Dr. Marie-Louise Holmes, Clinical Psychologist. (BSc Hons, MSc, DClinPsych)

Dr. Marie-Louise Holmes, Clinical Psychologist. (BSc Hons, MSc, DClinPsych)

Safe Space Psychology Services
Allloway House
6 Alloway Place
South Ayrshire

Dr Marie-Louise Holmes
3 Drumchapel Place
G15 6BN

07734 739758

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About me

Safe Space Psychology Services

Dr Marie-Louise Holmes has developed Safe Space, a therapy service with a difference. She decided to offer the PhD level skills of a consultant clinical psychologist to the public, at an affordable price, without the need for NHS referral or long waiting times.

To allow her to match a range of services to your particular needs three options are available, all designed to offer you the space you need to regain your inner strength and feel better.

Therapy Space £75   One hour face to face sessions.

Marie works differently from other therapists. Due to the specialist training of clinical psychologists combined with twenty years of experience working in both NHS and independent services she is not restricted to using only one type of therapy.

She integrates a full range of evidence based therapeutic approaches. This means whatever is keeping you stuck can be understood at a deeper level and your therapy is always uniquely tailored to you. Over 50% of her current clients have attended other services that did not quite fit with their needs at the time and as a result they approached Safe Space looking to feel more accurately understood.

Marie explains, ‘You can attend weekly, fortnightly or less often if more convenient. Ideally, attending around 3 sessions fairly close together at the start allows us to develop a clear understanding of what is holding you back. Then we can then start developing your therapy approach that will allow you to make the specific changes that get you back in control and feeling positive.’

On average people attend for around 6-10 sessions but it is important to remember that there is no maximum number of sessions and you can end therapy at any time.

Listening Space £50  Single 45 minute session

The listening space is here to support you when feeling overwhelmed, misunderstood or alone due to what life has thrown at you.

People who use this session feel that they would like to draw on the depth and range of experience that Marie offers, without perhaps attending regular therapy sessions at the moment. They may have a particular issue they are struggling with and would like a listening session for some ideas or support.

Marie suggests.. ’Bring anything to the listening space that is causing you distress. Nothing is too big or too small. Others often let us down, the world can be very unfair and it can feel as though everything is falling apart. I have worked with people's emotional struggles for twenty years and I believe that whatever you bring, I will have helped with something similar before. I will always seek to understand things from your perspective. If I think that you would be better helped elsewhere, I will advise you where to go.’

The aim of this session is to have you feeling relieved, understood, and in a position to decide how to move forward. You may also be offered some additional helpful information or a new approach to try.

If you wish to do further work then the Therapy or Wellbeing Space may be appropriate for you.

Wellbeing Space £100 9.30-3pm (coming in 2015)

This space consists of a series of workshops for busy people looking for a shorter, condensed but value for money service.

This is NOT group therapy. Education and practical skills are provided in small group sessions (4-6 people)

Managing Depression - What your doctor hasn't told you and your friends don't understand

Finding Calm – taking control then letting go

Be Kinder to Yourself - Become more confident and stop shooting yourself in the foot

Avoiding the Traps – Discover and change the repeating patterns that keep you stuck

Training, qualifications & experience

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology - Glasgow University

MSc Psychological Research Methods - Strathclyde University

BSc (Hons) Psychology - Glasgow Caledonian University

I have worked in a variety of mental health settings for twenty years including;

Adult mental health and in patient psychiatry
Autism and learning disability
Brain injury rehabilitation
Child and adolescent mental health.

I have also had ten years of experience working with Scotland’s Breathing Space telephone helpline, providing a listening and support service for those feeling suicidal or experiencing any type of emotional crisis.

I have a keen interest in working with people who have experienced trauma, those with a diagnosis of depression, anxiety disorders or personality disorder.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Other areas of counselling I deal with

Brain Injury Rehabilitation
Complex Trauma
Complex PTSD
I supervise Art Psychotherapy trainees and use image making as part of therapy


Listening Space £50 for 45 min single session

For people who may be feeling overwhelmed and need a helpful conversation.

Therapy Space £75 per hour

Evidence based psychological therapy tailored to your particular needs.

Wellbeing Space £100 per day (coming in 2015)

Condensed skills based workshops for busy people.

I am an approved Clinical Psychologist with Aviva Insurance. If you have private medical insurance with this provider then you may be eligible for funding.

Further information

Coming to Safe Space is simple.

Marie is available for a free 10 minute phone call on 07734 739758 to discuss how she may be able to help. She would prefer that you are able to speak to her directly so there are no administration systems to work through. Just text or leave a voicemail message and she will call you back as soon as she can.

She insists on providing strictly confidential, evidence based therapy with the informal feeling of a normal conversation. As a result she has found the most comfortable chairs she can for her sea view room in Ayr.

Maps & Directions

Ayr, KA7 2AA
Glasgow, G15 6BN

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No


Flexible day, evening and weekend session times available.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

I am a Consultant Clinical Psychologist who provides supervision for psychologists, therapists, counselors and other professionals. .

Online supervision:Yes
Telephone supervision:Yes
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