Irene MacDonald MSc
BACP Accred Counsellor and Psychotherapist

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Counselling, Psychotherapy and Trauma Therapy in Kilsyth area (Cumbernauld, Kirkintilloch, Bishopbriggs, Stirling, Falkirk & Glasgow)

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My practice is based in Kilsyth, North Lanarkshire serving the area around Cumbernauld, Condorrat, Kirkintilloch, Bishopbriggs, Glasgow, Denny, Falkirk and Stirling. I provide a Counselling, Psychotherapy and Trauma Therapy service for central Scotland .



90% of all visits to a GP are related to stress - check out the link to see how it is damaging your health. Psychological therapies are difficult to access through the NHS and have long waiting times, often with a lack of choice in the types of therapy offered.

I work with most of the human issues that are part of life, and see adults, young people and children over the age of 8:-

  • Stress
  • Anger
  • Anger management
  • Anxiety, Panic, OCD, Phobias
  • Depression, Hopelessness, Guilt
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Eating disorders, food related issues
  • Childbirth, Post Natal Depression
  • Adoption issues
  • Bullying, Domestic Abuse, Work issues
  • Chronic Pain, ME, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue
  • The Trauma Spectrum, Dissociation and Dissociative Disorders, Flashbacks, Post Traumatic Stress
  • Childhood physical, emotional and sexual abuse, neglect
  • Bereavement, loss, traumatic death
  • Addiction recovery (with provisos)
  • Somatic disorders (body illness worsened by stress)
  • Bruxism, IBS, Migraine
  • Performance anxiety, sports psyhology
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Sexuality, Gender, Trans, LGBT


  • It is helpful when you start your journey of healing to explore your needs in therapy, and have an idea of how long you are able to attend. Often people start off with a few sessions of exploration to discover the immediate problems and provide some short term interventions. This may be followed by with more in-depth work as these difficulties are often traced back to our childhoods. Early in therapy you will be given resources to improve your day to day function.

    Short term Counselling is up to 12 sessions, to scope your present difficulties, set them in the context of your earlier life, and help design therapuetic interventions specifically for you.
    Medium range therapy is up to 30 sessions, where deeper and recurrent difficulties can be dealt with in Psychotherapy, involving more commitment, regular attendance, and a backdrop of some stability in life.
    Longer term Psychotherapy may be used to address specific issues in a very focused way, work at depth, or be used as a support system in life. This would be the setting for working with issues of complexity, early abuse and trauma, although modern brain based therapies mean that the time you need to be in therapy can be shorter than previously thought.

    Complex Childhood Trauma manifests itself in adult life as anxiety, depression, phobias, abusive relationships, self harming, PTSD and many psychiatric diagnoses (like borderline personality disorder). This is when a dependant child has had to bond with a carer who was depressed, anxious, negligent, violent, frightening or inconsistent. It may involve violence, verbal abuse, physical or sexual abuse, and it results in a fragmented human being who struggles to live life. I am specially trained to work neurobioligically with this difficult material with therapies like EMDR, Brainspotting and Comprehensive Resource Model (to hear Lisa Schwarz talking about CRM therapy Podcast by Lisa Schwarz) To begin to understand trauma and its effects I suggest you Understand the freeze response and trauma and Bessel Van Der Kolk on trauma . Here is an article on the Limitations of Talking Therapy
    To help put your early years in the context of your present problems The relevance of those first 3 years of life
    The impact of adverse early events on children - affecting mental and physical health and lifespan

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