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About me

I am a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, registered with the British Psychoanalytic Society (www.bpc.org.uk) and also a Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist registered with Association of Child Psychotherapy  (www.childpsychotherapy.org.uk) and with twenty years of CAMHS experience.  I also offer supervision for those wanting a psychodynamic approach, and consultations.

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 resolved.

I begin with an assessment which may take two or three meetings, with children this may be as many as five.  The assessment can itself be therapeutic; at the end of which you will know if psychotherapy is the right way forward for you or your child.

I work with people with a wide range of emotional difficulties and experiences.  I am happy to explore on the phone in the first instance.

Since moving to online working as a result of COVID 19, I feel that in certain circumstances this can a helpful way of working and am happy to consider.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Law Degree 1981 (LLB); Psychology degree 1989 (BA);
  • Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy (Anna Freud Centre, London)
  • Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (North East Association for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy)

Experience:

  • Anna Freud Centre from 1994 to 2004
  • Consultant Child Psychotherapist with Ayrshire and Arran Health Service from 2005
  • Training supervisor for the Scottish Child Psychotherapy training.
  • Working with adults privately since 2013

Member organisations

ACP

Association of Child Psychotherapists

The ACP is the registering body for NHS trained Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists. ACP members undergo a minimum 6 year training; two years at Masters level then 4 years full-time clinical in the NHS qualifying in a Doctorate Level course. Full members are able to work with neonates, mothers & babies, parents & toddlers, primary school age children & adolescents. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

Association of Child Psychotherapists

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Therapies offered

  • Play therapy
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic

Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

All sessions are £55



Availability

I have immediate availability

Ayr
South Ayrshire
KA7

Ayr
South Ayrshire
KA7

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Families
Organisations

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

My consulting room is ground floor, no steps, access to toilet but this is not a fully equipped disability facility.

Supervision

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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.

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Caroline McGaffin

Caroline McGaffin