About Us

Enlightened Psychology & Counselling (formerly known as Ayr Therapy & Consultancy Service), is led by Gemma Holmes, an experienced, Registered and Chartered Psychologist with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS). Gemma is also an Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP) and a qualified Eye Movement Desensitising and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist.


Gemma practices from our therapy centre in Ayr and also offers remote services, nationally. Her extensive experience has been built upon over a number of years, having worked for over ten years in a secure, inpatient psychiatric service. It was here Gemma completed her training as a Psychologist, providing specialist psychological therapy for complex trauma and severe and enduring mental health problems.  She also supervised other professionals in the delivery of psychological interventions. Prior to this experience, Gemma worked with children with learning and behavioural difficulties within educational settings. Gemma's first class experience has enabled her to lead her team to deliver a collaborative, integrated approach to therapy.

Gemma is also a qualified and experienced Clinical Supervisor, having undertaken formal training in the area. She holds a Professional Certificate in the Supervision of Psychotherapists and Counsellors from Strathclyde University and she is also an approved Clinical Supervisor by the British Psychological Society. She has supervised on the Diploma in CBT at the Centre of Therapy, Glasgow, providing  CBT supervision for student therapists and appears on the BPS Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors (RAPPS).


Qualifications & Training

Academic Qualifications:

  •    Professional Qualification in Forensic Psychology (BPS Chartership Route)

  •     MSc Applied Forensic Psychology    

  •     Diploma in CBT, Counselling and Groupwork

  •     Pg Cert. Psychology & Mental Health

  •     BSc Psychology (Hons)

Other Professional/Therapy Training:

  •     BPS Approved Certificate in Clinical Supervision

  •     Trauma & The Body Training (PODS)

  •     Certificate in Mindfulness

  •     Cognitive Behavioural Analysis System for Psychotherpy (CBASP)

  •     Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT)

  •     CogMed Coach Training - For Working Memory Difficulties.    

  •     Mentalization Based Therapy Skills (MBT)

  •     Professional (CPD) Certificate in Individual Supervision of Counsellors/Psychotherapists

  •     An Introduction to the Theory & Practice of Schema Therapy

  •     Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)

  •     Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

  •     Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for Psychosis

  •     Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  •     Reinforce Appropriate Implode Destructive (RAID): Managing Challenging Behaviour

  •     Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

  •     Motivational Interviewing

  •     Personality Disorder Awareness

Forensic Risk Assessment Training:

  •    Historical and Clinical Risk Assessment (HCR-20)

  •    Risk of Sexual Violence Protocol (RSVP)

  •    Sexual Violence Risk 20 (SVR-20) 

  •    Assessing Psychopathic Personality (PCL-R) 

Professional Memberships

  • British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP) - Accredited Member (MBABCP).

  • British Psychological Society (BPS) - Chartered Psychologist, full member (CPsychol).

    • Member of Division of Forensic Psychology ​

    • Member of the Register of Psychologists Specialising in Psychotherapy (ROPSIP)

    • Member of the Register of Approved Psychology Practice Supervisors (RAPPS)

  • Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) - Registered Psychologist.

  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Association Uk & Ireland - Qualified member.

Professional Practice Supervision

Regular clinical supervision is an essential part of therapeutic practice and is an ongoing requirement for accreditation and membership of regulatory organisations. Gemma receives regular individual and group/peer supervision with a Consultant Clinical Forensic Psychologist and Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapists. Her team benefit from their own individual supervision and in-house supervision.

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22 Wellington Square

Ayr, KA7 1EZ

T:01292 737171


E: info@enlightenedpsyc.co.uk


Office 1,

Technology House

9 Newton Place

Glasgow, G3 7PR

T:0141 237 7898


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Hudson House,

8 Albany Street

Edinburgh, EH1 3QB

T:0131 261 6550


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