Dr Guise works closely with her team of qualified Associates based throughout Scotland.  These Associates have been carefully selected for their approachability, professionalism and interpersonal skills, and then trained in assessing for learning difficulties.  The results of assessment tests can be used to identify dyslexia, dyscalculia (difficulties with numbers), dyspraxia (which includes co-ordination difficulties) and dysgraphia (difficulties with handwriting).


Dr Guise and all Associates working with children and adults have a full PVG Scheme Record (this is the new equivalent of Enhanced Disclosure, and is managed and delivered by Disclosure Scotland).


DysGuise is honoured to have the support of Company Advisor Dr Gavin Reid, renowned international expert in the area of learning difficulties.  Visit www.drgavinreid.com for more information.

“DysGuise fulfils a real need and will be welcomed by adults, employers, teachers and parents as well as students at College and University.  The strength of DysGuise lies in the carefully selected Assessors, the rigorous and thorough training programmes and the quality of leadership and vision.”

Dr Gavin Reid, Advisor to DysGuise Ltd


Associate profiles


Avan Ghizala

Ghizala Avan

Bsc, PGCert, PGDip, MPhil, MBPsS

I have a BSc in Psychology and Social Administration, a postgraduate Certificate in Community Development and Health, a postgraduate Diploma in Equality and Discrimination and an MPhil in Psychology. I am currently studying for an MSc in Occupational Psychology. I am a graduate Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and an ‘in training’ Member of the Division of Occupational Psychology of the BPS.

An area I’ve always been interested in and used in my wide range of work experience is community development. One of the fundamental components of community development is empowerment, and I believe the assessments help empower people to ultimately take control of their learning and their futures. As a psychologist training to be an occupational psychologist, I am also interested in the relationship between dyslexia / dyscalculia / dyspraxia / dysgraphia and work life within organisations.

I also have a strong interest in equality and discrimination issues, and over the years have worked with a range of diverse communities and groups. Obviously, people with dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia and/or dysgraphia can have negative experiences around how they are perceived and treated in society, and in turn how this impacts on them.


Katie Cattanach

BSc (Hons) Psychology

I have a BSc (Hons) in Psychology, and I am a graduate member of the British Psychological Society. I am currently working towards my MSc degree researching the psychological benefit of using therapy dogs to facilitate children’s reading. I have a keen interest in Specific Learning Difficulties, and I researched the area of dyslexia for my undergraduate degree. I am also very interested in visual stress (Meares Irlen Syndrome), and in the use of coloured overlays/tinted glasses.

Overall, I am passionate about empowering children and adults to achieve their potential in school and employment.  I believe everyone has strengths that they can offer in the workplace and in their academic settings.  Specific Learning Difficulties often bring their own strengths that offer unique insight into many different aspects of businesses and education, making those with Specific Learning Difficulties (e.g dyslexia) particularly valuable members of any organisation. DysGuise acknowledges these potentials in people, and for that reason I am very proud to be part of this organisation.


Niamh Donellan

B.A. (Hons), MSc, C.Psychol, HCPC Registered Occupational Psychologist

I have more than 20 years of experience working with a wide variety of organisations both small and large and in the public, private and voluntary sectors. The key focus of my work is assessment for development and selection, and frequently subsequent coaching to enhance potential and achievement of goals.

So much has changed in the last 20 years in the understanding and support of hidden issues such as dyslexia.  I aim to facilitate personal understanding using the best available assessment tools and validating their analysis with each person’s own experience.  My interest in working with individuals affected by dyslexia is motivated by the often challenging experiences of family members and from working with people who have compromised their potential due to the poor support available in the past and their own thinking around their learning challenges.

I am an active member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) in particular their Division in Occupational Psychology, Special Group in Coaching Psychology and the Psychological Testing Centre where I am registered as qualified in test use.  I am a Full Member of the Career Development Institute, a member of the Special Group in Coaching Psychology and an Associate of the Chartered Institute in Personnel and Development (CIPD).  These organisations are very beneficial to keeping up to date with best available practice and current thinking. I have a postgraduate qualification in Coaching Psychology with an emphasis on tackling emotional and thinking styles that block personal development.


Lauren Duncan

BSc (Hons) Psychology

Since first studying psychology at college as part of an HNC, I felt that my interest lay in additional support needs. Thus, after completing my honours degree at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, I looked for experience in this field.

For a year and a half I worked with autistic adults as an Autism Practitioner, which was a rewarding experience. Thereafter, I worked as a Developmental Therapist, and this post allowed me to expand my experience, and work with children with a variety of additional support needs, aiding them to reach their full learning potential.

The opportunity to work with DysGuise allows me to see the assessment side of working with additional support needs. This is something I have also been interested in since my sister discovered that she is dyslexic, and also since my mother wrote her dissertation during her degree in primary education, on early identification in dyslexia.

I believe in identifying the strengths and difficulties for each individual, opening doors for them in their education and profession, and enabling them to reach their own individual potential.


Gemma Holmes

Gemma Holmes

BSc (Hons), PgC, DipCBT, MSc, MBPsS

I have a BSc (Hons) in Psychology, a Postgraduate Certificate in Psychology and Mental Health, a Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and an MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology.  I am a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and currently enrolled on the BPS training route to become a Chartered Forensic Psychologist.  I am also a Member of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP).

I initially worked within schools, providing extra educational support for children and adolescents with learning and behavioural difficulties.  Here, I became aware of the impact that a learning difference (such as dyslexia) can have on a young person’s life and the importance of prompt and appropriate assessment to allow the individual to receive the necessary intervention and support to enable them to fulfil their true potential.

I also have experience working with adults with severe and enduring mental health problems within a secure psychiatric setting.  Here, a key part of my role is in cognitive assessment and developing psychological interventions that are tailored to the individual needs and learning style of the client.


Sarah Madden

Sarah Madden

BSc Geography (Hons), BSc Psychology (Hons), MSc, MA, PGDE, MEd, MBPsS, AMBDA, SpLD APC (Patoss)

I have extensive personal and professional experience of working with children, young people and adults with dyslexia, covering a wide range of difficulties such as literacy, sequencing, short-term memory, processing speed and organisational skills.  Dyslexia can impact on self-esteem, confidence and enjoyment of learning, and through my work I aim to help people recognise their strengths and preferred learning styles.  People with dyslexia often have excellent problem-solving skills, and I enjoy working with children and their families to develop creative and practical strategies.  I am particularly interested in the ‘hidden’ strengths associated with dyslexia and I am currently conducting research in this area.

I have a background in research and teaching and a good understanding of the national and international research literature in the field of dyslexia.  My qualifications include a Masters degree in Education and Childhood and Youth, and honours degrees in Psychology and Geography.  I also have a Primary Teaching Postgraduate Teaching Diploma, a Postgraduate Certificate in Tertiary Level Teaching Methods, and a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).  I am a Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS). I am an Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association, and have a Specific Learning Difficulties Assessment Practising Certificate from the Professional Association of Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties (PATOSS).


Vicky McLeod

Victoria McLeod

Dip RSA, BSc (Hons), AFBPsS, CPsychol, CSci

As a training and development professional since 1995, I have worked with individuals from a range of backgrounds, experiences and ability levels, faced with different challenges, including dyslexia and other forms of learning difficulties.  I have known many people during this time who have suspected or have had confirmed that they have dyslexia, or a similar difficulty.  I strive for my professional and personal experience to provide the informed approach necessary to support this transition effectively.  Undertaking an assessment for dyslexia helps to clarify the nature of the difficulties involved and provides a platform from which to access relevant support.

I am an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a Chartered Member of the Division of Occupational Psychology and a Registered Psychologist.


Dr Linda Raleigh

BSc., MSc., D.Psych, C.Psychol, MCIPD

I am a Counselling Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS).  I am a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Training and Development (CIPD) and I have a Certificate in Adult Career Planning and Development.  I also hold a Certificate in Counselling Children from the Counselling & Psychotherapy Awarding Body (CPCAB) and I am a member of the Dyspraxia Foundation.

As an Associate of Dysguise my aim is to help individuals make the most of their potential.  I believe that a cognitive assessment can be a vital step in helping someone value and utilise their strengths and manage their challenges.

In my personal life I have experienced the ups and downs of communicating about Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)/dyspraxia within the education system.  In my previous work experience in Human Resources I have witnessed the impact of undiagnosed dyslexia on young people in the workplace.    As a therapist I have sought to understand and manage the needs of clients with dyslexia and DCD/dyspraxia in clinical practice.  In my research I have found that university students with DCD/dypsraxia can feel socially misunderstood, can struggle with managing academic tasks and can be anxious and worried.  However, these students could also be self-reliant, hard working and humourous.  In each of these these educational and organizational spheres an assessment of the specific challenges facing the child or adult was an important step in obtaining support and releasing potential.

I have been interested in specific learning difficulties, particularly DCD/dyspraxia, for a number of years and embarked on my Doctorate to pursue research into this topic.  I am aware of the link between DCD/dyspraxia and anxiety and self-esteem problems in children and adolescents and the associated longer term consequences for emotional well-being in adulthood.  I believe it is beneficial to help young people and adults understand their experience of DCD/dyspraxia and be able to communicate about this to others. With this understanding individuals, and their families, can communicate educationally, socially and emotionally to obtain the help and support they need and build their self-esteem.


Eleanor Rutherford

Eleanor Rutherford

BSc, MA, MSc (Occ Psy), MSc (Res Meth), MSc (Psy), C.Psychol, C.Sci, AFBPsS, HCPC Registered Occupational Psychologist

I have an MA (Hons) in Philosophy, a BSc (Hons) in Psychology, an MSc in Organisational Psychology, an MSc with Merit in Research Methods in the Psychological Sciences, and an MSc in Psychology. I am currently studying for a PhD in Occupational Health and Well-Being.  I am on the Register of Qualifications in Test Use in Occupational Testing.

I am a Chartered Psychologist, a Health and Care Professions Council Registered Occupational Psychologist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Member of the Association of Business Psychologists.  I am a Member of the Association of Behavioural and Contextual Science and a Member of the Special Group in Coaching Psychology.  I am Chair of the Division of Occupational Psychology Scotland (2012)

My background is Occupational Psychology, and I have a wide experience of dealing with assessment and development centres and helping people through this process.  Whilst I have helped to make adjustments to the process for many people, I have also seen lots of people who have struggled with the processes and are reluctant to seek help.  I want to help individuals develop all their potential and gain the maximum benefit they can from their career.