About me, my background and how I work.

Reiki Master, Shamanic Practitioner, IFS & Trauma Counselling

Basically this page is about me and my background how I work.

Hi, hello here I am introducing myself.

I have been in the business of helping people all of my working life, that 45 years plus!

I started work training and working as a Registered General Nurse, then attending the University of Life for a while and becoming a single parent to my daughters, I then gained employment as a project worker for several years following my return to education and my subsequent social science Degree from Dundee University, an MA in Food, Health & Welfare.

I would say that’s “No mean feat for this dyslexic mystic or neurodivergent therapist” I went on to work in the Voluntary Sector across Scotland with various “socially disadvantaged” groups aka people, mostly with unintegrated Trauma resulting in disregulated autonomic nervous sysytems resulting in their current sypmtoms and ways of being.

It seems that just listening to people wasn’t enough, as I was going round in circles. So to increase my skill set and help me understand how the past can influence the present, I continued my education with a Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling and over the last 20 plus years I have undertaken extensive further training and CPD to allow me to understand and work with people who have experienced T(t)rauma in their lives, including difficult early attachment to their primary caregiver and birth Trauma.

Trauma Counselling

Counselling for Trauma.

I have always been interested in working with people who have experienced Trauma or trauma.

I have spent the last 20 plus years studying many different therapeutic models to enable me to understand and work with people who have had these difficult early starts in life inc. birth trauma and subsequent later life experiences too.

The main models that I have stuck with are – Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Internal Family Systems Therapy, Polyvagal Theory and a few different training with Dierdre Fay, including Becoming Safely Embodied and Sandra Paulson and Looking through the eyes of Dissociation.

If we view life through a neuroscience lens, that would really enables us to understand our parts and what is going on for them in regard to feeling safe or not.

In my experience if we have wounded parts from childhood and had difficult early attachment patterns, then surely healing happens when parts of us begin to feel safe to trust both ourselves and another.

This gentle relational (re -relating) process is in the main my approach to my work and I will work with you at your pace and at the pace of your parts.

We will begin or continue to notice what is happening in the body and be informed by that where to go next in the session.

It’s a bit like a dance with the Autonomic Nervous Systems.

In the begining if you have difficulty self regulating, we can work together to find ways to manage this.

These practices you can take on board and use like having a mental health toolbox.

Self regulation is such a gift to our systems- that might be enough.

Or you may also wish to go further with this deep relational work and start to process what has happened in the past.


IFS can help us to process the past and works alongside polyvagal.

I completed IFS Level 1 & 2 training between 2018-2020.

For me IFS is an amazing body based (somatic) therapy and it’s one of the fastest growing psychotherapies worldwide today.

IFS is one of the main types of Counselling I offer, I have over 20 years experience working as a Counsellor. Dedicating my training and CPD to enable me to understand and work with people who have experienced T(t) rauma in their lives.

This is a flavour of whats on offer – if you are interested to know more- please get in touch to arrange a complimentary zoom session.

Energy Healing

Energy healing -I have been practicing the loving art that is Reiki since 2003 and more recently I trained as a Shamanic Practitioner starting 2014. I am really happy to be offering both Reiki and Shamanic Healing sessions in person again. Shamanic theory and input are at the heart of my Spiritual practice and inform my work.

Bring it all together

All of my Training is important to me and influences my work to varying degrees, the models I continue to use in my work are:

Internal Family Systems

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

Becoming Safely Emboddied and other courses with Deirdre Fay

Looking through the Eyes of Discociation with Sandra Paulson

Current Neuro Science exploring ways to regulate our nervous system – Deb Dana and Polyvagal Theory or the window of tolerance via sensorimotor psychotherapy

Reiki & Shamanic training.

There is a crack in everything thats where the light gets in. Leonard Cohen.

Currently Working

I am currently working from my home base here in Fife, Scotland.

My IFS & Trauma Counselling work is online and in person via walk and sessions.

Reiki and Shamanic Healing Sessions are in person.

I very much enjoy being creative in my work and offer various ways to add creativity to the work some examples are – drawing, sand tray work, representing aspects of self with toys, colour, shapes, all of which are beneficial in getting to the Heart of the matter and working with the Trauma that is underneath conscious awareness or is preverbal. This works for online work too, though only if this was something you were interested in doing.

Outside of work, as an INFJ I enjoy being out in Nature, reading, craft work, cooking, walking, talking, relaxing and relating.

I am a long time Meditator having meditated individually and led groups for over 30 years.

Get in touch

I am available by email, text or voice mail initially.

After whch I will reply to arrange a complimentary zoom call- if IFS & Trauma Counselling, the purpose of which is to check – If its the right time to come to Therapy. If it’s safe enough as it’s online and if we both feel we can work together. Plus answer any questions you may have. These calls last between 20-30 minutes.

Reiki & IFS Information

#See Reiki Page for further info. https://maggiecostella.com/usui-angelic-reiki/

#See IFS page here https://maggiecostella.com/internal-family-systems-2/

Is it time to start Therapy? Let’s explore that.