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East Lodge, Elm Row, Galashiels, TD1 3HT

01896 751 609

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The services we offer

We are a small team of experienced practitioners running out of a discreet and homely property in Galashiels. We believe that the environment we offer is one of the keys to the success of our service as it is warm, welcoming, personal and private.

All our therapists are fully qualified with UK recognised post graduate level qualifications and have a background in person-centred and/or psychodynamic therapy. They are all registered with regulating bodies such as HCPC or BACP.

Counselling and Psychotherapy

12 session blocks of 1:1 talking therapy in-person here at our Galashiels premises. Remote sessions can be arranged in certain circumstances. Each session lasts between 50 mins to 1 hour. For more information on counselling and psychotherapy click here: What are talking therapies and counselling? – Mind

Art Psychotherapy

12 session blocks of 1:1 art psychotherapy, in person here at our Galashiels premises. Sometimes it is hard to find the words to express how you might be feeling. Using art materials can help to express and process difficult experiences, an art therapist will help you to make sense of your experiences through image making. Sessions last 50 mins to 1 hour. For more information on Art Psychotherapy, click here:

The British Association of Art Therapists | BAAT

EMDR Trauma Therapy

6-12 sessions. EMDR is a therapy that is used to treat acute and complex trauma, such as birth trauma. It uses part of the brain that processes memory and can help to fully process difficult memories that may have become stuck and cause distressing thoughts and feelings. Sessions last 1-1.5hrs. For more information on EMDR Trauma Therapy, click here:

EMDR Association UK – Overcoming trauma with expert help – Overcoming trauma with expert help

 

Parent and Infant Dyadic Therapy

6-12 sessions. Working along side the parent and child, using play and art materials, a therapist will help strengthen bonds and develop secure attachment patterns between baby and parent. Sessions last for 50 mins to 1 hour. For more in formation on Parent and Infant Dyadic Therapy, click here:

Dyadic Art Therapy – About (sheffield.ac.uk)

 

Woodland Walk & Talk

Sometimes it is easier to talk while you are walking, side-by-side, with someone. This also brings benefits to our mental health such as fresh air, exercise and being in nature. We are lucky enough to be located next to ‘The Policies’ woodland, where some of our therapists are happy to take their sessions outside, where appropriate. Sessions last 50 mins to 1 hour. For more information on Walk and Talk therapy, click here:

Outdoor therapy | Types of therapy (bacp.co.uk)

 

Family Learning Groups

We run several different groups throughout the year, including:

  • Infant Massage group run by a retired Health Visitor, a trustee on our Board.
  • Nutrition and Cooking group run in partnership with the NHS Health Improvement Team
  • Art Therapy group run by our own therapists.

Nutrition Group

Twice a year we hold a partnership 4-6 week nutrition group, run by a member of the NHS Joint Health Improvement Team, in the Maternal Infant Nutrition and Child Weight programme. The sessions run for an hour and a half here at East Lodge and parents can use the creche for their wee ones while they are attending the sessions. Every year we receive great feedback, with the best thing about it being meeting other parents and learning new ways to cook. 

Please contact us to find out when our next group is running.

Infant Massage

As well as helping to develop a strong, loving bond between you and your baby, infant massage also contributes to enhanced sensory development and awareness, can improve digestion, and relieve colic as well as promoting relaxation, comfort and inducing sleep. At various times throughout the year, we offer infant massage, in partnership with a retired Health Visit who has years of experience in delivering infant massage programs. If you are interested in infant massage, please get in touch.

Creche

Our homely and welcoming creche is available to all our families for them to benefit from our services, safe in the knowledge that their wee ones are close by, being cared for by our lovely Creche Co-ordinator who provides the most welcoming and nurturing environment, combined with the knowledge and qualifications in early years practice that is essential to the running of a safe and dependable childcare facility.

How our services have helped

For over a decade we have helped people to find their way through the ups and downs of pregnancy, birth, and early parenthood. Our services can help you to come to terms with the enormous changes involved in having a baby, give you a safe, nurturing space to talk through your experiences, and provide you with flexible, creative approaches (because one size does not fit all!) Overall, the combination of a warm and welcoming environment and qualified, experienced therapists, means that you can feel supported and understood through this important time in your life.

"A huge thank you to everyone for the amazing service you provide. Every person I interacted with, on reception and the counsellors were very kind and respectful. Thank you on behalf of me and my family for all your support!"

"The service is fantastic. Every single person there is kind and compassionate, making you feel like you’re in a very safe place."

"I feel lucky to have been able to use the service and really feel like talking through my worries over the last 16 weeks has really helped me and my anxiety. Thank you so much."

"A wonderful service that I’m so grateful to have been able to use. "

"I couldn't be more grateful for the help that I received, the whole team were very friendly and I know I am in a better place because of it."

"My counsellor was just amazing, I felt she created a very comfortable environment for me and I felt safe discussing everything I felt"

"It helped massively just being able to talk about my feelings openly! Everybody was so lovely too"

"I felt that with speaking to somebody I didn’t really know or who wasn’t involved in my situation, that I could fully offload and be completely honest."

"I felt at ease with my counsellor and really felt I could be open and honest with what was going on."

"Most lovely, caring environment"

"The staff in the crèche were so welcoming and friendly and put me at ease about leaving my son in the crèche."

"The creche was fantastic, my son loved playing with the toys and the staff were super friendly - which meant I felt more relaxed in leaving my son there during my sessions."

How you can benefit from our services

Referrals can be made through your health professional such as your Health Visitor, GP, Midwife or Family Nurse Practitioner. We are unable to accept self-referrals, however, if you or a loved one is experiencing distress or difficulty connected to pregnancy, birth or early parenting, we would be happy to speak with you and support you through our referral process, via your health professional. Please call us on: 01896 751 609

URGENT HELP? Call your GP or dial 111 or 999 for help in an emergency.

 

Below are some other numbers that may offer urgent support.

Samaritans Scotland
or call 116 123

Breathing Space is a free confidential service for people in Scotland.
Open up when you’re feeling down – phone 0800 83 85 87
or call 0800 83 85 87
Weekdays  Mon -Thurs 6pm -2am – Weekends Fri-Mon 6pm-6am

Mental health services at NHS 24 (nhsinform.scot)
or call 111 or 999

 

PMH Borders is not a crisis service and, as a charity, relies on donations and on securing grants from various Trusts and Foundations.  We are not funded by the NHS.  Due to our limited levels of funding, we can only open for three days each week and are unable to respond to out-of-hours enquiries.

FAQ

You can get a referral from:

  • GP
  • Health Visitor
  • Midwife
  • Mental Health Worker
  • NHS RENEW ServiceGP

We aim to offer an initial assessment session within 8 weeks of referral, however, at times our waiting list may be longer. We accept referrals for parents with a child up to their 2nd birthday. Sessions are weekly, in blocks of 12 sessions, depending on need and reviews

Yes, our services are free.  However, PMH Borders is funded only by our own efforts to secure grants and awards from various Trusts and Foundations, as well as some funding obtained through competitive application to the Scottish Government’s Perinatal and Infant Mental Health funding programme.  We also obtain donations from members of the public and former clients who have benefitted from our service, for example by organising events such as sponsored walks,  If you would like to donate you can follow this link to our Support Us page.