Maria Naranjo

  • Founder

  • Director 

  • Counsellor & Humanist Psychologist

  • Board Member

Maria trained as a psychotherapist ​in Spain and obtained a MSc in cognitive science by Edinburgh University, she has worked in the field of mental health in Scotland for over a decade and set up The Mind's Well in 2014 as social enterprise. In her previous position in a national charity she worked as the self harm coordinator and gained valuable experience and knowledge of the issues affecting people  who engage in self harming behaviours and those who look after them professionally or personally.  Furthermore she provided managerial developmental and strategic support to several projects.  Maria adheres to the code of conduct that is set up by the British psychological Society, COSCA (counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland) and COPAO (colegio Oficial de Psicologos de Andalucia Oriental in Spain.)

Nikky Byrne

  • Board member

  • Trainer 

Nikky has had mental health difficulties continually for the last seven years.  She has a history of self harming and attempting suicide a number of times.  She spent time in hospital on and off for a while, up until 2012 she thought that was going to be her life, using behaviours and finally succeeding in a suicide attempt, but then Nikky got the opportunity to go to the retreat hospital in York (The Acorn project), where she learnt DBT and how to be okay with herself and to communicate her struggles without using self-defeating behaviours, at this time last year, it was the first time in a long time that Nikky felt truly hopeful for her future and being able to do a job she can do well.  She delivers training in mental health peer support, self harm courses and suicide awareness. Nikky plans to go back to college to do complimentary therapies, "The Mind's Well is helping my dreams come true" watch Nikky's  interview on BBC Scotland news here

Kerry Stirling

  • Public Relations Manager 

  • Marketing

  • Facilitator

Kerry has experience of mental health difficulties and domestic abuse, she has passionately worked her way through many qualifications and courses over the years to enable her to help others that find themselves in similar situations.  Kerry has completed her introduction to counselling and training in harmonizing with Dawn Breslin.  Together they founded a Womans well-being club in Edinburgh, which we have now amalgamated with The Mind's well in order to offer a club to help woman raise their self esteem and confidence, although Kerry has completed The Mind's Well PDA in Mental Health peer  support work and the Mind's well training qualification, she is using her extensive PR and Marketing background to help The Mind's Well team as the new PR & marketing manager.  She is passionate about creating support services that are very much needed in Edinburgh and she  would like to help to change policies within the existing mental health system and other Mental Health support organisations, she possesses good leadership and organisational skills that will come in handy in her new role at The Mind's Well. (You can find out more about the wellbeing club under the wellbeing club tab above)

Gillian Tait 

  • Trainer 

  • Facilitator


Open Learning course - Mental Health Awareness

PDA - Mental Health & Peer Support

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