Irene MacDonald MSc
BACP Accred Counsellor and Psychotherapist

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Psychotherapy & Counselling, Trauma Therapy in G65 (Kilsyth, Cumbernauld, Kirkintilloch, Bishopbriggs, Stirling, Falkirk & Glasgow)

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My practice is based in Kilsyth, North Lanarkshire and serve the area around G65 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. 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 see children over the age of 8, young people and teenagers, adults and the elderly for a variety of difficulties

  • 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)
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Bruxism, IBS, Migraine
  • Performance anxiety, sports psyhology
  • Relationship difficulties (not couple counselling)
  • Sexuality, Gender, Trans, LGBT

  • What are you looking for?
    How many sessions would you be able to attend? Are you looking for short term (6-12) as a start, or have you done therapy before and want to look more deeply?

    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.

    I specialise in Complex Childhood Trauma - often manifesting 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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