Maggie Costella

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Cupar, Fife, KY15
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About me


I am offering Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) for people who have experienced Trauma, had difficult early attachments and subsequent relational difficulties, I also offer Energy Healing.

My working days are Tuesday & Friday ATM. I work face to face or online as well as walk and talk sessions. 

I have a sliding scale for payment asking clients to invest in what is affordable to them going forward this is - £50/55/60 for a 50/60 minute session.

I offer an initial free 20/30 minute Zoom session to explore - If it's the right time to attend sessions, If it's safe enough esp. if online and if we both feel we can work together. 

Please note, one of my neurodivergent parts - means my writing skills and grammar are atypical. 

Internal Family Systems IFS

IFS is the main model I am offering at this time.

IFS Institute describes IFS as  - " Transformative psychotherapy… and empowering paradigm.

Internal Family Systems is a powerfully transformative, evidence-based model of psychotherapy. We believe the mind is naturally multiple and that is a good thing.  Our inner parts contain valuable qualities and our core Self knows how to heal, allowing us to become integrated and whole. In IFS all parts are welcome".

In my experience, it’s a gentle way to work and it's led by you and your parts - the client and I am really enjoying my practice with it both personally and professionally. (I have some reviews of recent work on my website).

IFS aims to enable and encourage clients to build their relationship between Self and their parts. Self is not a part. 

in IFS the main parts we have are known as Managers and exiles. Managers are both proactive - the original psychological defence mechanism and reactive - aka firefighters, these parts use drugs, alcohol, cake, or other addictive type behaviours to help protect the exile and exiles, the parts that hold the original wound.

My Counselling experience

I have over 21 years of experience as a qualified Counsellor and have dedicated my CPD and Training in the main to help me understand and work with others who have experienced Trauma or had difficult early attachments to their caregivers or parents.

I hold an Accredited Membership with the National Counselling Society MNCS (accred.)

I understand that seeking professional help and sharing at this level is a powerful and courageous step to take. I will be mindful of where you are at on your journey and we will work at your pace.

The therapeutic space I co-create is a safe, non judgemental place, to come and start and/or continue to explore what is currently troubling you.

To enable the therapeutic process, I will draw from all of my training, knowledge and experience to find a way to work with you that’s the best fit. We will work together (relationally) with what you bring.

I believe the relationship you build with me is as important as the theory that underpins the work.  

Alongside extensive CPD. I have trained in several different therapeutic models. The main ones are: Psychodynamic, Egan, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Internal Family Systems and I like to work creatively.

Complex Trauma & Difficult Early Attachment

Complex Trauma & Developmental Trauma comes under many guises and often goes alongside growing up with a difficult or disrupted early attachment to the parent/caregiver, a lot of the time because they had their own unresolved, unhealed Trauma parts. 

Resulting in significant times in childhood when you were not seen, heard or acknowledged and you had difficult later life experiences too.

Together they result in complex trauma that comes from a variety of sources. These days we can also understand Trauma as individual, generational or collective.

If this is part of your experience you may be experiencing some of the following?

Or in IFS language - these are some of the different parts of you and what they hold.

  • Anxiety
  • Panic
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Anger/Rage
  • Addiction(s)
  • Emotional abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (ptsd)
  • cPTSD – complex post traumatic stress
  • Relationship issues
  • Self Harm
  • Bereavement
  • Mood swings.
  • Unfinished Business
  • I believe coming to therapy is about exploring our unfinished business. All our unresolved life experiences and our early attachment patterns are deeply etched in the neuroplasticity of our brains, it’s hard wired if you like.

These patterns repeat physiologically and make us who we are in the present moment time and result in current symptoms. If our symptoms and these old patterns or ways of relating are triggered, this is usually what drives us to seek help.


Sessions can be weekly or fortnightly you choose what suits you best.

I aim to retire by start of Summer 2026 but will review this before that date.


I enjoy being creative in my work and if this is for you we can include this in face to face work and in a more limited way in online work.

Working creatively, I use a variety of creative means, if appropriate, to enable clients to have a better understanding of their current situation eg sand tray, drawing, visualising, and naming all of which help externalise the issue and allow meaning that is beyond words.

There is a lot more information on my website. I invite you to explore it
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Please get in touch

If you feel connected to anything written there, please don’t hesitate to be in touch and we can begin to explore if it feels right to begin to work together.

With best wishes, Maggie

Trauma Work

IFS sessions can also be combined with energy healing - I practice Reiki and am trained as a Shamanic Practitioner.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • M.A. Food, Health & Welfare 1994-1997 Dundee University.
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills 2000-2001 Garnethill Centre Glasgow.
  • Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling 2001-2003 Garnethill Centre Glasgow, validated by COSCA (Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland).
  • Certificate in Relationship Counselling, 2008-2009 Scottish Marriage Care,Glasgow.
  • Level I Graduate in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Glasgow 2011
  • Brainspotting Levels 1 & 2 with David Grand
  • Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM)
  • Advanced CRM Core Self training
  • Case Conceptualising & Treatment of DID with Lisa Schwarz
  • IFS Internal Family Systems Level 1 and 2 -2018-2020
  • I have also completed the following training and CPD.
  • Play Therapy for Children & Young People. Glasgow Caledonian University.
  • Compassion in Healing the Self, Deirdre Fay, Glasgow, Counselling Children & Young People Edinburgh University, Becoming Safely Embodied- Deirdre Fay, Level 1 Graduate of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Glasgow, Child Protection Training Dundee City Council, Loving your Broken Heart, Deirdre Fay, Glasgow.
  • Short Courses -Internal Family Systems - working with Trauma Frank Anderson
  • I was part of a small progress group for 16 months working with IFS and lead trainer Chris Burris
  • COSCA Counselling Supervision Certificate 2018

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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

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£50.00 - £60.00

Additional information

I offer a free 20/30 minute chat by zoom before sessions can commence, please email me to arrange this. Thank you.

I have a sliding scale for payment

£50-60.00 per session

Sessions last between 50 to 60 mins. 

Payment in advance or on the day of the appointment, Cash or Bank Transfer - BACS.

Thank you

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I have limited availability for IFS sessions online or as walk and talk.

Cupar, Fife, KY15

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

Any walk and talk sessions will be on flat ground, with good paths and nr toilets and coffee shop.

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Maggie Costella
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