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 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.)
Peer Support worker West Lothian
Laura Coyle has been volunteering with the organisation since harmLess psychotherapy started in September 2011. She continued working with us when we opened Mind's Well in 2014. Laura is 28 and has been self harming for 14 years. Now she shares her experience in our workshops to educate people about self-harm related issues and to raise awareness. Laura is an integral part in the delivery of our self harm course. Laura's story has featured in the daily record and evening news and Hurting to heal is a multimedia resource that is based on Laura's story, you can have a look at this resource by clicking on the link -
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, "Mind's Well is helping my dreams come true" watch Nikky's interview on BBC Scotland news here -
Public Relations Manager
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 run a Womans well-being group in Edinburgh, she has now completed her PDA in Mental Health support work and looks forward to being able to use these qualifications to help others, she is passionate about helping to change policies within the existing mental health system and other Mental Health support organisations, she has extensive experience in sales and marketing and possesses good leadership and organisational skills, she is keen on doing training and facilitating for Mind's well in the future.