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Hello and welcome to North Ayrshire Psychology



My name is Dr Harriet Hockaday, and I am a HCPC registered qualified Clinical Psychologist. I am an experienced and specialist therapist, who has worked in various mental health services within the NHS since 2014, including in adult mental heath, older adult psychology, child and adolescent mental health and neuropsychology services. 


I currently offer online and telephone based therapy to adults (18+) across the UK. I also offer face-to-face appointments in comfortable surroundings in Beith, North Ayrshire.  


I provide a warm, welcoming, compassionate and non-judgmental space for you to explore your thoughts and feelings, to make sense of your life experiences, and to consider goals to improve your wellbeing. I draw from a number of evidence-based modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT). I help people with a range of difficulties including anxiety, depression, trauma, OCD, complex grief, panic, relationship difficulties, low self-esteem, PTSD, complex trauma, and also people who are feeling stuck or unhappy and would benefit from understanding, help and support to make the progress they want to in life.

I have extensive therapeutic training in all common mental health difficulties, and work with adults of all ages. I also have a particular specialism in working with clients who are facing difficulties relating to the ageing process (such as adjusting to health changes, retirement, grief/loss, and role transitions), and also in working with adults of all ages who are facing difficult changes / transitions in life. I access regular clinical supervision and engage in continuing professional development opportunities, so as to ensure I am providing the best possible service to my clients. I work in accordance to GDPR guidelines and have a strict confidentiality policy - more information about this is available by request.

In addition to being a Clinical Psychologist I am also a parent to one young son and 4 strong willed but delightful sausage dogs. I am originally from London but live and work in North Ayrshire and enjoy the peace and access to green space and the coast that can be found here. 


I am currently able to offer appointments on a Tuesday between 9-5, Wednesday evenings (usually at 6.15 and 7.30), Friday mornings, and on Saturday mornings by request. I offer a free 15 minute initial telephone consultation prior to commencing therapy, so that we can discuss your needs and goals and answer any questions you might have. I accept self-referrals for self funding clients, and am also registered with AXA, Bupa and Vitality Health for insurance funded clients with those providers. Please do get in touch when the time is right for you. It is usually easiest to make initial contact via email as I am not always able to answer the phone, but I will respond to any contact as quickly as I can. Thank you. 

My qualifications are as follows:


MSc (Hons) Psychology & History, University of Glasgow

MA Health Psychology, University of Stirling

DClinPsy (Doctor of Clinical Psychology), University of Edinburgh


Hockaday, H., Teh, Y., & Stewart, H. (2023). A third sector outreach project to increase knowledge of psychological wellbeing, psychological therapies and how to access mental health services for older people in a Scottish health board. FPOP Bulletin Number 164.

Griffiths, H., Duffy, F., Duffy, L., Brown, S., Hockaday, H., Eliasson, E., & Schwannauer, M. (2019). Efficacy of Mentalization-based group therapy for adolescents: the results of a pilot randomised controlled trial. BMC psychiatry, 19, 1-13.

Hockaday, H. (2018). Psychological correlates of mental health outcomes in looked after preschool children. Doctoral Thesis, University of Edinburgh.

Pritchett, R., Hockaday, H., Anderson, B., Davidson, C., Gillberg, C., & Minnis, H. (2016). Challenges of assessing maltreated children coming into foster care. The Scientific World Journal, 2016(1), 5986835.

Hockaday, H. (2013). The Sprit of New Orleans. Article in Children in Scotland Magazine, March 2013.

Kočovská, E., et al. (2012). Neurodevelopmental problems in maltreated children referred with indiscriminate friendliness. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 33(5), 1560-1565.

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