Holistic Therapy & Personal Development Services 


Adhering to National Occupational Standards &
Supporting Nationally Accredited Qualifications








Fellows of the Society of Holistic Therapists & Coaches

About Us:

Professionally Registered
Qualified to real standards
Adhering to NOS
Dedicated to Ongoing development
Adhering to codes of ethics
Involved in training provision
Therapists with Supervision access
First established 1993

Welcome to Scotland's Premier Therapy and Holistic Personal Development Site

'Therapeutic care & Personal Development - The solution to your problems is in you'



This page is provided free of charge to all persons looking for assistance. Please use it to ensure you take proper care when choosing any therapist.

There are plenty of providers of therapy, life coaching and personal development out there. Of course we would like you to choose us, we have  a business to run!

We do however have another reason for this page.

If you choose a poor quality therapist, then the danger is you will come away feeling that complementary health therapists and life coaches are no good. This reflects on all of us, good and bad. Therefore please let us help you with the following check list. Hopefully this will allow you to choose a good quality provider and come away able to recommend therapists and complementary health.

Safety Check List: Expect NO LESS than the following:

Please feel free to print and refer to this page

1. Does the therapist adhere to the National Occupational Standards for therapies offered? These represent nationally set standards for practice and safety. Without these you have no way of knowing what standards if any your potential therapist adheres to!

Naturally we adhere to appropriate NOS National Occupational Standards in ALL therapies offered. These include general therapy NOS where no specific NOS apply.

2. Is the therapist qualified with an award recognised by anyone? Unfortunately some therapists have awards with NO REAL RECOGNITION!  Look for real qualifications that mean something! For example degrees from real universities, NVQ's, SNVQ's and awards from SQA and QCA (Qualification Curriculum Authority - England, Scottish Qualification Authority - Scotland) approved awarding bodies, for example City and Guilds, VCTC, and ASET. These should be to a minimum professional level of level 3.  Level 3 represents supervised competence. Awards may alternatively be approved by major professional bodies such as NACHP, CMTHA, UKCP, ISPC, NCP etc. Hypnotherapists should be CNHC registered, since this is the UK recognised voluntary regulation scheme.

Naturally we have awards from recognised sources such as degrees, NVQ and ASET. These range from level 3 to creation of level 5.

3. Is the therapist professionally insured and registered? The therapist should be registered and insured so that they are subject to appropriate standards of behaviour, performance and ethics as well as being insured against accidents and poor practice. This is for your protection!

Of course we are fully registered and insured with a number of professional organisations. These include the Society for Holistic Therapists and Coaches, CTHA, IPP, and in the case of our senior therapist, the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health and the Institute of Health Promotion and Education. Stuart is a CHNC registered hypnotherapist.

4. Is the therapist "just qualified"? In other words have they managed to get a qualification but have no real experience? Some such therapists are of course very competent, but always ask about depth of qualification and experience. Do not accept amateurs!

Naturally we have many years of experience, indeed we were established in 1993. Our senior therapist has been assessed in actual practice in order to attain an NVQ Level 4 Training and Development Award in the industrial area of complementary health education and stress management education.  Both practitioners have backgrounds in relevent industries: Stuart in Social and Youth work, and Denise in Childcare.  Stuart has a UK degree in a related subject prior to specific training, and additional international degree recognition in related subjects  (in real international standards, not degree mills!). Denise has real nationally recognised experience and qualifications in Social Care prior to training as a therapist.  Bother therapists have a full range of therapies that they have trained in to accredited standards.

5. Is the therapist supervised / supported? According to the National Occupational Standards therapists should have access to appropriate supervision and support.

Yes of course we have access to professional and personal support including peer supervision.

6. The therapist should have a commitment to ongoing professional development and training.
Therapists should keep their skills and knowledge base up to date.   The NOS National Occupational Standards and indeed common sense indicate that therapists should stay up to date and current with additional training.

Mental health treatment is based around methods recommended in NICE guidelines, and those fully researched as effective such as CBASP. More information on both adherence to NICE guidelines and on underpinning research please visit our other site www.psychoanalysis.center

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We adhere to appropriate National Occupational Standards, carry professional insurance and support voluntary regulation of therapists. We are both subject to regulation in therapy. Both therapists area CNHC registered hypnotherapist (voluntary regulation of hypnotherapy).  Both therapists are registered on both CNHC and FHT PSA Accredited Registers. Professional Standards Authority Accredited Registers are for healthcare practitioners not subject to statutory regulation.

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From 2010 psychological therapy will also contain elements of mindfulness and CBT in order to increase client development between sessions.

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