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

Law Degree 1981 (LLB); Psychology degree 1989 (BA);   Five yr Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy training at the Anna Freud Centre, London qualifying in 1994. I commenced part -time Adult psychotherapy training with NEAPP in 2013 which allows me to work intensively with adults under supervision.


Anna Freud Centre from 1994 to 2004 -I continued to work here and teach. I have provided a psychotherapy service to children's homes, EBD school,(through Brandon Centre, London); Adolescent services (through the Adolescent Drop in Service - Hear & Now) and for the last 15 years CAMHS, (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service). I moved to Ayr in 2005 where I have worked full time for Ayrshire and Arran NHS as Head of Service for Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy.

I have taught infant observation courses at the Anna Freud Centre and for two years an observation course for Disability at the Tavistock and Portman.

I am a training supervisor for the Scottish Child Psychotherapy training.
I deliver WoSMCN Emotional Abuse Training for professionals working with young people in Ayrshire and also contribute to the development of a Sexual Abuse Awareness training.
I have considerable experience in working with young people in foster care, adoption and with their families

Member organisations


Other areas of counselling I deal with

fostering and adoption

Therapies offered


First session of 90 minutes ... £60
Parent-infant work 90 min ...   £60
Psychotherapy sessions of 50 minutes ... £55
Supervision ... £44 - £55

I have a few spaces where I offer lower fees

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

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Supervision & training

I currently supervise intensive cases for trainee child & Adolescent Psychotherapists (Human Development Scotland)  I provide supervision for counsellors and psychotherapists both in person and using skype.

Online supervision:Yes
Telephone supervision:Yes
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