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DR FRANK CORRIGAN

Frank was a full-time NHS Consultant Psychiatrist from 1985 until 2009. Since then he has continued to work part-time with the NHS in Argyll, now in a post for trauma psychotherapy. He is involved with the Trauma Centre at Doune as well as with the Park Psychotherapy Group.

His main interest is in complex trauma and dissociation. The first trauma psychotherapy modality in which he trained was EMDR and he is an accredited Consultant with the EMDR Association UK & Ireland. He next trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for trauma. As well as clinical hypnosis and Lifespan Integration he has subsequently trained in Brainspotting and Resource Brainspotting and has published two co-authored articles on the possible neural mechanisms underlying Brainspotting.

He then trained in the Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM) and is now supervising and training in the CRM as well as being a co-author of the book which is scheduled to be with the publisher at the end of this year. For severe disorders of structural dissociation resulting from early trauma his preference is to use the CRM for treatment. By definition traumatic experience which has led to significant dissociation has been biologically overwhelming. It is therefore necessary to have as much resourcing as possible in place before processing of the memories of the adverse experiences. The CRM offers a higher level, through a greater variety, of resourcing than the other modalities and this makes it gentler and safer while still being powerfully effective.

Email: fmcorrigan@aol.com

Recent publications:

  1. Corrigan, FM & Hull, AM (2015). Recognition of the neurobiological insults imposed by complex trauma and the implications for psychotherapeutic interventions. Psychiatric Bulletin, 39, 79-86.

  2. Corrigan, FM & Hull, AM (2015). Neglect of the complex: why psychotherapy for post-traumatic clinical presentations is often ineffective. Psychiatric Bulletin, 39, 86-89.

  3. Corrigan, FM., Grand, D., Raju, R. (2015). Brainspotting: sustained attention, spinothalamic tracts, thalamocortical processing, and the healing of adaptive orientation truncated by traumatic experience. Medical Hypotheses, 84, 384-394.

  4. Lanius, UF, Paulsen, S., Corrigan, FM, (2014). Neurobiology and Treatment of Traumatic Dissociation: Towards an Embodied Self. Springer, New York.

  5. Corrigan, F.M., Grand, D. (2013). Brainspotting: recruiting the midbrain for accessing and healing sensorimotor memories of traumatic activation. Medical Hypotheses, 80, 759-66.

  6. Corrigan, F.M., Fisher, J.J., Nutt, D.J. (2011) Autonomic dysregulation and the Window of Tolerance model of the effects of complex emotional trauma. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 25, 17-25.

JANE DALLAS ROSS

Jane  is an Integrative Psychotherapist and Counsellor, BACP accredited, with over 25 years of experience. She works with all issues including: anxiety and depression, bereavement, work related stress as well as being a specialist practitioner with trauma and abuse. She trained, in the 1980’s, as a body psychotherapist, recognising that our bodies hold memories; hold our story.  Body psychotherapy is a holistic therapy which approaches human beings as united bodymind, and offers embodied relationship as its central therapeutic stance. Every trauma, shock, difficulty in life, every unexpressed joy is embodied.

 Jane’s  original training, and therapy, was in Post Reichian Psychotherapy.  Later she experienced the effectiveness of Bio-energetics (Alexander Lowen) and incorporated this into her work.  Building on this basis she has integrated ways of working from other theoretical models including Gestalt, CBT and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. More recently she has trained in Somatic Trauma Therapy with Babette Rothschild, in EMDR (parts 1 and 2) and in the Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM) with Lisa Schwartz.

 In 2003 she went on the first of many Mindfulness retreats with Zen Master, and Mindfulness Teacher, Thich Nhat Hahn.  Since this time she has aspired to live a Mindful life: living with awareness and with compassion. She knows that this will be a lifelong journey.  She has also trained in Mindfulness with the NHS and The Mindfulness Association. Whilst mindfulness and compassion are integral to all her work some people come to her specifically to learn about mindfulness or to use this as the key approach in their therapy. She teaches  8 week Mindfulness Courses, and has done so within the NHS, in Glasgow shipyards and in other locations. Upcoming courses open to all are advertised on her website www.chooseself.com and also at www.ksdglasgow.org.uk

She has worked in voluntary and statutory settings supporting people with a whole range of mental health problems -for 10 years in a specialist NHS service providing psychotherapy and group work for both women and men who had experienced Child Sexual Abuse.

MARGARET FINNERTY

Margaret is a Senior Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with BABCP and an Accredited EMDR Practitioner with EMDR UK & Ireland. She graduated from the Centre of Therapy in Glasgow in 1999, having completed a Diploma in Counselling and Group work.  Her training was primarily in CBT and she uses a wide range of approaches within her practice believing it is crucial to use the appropriate type of intervention for each individual client’s needs.

She has continued to develop her skills and expertise with additional training over the years, including Compassion Focused Therapy, Schema Therapy, EMDR, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Ego-state Therapy seeing these additional skills as crucial to her work with traumatised clients. She recognises the importance of working with body sensations as well as cognitions and behaviour  in effective trauma work,  helping to release the body of traumatic experiences.

She has extensive experience in working with a range of difficulties; including depression, anxiety, bereavement and loss, work related stress, PTSD and trauma. 

She is a trained Supervisor and provides supervision to other therapists and trainee therapists. She is also an Accredited Welfare Officer with the Institute of Welfare having first begun her  journey into the field of providing support and counselling as a Staff Welfare Officer.    

Tel No: 07989 447839             Email: mfinnerty@ntlworld.com

LINDA HILL

Linda is a BACP Senior Accredited therapist who initially trained with the Pastoral Foundation in Edinburgh completing her Diploma in 1995 with a core therapeutic training in Transactional Analysis. She managed Yorkhill Family Bereavement Service for 4 years working with anyone affected by the death of a child, and whilst there recognised  that talking therapies alone do not always enable people to deal with the many effects of trauma. She trained in EMDR in 2000 and was accredited by EMDR Europe as an EMDR Consultant in 2006.

Her work with EMDR made her increasingly aware of the importance of working with the somatic components of trauma and she trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for Trauma in 2009. She has also integrated Brainspotting, Sandtray therapy, ego state therapy, Lifespan Integration and various other skills into her work.  More recently she has trained in CRM (the Comprehensive Resource Model) because she believes in the importance of enabling people to work with trauma from a position of feeling as resourced as possible.

She has worked extensively with survivors of gender based violence within the NHS, in private practice and at Castle Craig Hospital in the Scottish Borders where she has been a specialist trauma therapist since 2005. She has experience of working with combat trauma, complex grief reactions, addictions, pre-verbal trauma and dissociative disorders.

She trained in Supervision and Mentoring at the Iron Mill Institute gaining her Diploma in 2003 and has an extensive supervision practice both with therapists and other professionals who work in interpersonal settings.

Email: traumascotland@gmail.com TEL: 07952 961408

HELEN McMANUS

Helen is near to completing a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology but her psychotherapy career began in 2006 following 20 years as a home educator, careers adviser and support worker in a domestic abuse refuge.  Her interest in emotional and other traumas grew from this and her work as a massage therapist which provided hands on experience of how trauma is stored in the body.  Helen has worked with interpersonal trauma such as domestic abuse, rape and child abuse for several years and is further developing her work with trauma through ongoing training in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and completed training in the Comprehensive Resource Model (the CRM). 

Having an holistic approach is very important to her work and this involves consideration of physical as well as mental health; how we relate with others in all social contexts; spiritual and generational aspects are equally important in her approaches.

In addition to the areas mentioned, Helen’s specific interests are the relational aspects of Autism, particularly Asperger’s Syndrome, the Highly Sensitive Person, gender equality and working with young people.

Helen is a member of the British Psychological Society no. 173275

MARY JOHNSTONE SNEDDON

Mary is a BACP Accredited Counsellor and an EMDR (UK & Ireland) Accredited Practitioner. She has a Diploma in Humanistic Counselling, a Post Graduate Certificate for Counselling Children and Young People, a Post Graduate Certificate in Person Centred Supervision, has trained in Brainspotting, Somatic Trauma Therapy and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and the Comprehensive Resource Model of Trauma Therapy.

After leaving her previous career,  she trained to become a counsellor in the 1990’s.  Her initial counselling training favoured  'the therapeutic relationship’ and then her interest took her into training and working with trauma.  She has spent the last 10 years developing her private practice in Fife, Edinburgh and Glasgow, offering long and short term counselling . She is currently working with an array of different issues including trauma, stress, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, phobias, physical and  sexual abuse.

She aims to offer a safe place, where you are in charge of what you share and what it is you need support with; a place that values your life experiences and wisdom and with no investment on her behalf, about what you should or should not do.

Her experience of working with people has taught her that the drip, drip effect of smaller traumas can over time add up to post traumatic stress, just as a major traumatic event can. Experience has shown her that  when someone just needs to stop feeling so physically and emotionally overwhelmed working with a Counsellor can help. She aims to work with your knowledge of yourself and her training, at your pace and with greatest respect for the skills that have helped you to survive your story so far, believing that together it is possible to learn what brings you relief from how you are feeling physically and emotionally.   

EMAIL: counsellingwithmary@yahoo.co.uk

AILEEN FERGUSON

Aileen is grounded in the Person Centred approach to therapy and draws on a number of other influences including hypnosis, mindfulness, EMDR, Somatic Trauma Therapy, Brainspotting, CRM, ecopsychology, phototherapy, solution focused therapy and compassion focused therapy. She is BACP accredited, has done a post graduate diploma in mindfulness and is a trainer of mindfulness, and has a certificate in Person Centred supervision. For further information see Aileen’s website www.aileenferguson.com

DOREEN GAFFNEY

Doreen is a BABCP accredited CBT practioner and is currently working on her EMDR Practitioner accreditation. She uses CRM and compassion focused therapy.

Susan McCamley

Susan's initial training was in Psychodynamic Counselling in 1997. She is a registered member of BACP. Susan believes that many of our present difficulties arise from our earliest relationships, and form the basis for all our other relationships. Counselling offers a potential space where we may begin to think about these issues. Although she initially trained in "talk therapy" Susan began to feel personally as well as professionally, that the body had to be included in the therapeutic conversation. She continued to develop her skills and expertise by taking additional trainings in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (Level 1) and in Mindfulness (Mindfulness Scotland). Exciting new advances in treatment models have been developed along with our understanding of how the brain works. With this in mind Susan has completed trainings in Brainspotting levels 1, 2 and 3 with David Grand, as well as in Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM) with Lisa Schwarz. In CRM the model is taught to clients from the very first session in order to encourage self-sufficiency and mastery outside of sessions. Susan is finding that many clients are benefiting from these approaches, which more gently and thoroughly bring about deep healing from trauma. Susan has experience of working with a range of issues including depression, anxiety, self harm, sexual abuse, bereavement and loss, work related stress, early developmental trauma and post traumatic stress. As well as working in private practice she has had extensive experience of working within the Health Service. She works with young adults aged 16+ as well as with adults. Susan is a trained supervisor. She provides supervision to other therapists and trainee therapists.TEL:07926 264599