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Chartered Psychologist &BABCP Accredited (CPSychol)(MBABCP)

About me

I am an HCPC Registered & BPS Chartered Psychologist. I am also an Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP) and a qualified EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) Therapist.

I am the Clinical Lead and owner of Enlightened Psychology & Counselling Service (formerly Ayr Therapy & Consultancy), with clinic bases in Ayr, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Myself and my team offer a range of services including:

  • Individual/Group/Couple therapy (face to face, online or remotely)
  • Psychological assessment and consultancy
  • Education, coaching and training workshops
  • Clinical supervision for other therapists.

Individual/Group/Couple therapy

I offer specialist, confidential, specifically tailored therapy for clients based on each individual's own unique needs and circumstances. I have undertaken extensive training in a number of psychological treatment approaches which means that I am able to use an integrative approach to therapy and treat a variety of difficulties including anxiety, depression, low confidence and self esteem issues, relationship problems, stress, phobias, anger problems, body image, self harming, abuse, trauma issues and more.

I provide therapy on a 1:1 basis, or in groups and also to couples/families. I also provide a remote therapy service (where appropriate) for clients via different methods including video/phone/instant messaging or email.

Psychological assessment and consultancy

I also provide Psychological assessments and reports for individuals and organisations ranging from assessments for general mental health and psychological functioning to specialist diagnostic assessment for ADHD, cognitive and personality assessments.

Education, coaching and training workshops

I can provide professional and CPD training courses and workshops on a range on mental health-related topics for individuals, groups and organisations and I also provide self-help courses for personal development. Courses can be delivered face to face or online only. Some examples include Mindfulness, CBT Skills, Counselling Skills, Weight-loss Programmes etc.

Clinical supervision for other therapists.

I am also able to offer an integrative approach to supervision for other psychologists/therapists, including specialist CBT supervision for other therapists and trainees. I have worked previously as a Clinical Supervisor on the Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) at the Centre of Therapy in Glasgow, providing CBT supervision for student therapists. I also a RAPPS accredited Psychology Supervisor with the BPS.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have extensive experience of working with a wide variety of emotional and psychological problems, ranging in complexity from general issues of anxiety and depression to severe mental health problems. I have over ten years' experience of working in a private inpatient psychiatric service with adults with severe and enduring mental health problems and behaviours; where I completed my training as a Psychologist. My work here involved working on a 1:1 and group basis with patients, developing and coordinating therapeutic activities and interventions on inpatient wards and supervising other professionals in the delivery of psychological/therapeutic interventions.

I have developed and manage my own private therapy practice and I also have experience of working with children and adults in educational settings.


  • Professional Qualification (Chartership) in Forensic Psychology
  • MSc Applied Forensic Psychology
  • PgDiploma in Counselling & Groupwork: A Cognitive Behavioural Approach
  • Pg Cert. Psychology & Mental Health
  • BSc Psychology (Hons)

Professional Therapy/Other Training

  • ADHD Current Research & Practice; Kings College London
  • ADHD Assessment & Diagnosis; Harley Psychiatrists London.
  • Advanced Professional Training in the Supervision of
  • Counsellors/Psychotherapists; Strathclyde University
  • BPS Approved Certificate in Clinical Supervision
  • Cognitive Behavioural Analysis System for Psychotherapy (CBASP)
  • Compassion Focussed Therapy Skills
  • Mentalization Based Therapy Skills
  • CogMed Working Memory Coach Training
  • An Introduction to the Theory & Practice of Schema Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Trauma & The Body
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for Psychosis
  • Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • RAID: Managing Challenging Behaviour; A Solution Focussed Approach
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Personality Disorder Awareness

Professional Memberships

  • British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP) Accredited Member.
  • British Psychological Society (BPS) - Chartered Psychologist - Full
  • MemberDivision of Forensic Psychology (Full Member)
  • Member of the Register of Psychologists Specialising in Psychotherapy
  • Member of the Register of Approved Psychology Practice Supervisors (RAPPS)
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Association (Europe, UK & Ireland) - Qualified EMDR Therapist.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.

Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.

BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.

Areas of counselling I deal with

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I can offer formal assessment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Please enquire for fees and further information.

I am also a qualified EMDR therapist having undertaken specialist training for the treatment of traumas. EMDR (Eye movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) is a treatment that enables traumatic memories to be reprocessed so that they do not evoke such a strong, painful emotional reaction. Trauma memories can vary in severity, from what are termed big T's and little t's. Big T's might include memories of sexual of physical abuse, or witnessing a traumatic incident such as a fatal car accident. Little t's might be a succession of unpleasant memories such as being bullied at work, or humiliated in public. Both type's of trauma can be improperly processed in the brain causing emotional distress when recalled, which can impact on daily functioning. EMDR does not make the memory go away, but it can significantly reduce the intensity of the emotion that it creates.

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From £65.00 to £89.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Axa Health
  • BUPA

Additional information

From £65 to £89.00

Additional information

Session rates range from £65 to £89 for individual, face to face/or remote therapy (by phone/video).

Rates depend on the type/method of therapy and the practitioner who is delivering it. My team consists of Chartered Psychologists, CBT, EMDR Therapists and Counsellors.

Sessions with a Chartered Psychologist:

Fees for (phone/video therapy) sessions begin at £89 (this fee relates to private/self-funding clients only). Face to face sessions may incur extra cost depending on location.

Instant Messaging sessions begin at £80 per hour. 

Fees for couples begin at £89 per 1 hour session.

Fees for organisations (Insurance/Solicitor referrals, Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP) can be discussed on request.

Sessions with a CBT/EMDR Therapist or Counsellor:

​Fees for remote/phone/video therapy sessions begin at £65 (this fee relates to private/self-funding clients only). Face to face sessions cost £68.

​Instant Messaging sessions begin at £60 per hour. 

​Fees for couples begin at £68 per 1 hour session.

​Fees for organisations (Insurance/Solicitor referrals, Employee Assistance Programmes /EAP) can be discussed on request.

Assessment Reports: Fees for specialist psychological assessments and formal reports vary. Please contact us with your requirements.

All fees are subject to annual review.

We have approved therapists with Aviva, Bupa, Cigna and AXA Insurance therefore if you have private medical insurance with this provider then you may be eligible for funding of your counselling fees. Please contact us for more information.

For Psychological assessments and training workshops - Please contact me to discuss your individual needs or visit my website training page to book available courses directly

When I work

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Further information

I also offer both professional and personal development training courses and workshops in a variety of formats (including face to face or online/distance learning) for individuals and organisations on a range of psychology-related topics and mental health issues.

For Professional Development I offer training courses in:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Counselling Skills
  • Mindfulness
  • Understanding;
    - Self Harm
    - Personality disorders
    - Psychosis & Schizophrenia

I also offer personal development/self help courses in:

  • CBT Skills
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety Management
  • Improving Confidence/Self Esteem
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Improving Relationships
  • Stress Management
  • Building Resilience

Please contact me for more information, or visit my website training page to book available courses directly

1 St.Colme Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6AA

The Standard Building, 94 Hope Street, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, G2 6PH

Type of session

In person