Counselling can be a useful option for people wishing to make changes to their life. It can help address bereavement or difficulties such as stress, depression, anxiety and relationship issues, as well as provide a forum to explore self-development. Management/coming to terms with a chronic condition can also be usefully addressed in this way. Anyone can benefit from confidential therapeutic counselling. AVAILABLE WITH Susan Knox or Steve Merritt
Couples Counselling provides a safe, non-judgemental space in which to work through your relationship issues via open discussion, role playing and analysing negative patterns of behaviour. AVAILABLE WITH Steve Merritt or Chris Attkins
Family Therapy aims to get families talking, and more importantly listening to one another in a respectful manner. The therapists will provide a safe space in which each member of the family can express themselves, leading to a greater understanding of the root causes of disharmony. With this guidance, families can heal relationships and then reach agreement about the best way forward, with each family member taking personal responsibility for what they say and do to support one another. AVAILABLE WITH Shona Redmayne & Chris Attkins
Art Psychotherapy offers a safe place to explore difficult thoughts, emotions, ideas, and relationships through the use of art materials. The therapist will work with you to promote understanding. Art therapy is provided in groups or individually, depending on clients’ needs. You don’t have to be good at art to benefit from this therapy. AVAILABLE WITH Shona Redmayne
Play Therapy is offered alongside art psychotherapy for younger clients. AVAILABLE WITH Shona Redmayne
Hypnotherapy focuses a client’s imagination and subconscious to help bring about positive changes to their thoughts, feelings or behaviour. Common issues that can be addressed through hypnotherapy include breaking unwanted habits, phobias, and loss of confidence. Hypnotherapy usually involves a short course of treatment, with only one or two sessions needed to address a particular issue. AVAILABLE WITH Chris Attkins or Jan Attkins
In 2017 a loose cooperative of holistic practitioners came together, seeking a centre to further their work. They found Heather Lodge. The group’s members live on Arran and work mainly with regular clients, some with chronic medical conditions, often with the support of local charities — ArCaS and the Mary Davies Trust.
Heather Lodge, set in the grounds of the historic Douglas Hotel, was originally a stable, but has been in use as a private dwelling for many years. There is an attractive and secluded garden. The premises provide several therapy rooms and a healing ambience. Plans are afoot to develop facilities for small groups, including yoga, mindfulness and Qi Gong.