information

I offer a free 15-minute consultation, bookable via my website -

If you decide to go ahead with therapy, your first session will offer a chance for us both to get to know each other and talk about what to expect from your therapy journey. I will ask you a few questions and together, we will decide on the best way forward.

We might work in a client-centred way where listening and positive regard are the main focus, we might work by planning and setting goals and practices in between sessions, or we might use art or yoga to help you understand what is going on for you and how best to change the things you would like.

Therapy with me will offer you a chance to explore where you are just now and where you want to go so that you can make the changes you want in your life.

I work online because I live in a rural part of Scotland. Phone calls are another option, and can work well too. Online work offers you the chance to work from the privacy of your own home. All you need is a device with Zoom downloaded and a space where you will not be disturbed for an hour. Most clients come for weekly one-hour sessions, but I am happy to be flexible to meet your needs.

I am looking forward to getting to know you.

Kintail Cottage, High Road, Blairemore, Dunoon, Argylle, PA23 8TH

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

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Anna Doherty
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