Edinburgh-based PR and marketing agency Niche Works has won the Public Relations account for First Psychology Scotland, which operates bespoke First Psychology Centres in Edinburgh, Glasgow and the Borders.
First Psychology Centres was set up by Professor Ewan Gillon, a Chartered and HPC registered Psychologist, who spotted a gap in the market for easily accessible psychological treatments before establishing The Edinburgh Psychology Centre, his own thriving practice. Professor Gillon specialises in psychological therapy, and is a part-time academic at Glasgow Caledonian University where he created, and now leads, the only Doctorate in Counselling Psychology in Scotland.
The Niche Works team will promote the key message that First Psychology Scotland and the First Psychology Centres provide easily accessible professional treatments including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), counselling, psychotherapy, relationship / couples counselling, and coaching. Professor Gillon is a published author and expert in men’s wellbeing, general counselling and therapy, and psychological wellbeing, and has recruited a team of highly specialist professionals specialist in a range of problems including depression, anxiety, phobia, anger, OCD, eating difficulties, post traumatic stress disorder, self-harm, and body image.
First Psychology Centres have an accessible approach and therapy can be provided regardless of where the client lives, with telephone and online treatment available. This is particularly useful for individuals who may find that face-to-face treatment makes them anxious.
Professor Gillon says: “I’m proud to say that we successfully provide treatments which are easily accessible for everyone, which was not always the case. I’m looking forward to working with Niche Works to raise the profile of the centres and to encourage potential clients to seek the help they need, whatever their problem may be. Mental health has been a taboo subject for far too long and we aim to make people realise that problems in this area are common, and nothing to be embarrassed about.”
Niche Works director Fiona Vernon said: “We are of course delighted to be working with Professor Gillon to raise the local, regional and national profile of First Psychology Scotland and First Psychology Centres which provide real benefit to the mental health of people across Scotland.”
The Edinburgh and Glasgow centres currently treat over 100 patients from across Scotland each week.
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First Psychology Scotland
First Psychology Centres are part of First Psychology Scotland, and operate bespoke psychological centres in Edinburgh (The Edinburgh Psychology Centre), Glasgow (First Psychology Centre Glasgow) and the Borders (First Psychology Centre Borders). The centres offer a range of psychological services including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), counselling, psychotherapy, relationship / couples counselling, and coaching. The company has plans to open further centres in Aberdeen and Dundee. Each centre offers a professional and credible environment and at present the Edinburgh and Glasgow centres provide services for over 100 clients each week.
Professor Ewan Gillon
As well as being involved in cutting edge research linked to counselling, cognitive-behaviour therapy and coaching, Professor Gillon is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a Senior Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and a Chartered Scientist. He is a General Member of the Mental Health Tribunal (Scotland), and one of only 24 psychologists in the UK appointed to the Health Professions Council's Fitness to Practise Panel. He is a published author in the field of psychology and wellbeing, and his most recent book on Person-Centred Counselling Psychology was published by Sage in 2007.
First Psychology Scotland
29 St Patrick Square
Tel. 0131 668 1440
Niche Works is a boutique PR and marketing agency based in Edinburgh and founded by Fiona Vernon in 2002. For further information telephone: 0131 669 0333.