About me

Serendipity. Consortium  OTherapy  Training  Supervision  (S.C.O.T.T.S)

Sometimes it can feel difficult to take the first step to contact a therapist. Perhaps you have been trying to make sense of something that has happened in your life for a while, or perhaps something has recently happened that has created a whole range of thoughts and feelings which have become confusing. You might not believe it right now but you are actually the expert on your own life. My role is to gently facilitate your journey of self discovery where you experience a more integrated sense of who you are. This will be done in a safe, calm and confidential space where you will experience an open warm and non-judgemental response from me.

I am an integrative and creative therapist with 20 years post qualifying experience. I am also a fully qualified EMDR therapist. I have worked within the statutory, voluntary and private sector. Prior to this I was a Social Worker working in a wide range of different fields including Child & Adolescent Mental Health, Paediatrics, Maternity (pre and post birth), Adoption, Fostering and Disability.

I have practised within childcare systems and worked systemically to support the network of professionals around the child. I can facilitate therapeutic reflective groups for foster parents and adoptive parents helping them to understand the challenges of re-parenting a child with attachment difficulties. I have extensive experience of parent / child work and offer individual or group consultations to carers and staff in other professions including Social Work, Health and Education. I have significant experience of working with children and adults across the life cycle on a wide range of different issues including trauma and loss. I have trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing) to help support adults and children manage their experiences of trauma and support their recovery.

I am interested in working with the whole person and my training and experience has enabled me to develop a style of work which focusses on the unconscious relationship patterns that may have evolved from childhood and how these affect you in the present. As an integrative therapist I draw on a range of different approaches to help me understand the uniqueness of your situation and your experience. I will tailor make my approach to fit with what feels right for you and at a pace that is appropriate for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling
  • Diploma in Individual & Group Supervision
  • EMDR ( Fully Qualified)
  • EMDR (Children & Young People)
  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (Level1)
  • Intensive Filial Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (SCQF 8)
  • Certificated Qualification in Social Work
  • Certificate in Childcare and Protection Studies
  • Accredited Practice Teacher

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 Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

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Other areas of counselling I deal with



Additional information

I can be contacted initially by phone or email where I will be happy to answer any questions that you may have. It is vitally important that you feel safe and comfortable before entering into a therapeutic relationship so I offer an initial appointment to meet up and discuss your needs. There is no obligation for you to continue attending beyond this meeting as my priority is that you access the counsellor or intervention that best suits you. The frequency of any further sessions will be dependent on the individuals needs.

My hourly rate for a counselling session for individuals is £40 and for organisations £50.

Concessions are available for students / low waged.

EMDR Therapy is £50 an hour.

I can also offer Zoom / Telephone Counselling £40 an hour.

Clinical Supervision for qualified counsellors is £40 - £45 an hour.

Fees for Group Supervision will be dependent on the number of counsellors in the group and length of the session.

Please provide 48 hours notice of cancellation, otherwise full fee may apply.


At the present time I have no availability to see new clients, I plan to review this on on 05/07/ 21.

Further information

At present I am based in Ayrshire but if it is more convenient I can access therapy rooms in Glasgow. Due to the cost of room hire in Glasgow there will be a small additional charge.

I can create bespoke training and CPD workshops on Attachment, Brain Development, Play and creative ways of working to suit your particular requirements.

I am an accredited registered member of BACP and I fully adhere to their ethical framework for good practice. I attend regular Supervision to support me in my work and I actively seek out training and reading to inform my practice and ethics.

Membership of Professional Institutions

  • MBACP Accredited & UKRCP Registered Independent Counsellor / Psychotherapist (Membership No. 54200)
  • Full registration with Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC 1017214)
  • Member of EMDR Association UK & Ireland

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South Ayrshire

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I really enjoy being a Clinical Supervisor and the dynamic interaction that happens during these sessions.

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Phyl Cooney

Phyl Cooney