Dr Marie-Louise Holmes

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Chartered Clinical Psychologist BSc Hons, MSc, DClinPsych
Available for new clients
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Prestwick, South Ayrshire, KA9
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me


The Service - One hour face to face sessions £80

Safe Space Psychology Service is a therapy service with a difference. I 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.

I work 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 I am not restricted to using only one type of therapy.  The service is here to support you when feeling overwhelmed, misunderstood or alone due to what life has thrown at you.

You can bring anything to the session 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.

I integrate a wide 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 my 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.

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.

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 struggle with anxiety, depression, relationship issues and trauma. 

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Psychological Society (BPS)

British Psychological Society

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

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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
Complex Trauma
Complex PTSD
I supervise Art Psychotherapy trainees and image making can be included as part of therapy if the client wishes

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£80.00 per session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva

Additional information


Evidence based psychological therapy tailored to your particular needs.

£80 per session

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.

When I work

Flexible day, evening and weekend session times available via face to face, telephone or Zoom

Further information

Coming to Safe Space is simple.

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

I provide strictly confidential, evidence based therapy with the informal feeling of a normal conversation.  Sessions take place in a comfortable sea view room in Prestwick with nearby parking and transport links. 

Prestwick, South Ayrshire, KA9

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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PVG Scheme

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Office is on 1st floor of building

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

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Dr Marie-Louise Holmes
Dr Marie-Louise Holmes