SHIRLEY MACMILLAN Dip.CBT/Counselling MCOSCA
I am a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist based in Ayrshire. I work predominantly with a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach, but also draw on many different types of therapeutic approaches to provide a more integrative and tailored therapy for you.
There are times when we all experience situations that cause distress or uncertainty. It can be difficult to move past these events or to speak to those close to us.
My aim is to provide you with a safe and secure space where we will work collaboratively to find the solutions that work for you. Altering your beliefs about yourself will empower you to move forward and, ultimately, you can become your own therapist by applying new skills and techniques to old patterns of thinking and behaving, helping you to regain control and lead your life in the way in which you want.
I work in accordance with COSCA (Scotland's professional body for counselling and psychotherapy) Ethics and Code of Practice.
I am fully insured with BALENS Specialist Insurance Brokers
I am a Counselling member of COSCA (Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland) and a member BABCP (British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies)
I attend regular supervision with a BABCP accredited supervisor to ensure my practise is ethical and to the highest standard
- Member of CBT'ers club (networking, discussion, supervision and social group for trainee and qualified psychotherapists, counsellors, coaches, psychologists, mental health practitioners etc using CBT in their clinical practice with clients
- I am on the PVG scheme with Disclosure Scotland
Training, qualifications & experience
- COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (COSCA validated)
Over the last few years I have had experience working with a wide variety of issues including, depression, anxiety, stress, self-harm, low self-esteem, bullying, grief, eating disorders, PTSD, OCD. I have worked with both individuals and groups and specialise working for an organisation that supports clients affected by sexual & domestic abuse. I also have extensive experience supporting young adults, having worked with many students at Ayrshire College.
As part of my continued professional development I have attended various workshops, training and talks including
ASIST training (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)
Living Life to the Full – Five Areas Training Course
BABCP – Behaviour Experiments Workshop
Rape Crisis – Supporting LGBTI Survivors
Violence Against Women Workshop
BABCP – CBT for Persistent Pain Workshop
Talking Mats Training
Penumbra – Self-Harm Awareness
- BABCP - Working with Body Dysmorphic Disorder
- Contexual Consulting - Acceptance & Mindfulness for CBT & Psychological Therapists
- ACT Counselling Services - Practising Schema Focused Therapy
- Rewind Technique
College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists
COSCA is the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland, and seeks to advance all forms of counselling and psychotherapy and the use of counselling skills by promoting best practice and through the delivery of a range of sustainable services. COSCA Counsellor Accreditation is a pathway to entry onto the UKRC.
It is a requirement of all individual and organisational members of COSCA to abide by its Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice and be accountable to the Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Individual Counselling - £40 per session
Students or low income (reduction available - please contact me)
Concessions offered for
In addition to private counselling, I am a Sessional Counsellor for a specialist complex Trauma organisation.