Dr. M Holmes, Chartered Clinical Psychologist (BSc Hons, MSc, DClinPsych)
DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS 2 METERS SOCIAL DISTANCING WILL APPLY DURING ALL FACE TO FACE SESSIONS. ALTERNATIVELY SESSIONS ARE AVAILABLE VIA TELEPHONE, WHATSAPP CALL OR ZOOM.
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.
Therapy Space £80 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 continue with further work then all subsequent sessions will be offered as full therapy sessions as outlined above.
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.
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 Psychological Society
British Psychological Society
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Brain Injury Rehabilitation
I supervise Art Psychotherapy trainees and image making can be included as part of therapy if the client wishes
DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS, 2 METERS SOCIAL DISTANCING APPLIES DURING ALL FACE TO FACE SESSIONS. ALTERNATIVELY SESSIONS ARE AVAILABLE VIA TELEPHONE, WHATSAPP CALL OR ZOOM
Listening Space £50 for 45 min single session
For people who may be feeling overwhelmed and need a helpful conversation.
Therapy Space £80 per hour
Evidence based psychological therapy tailored to your particular needs.
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.
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.