There are an abundant number of emotional and physical disorders which have been linked to stress; depression, anxiety, heart attacks, stroke, hypertension, disturbance to your immune system that increases your risk of infections. Furthermore, stress can have direct effects on the skin (rashes, hives, atopic dermatitis, gastrointestinal system (peptic ulcer, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome) and can be a contributing factor linked to insomnia and degenerative neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease.  For all these reasons and more we need to realise how susceptible we are to stress and what we can do to reduce the effects.  
Do you worry excessively about things that are unlikely to happen, or feel tense and anxious all day long – sometimes with no real reason?  Everyone gets anxious sometimes, but if your worries and fears are so constant that they interfere with your ability to function and relax, you may have generalised anxiety disorder.  GAD is mentally and physically exhausting.  It drains your energy, interferes with sleep, and wears your body out.  But you can break free from chronic worrying and learn to calm your anxious mind.
Stress
Anxiety
Stress is your body's way of responding to any kind of demand or threat.  The stress response is the body's way of protecting you
For some, anxiety never goes away completely. That's the bad news. The good news is you can manage the symptoms so they don't manage you.
What my clients have to say ...
  1. Total Brain Fog!
    "Until I met Kim I couldn’t really see a way forward, brain fog had totally taken over! I was constantly off work, couldn’t concentrate and even thought of leaving the company I worked for. The methods and techniques Kim showed me have really turned my whole life around! I am so grateful, thank you."
  2. Honesty
    "I could just be myself with Kim, I could be totally open and honest – which in turn allowed me to be honest with myself. There was never any judgement, only understanding and not in ‘feel sorry for you’ sort of way, genuine care."
  3. Anxiety
    "Anxiety took over me and my life, I barely left the house … really I just had no life! Kim gave me the tools I needed to take back control. Sometimes I cried and sometimes I laughed, but she never let me give in! I have my life back, yes I still have anxious days – but I control ‘anxiety’ not the other way around xx"
  4. I got promoted!
    "I got promoted! No sh*t! I was all over the place at work, I had completely lost control, my mind had taken over my brain and body! Couldn’t think straight and snapped at everyone, who knew stress could be such an ar*e! Kim helped me change my thinking which has totally turned my life around – and I accepted a promotion at work!"
  5. Meditation
    “Kim said ‘Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it!’ It is so true! I would never have believed the benefits from meditation, I honestly thought it was a load of ho-haa about nothing. For me the pain relief as been phenomenal, my racing thoughts are now slow and steady. Not only do I attend regular group sessions with Kim, I have incorporated meditation into my home and workplace – all thanks to Kim!”
  6. Team Building
    "Our work environment is hectic and very stressful! Kim now comes on-site regularly and our employees have small group meditation session. We know that research backs up the benefits of meditation in the workplace and we have witnessed it. Go on – go meditate!"
Meditation
The purpose of meditation is to make our mind calm and peaceful. If our mind is peaceful, we will be free from worries and mental discomfort, and so we will experience true happiness; but if our mind is not peaceful, we will find it very difficult to be happy, even if we are living in the very best conditions. If we train in meditation, our mind will gradually become more and more peaceful, and we will experience a purer and purer form of happiness. Eventually, we will be able to stay happy all the time, even in the most difficult circumstances.
Group meditation sessions are available privately, run throughout various locations across Ayrshire or for the Corporate Workplace by arrangement.

Please use the contact form below for more details, or check my various social media outlets.
About me ...
I myself have battled with severe anxiety and panic, to the extent that I have landed in hospital several times.  On one occasion I honestly thought I was having a stroke or heart attack, I couldn’t understand the pain I was in and couldn’t move my body.  I had lost the feeling in my arms and legs, which I later found out that I was experiencing a severe panic attack in which my body ‘froze’.

Anxiety was rife, my life was totally controlled by anxiety, fear and panic.  I couldn’t enjoy even the simplest of things, always questioning; Why does this happen?  Why can’t I control it?  Fast-forward to now; Yes, I still have anxiety, everyone should to a degree because it’s a normal human emotion!  The difference – it never controls me, I take steps to keep it in check and have a tool box of tricks up my sleeve!

My journey to achieving my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology was long and winded. Starting in 2009 while living in Tenerife and returning to Scotland in 2012, when I then decided to attend a ‘brick university’ in 2013 at UWS Paisley.  Finally, I completed my psychology degree in May 2016.  During this time, I became a volunteer for the Samaritans organisation and the training and experience I gained was phenomenal.

So now armed with knowledge and my own life experiences I set out to help others.  I founded Therapy with a Twist in May 2017, with one solid goal – help others who have suffered like me.  It still is my goal, now two years on.  I have met some extraordinary people suffering because of stress, anxiety and panic – it shouldn’t be this way.  I don’t have 10 letters after my name, I’m not ‘fuzzy old’ and I certainly don’t charge a fortune – but I can help!
My best friends ...
In May of last year (2018) I adopted these pair … Cody and Chance … unfortunately due to ill heath their elderly owner could no longer look after them.  I can’t describe the unconditional love I receive and give, no matter how I’m feeling these pair always manage to put a smile on my face. 

In my private 1-2-1 therapy sessions I take time to explain the ‘wellness wheel’.  Your wellness wheel should incorporate all things which contribute to your overall well-being.  Well suffice to say I spend a huge amount of time outdoors; fresh air and nature are free and the benefits massive to our well-being.
Events, Workshops and Seminars
  1. Let's Talk Anxiety
    April 2019
    Let's Talk Anxiety
    This seminar will look at the causes, types and symptoms of anxiety. Self-help steps without going down the route of medication. The importance of our breath and implications for anxiety sufferers. Breathing exercises, Progressive Muscle Relaxation and Meditation. Limited places (max 10) 2 Hours Cost £15, Refreshments provided.
  2. Anxiety, Stress & Worry
    TBC
    Anxiety, Stress & Worry
    Looking at the effects of Anxiety, Stress & Worry on four different levels; cognitive, behavioural, emotional and physical. How each level interacts. Introduction to some tried and tested CBT techniques. Worked examples and exercises. Meditation Session. 3 hours, Refreshments & Light Lunch provided. Spaces Limited (max 10) Cost £25
  3. 1-2-1 Support
    2019
    1-2-1 Support
    "Anxiety took over me and my life, I barely left the house … really I just had no life! Kim gave me the tools I needed to take back control. Sometimes I cried and sometimes I laughed, but she never let me give in! I have my life back, yes I still have anxious days – but I control ‘anxiety’ not the other way around xx" 1 Hour Session £36
  4. Sunday Session Meditation
    12th May
    Sunday Session Meditation
    Sunday Session of Relaxation, delving into the wonders of meditation. Various short and long guided meditations; (standing, seated and lying down); breathing exercises; techniques to help promote deep sleep, reduce stress and worry; breaking half way for a cup of Tulsi Tea and chat. Limited Spaces Pre-Booking Only. 3 Hour Session 1pm -4pm, Cost £20
  5. Meditation Sessions
    May 2019
    Meditation Sessions
    Next Block Starting: Thursday 16th May 10.30am Friday 17th May 7.30pm Weekly Meditation Sessions Cost Single £7 Block of 6 £35 (prepaid in advance)
  6. Meditation Sessions
    May 2019
    Meditation Sessions
    New Block Starting: Wednesday 15th May 6.30pm Weekly Meditation Sessions Cost Single £7 Block of 6 £35 (prepaid in advance)
  7. Meditation Sessions
    May 2019
    Meditation Sessions
    New Block Starting: Friday 17th 10.30am Weekly Meditation Sessions Cost Single £7 Block of 6 £35 (prepaid in advance)
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2-4 Cross Street
Galston, KA4 8AL

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