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First established 1993




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Psychoanalysis, psychotherapy and psychology in Edinburgh.

We are complementary health practitioners, not alternative health practitioners. This means that we work WITH the medical profession. If you have an illness or injury, or if you are going to embark on a new diet, fitness plan or if you have any uninvestigated symptoms, you must consult your medical doctor. 

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Are you looking for psychoanalysis or psychotherapy  in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland?

Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis in Edinburgh 

Stuart: Holistic psychologist, psychotherapist, counsellor and solution focused psychoanalyst (also Hypnotherapist, Life Coach and NLP Practitioner)

Denise: Holistic psychologist, counsellor and complementary health therapist. Denise is also enhanced disclosure checked for the provision of counselling to young people and provides counselling and support.

Stuart began his career with training in analysis, stress counselling and hypnotherapy. This training took 3 years to complete, over 200 assessed client cases under supervision (over 1,000 client hours), and a required client approval rate of 80%.  In 1996 he was assessed in his ability to provide analysis, hypnotherapy, stress management, stress counselling, NLP and complementary health therapies including specific training and coaching provision as part of an NVQ Level 4 in Training and Development assessment. This included assessment of lecturing provision for a local education authority. Since that time he has also trained in counselling and psychotherapy. He has also completed a variety of training courses in different models of psychology and philosophy, both eastern and western models. He also has a MSc Psychology.

Psychoanalysis is a very specific form of psychological therapy which does not have the same characteristics as CBT or other psychotherapies usually seen in the NHS. Psychoanalysis is a process of cooperative discovery and empowerment between therapist and client where the client's issues are not seen as medical, nor as conditions to "treat". The relationship between therapist and client is professional, yet complex. The dynamic is not one of an all knowing all seeing expert "helping" or "treating" a client, but rather the therapist is a guide and "fellow traveler" on the client's journey.

In psychoanalysis and holistic psychology the person is seen as a whole, not as a "patient" who has "conditions" to "treat". Thus a major aspect of the work between therapist and client is on self exploration and development. Because a process of development is very personal, dynamic and fluid, assessment methods can not be easily used to identify specific outcomes. By the very nature of the work, the client often does not know exactly what they are aiming to "achieve" from the process, merely that they need to work on their personal development. 

In many cases clients have been diagnosed by medical professionals as having various pathologies or conditions. Often in psychoanalysis these labels are not very helpful since the therapist works with the person, not the condition. Again, unlike the CBT models of psychotherapy, in holistic psychology and psychoanalysis we do not "treat", nor do we "diagnose".  Where appropriate of course the client is referred to medical professionals for assistance. 

Stuart is trained in cognitive behavioural analysis (including the CBASP method) allowing for deeper analysis of patterns and history than in general CBT. Analytic methods like situational analysis, significant other analysis, thought stream analysis, perceptual position analysis, desired outcome analysis, applied behavioural analysis and other related methods enable a far more specific analysis of the individual  history and presentation, as well as effective new behaviour and interpretation generation allowing for more adaptive and positive feelings and behaviours.

Stuart provides "holistic" psychology assistance drawing from a range of philosophies and models including western, multi faith, eastern, spiritual and alternative. Eastern models include Taoist healing methods and eastern Zen & Buddhist models including Morita, Naikan and Buddhist Object Relation Theory and Mindfulness. Meditation, Qi Gong and Reiki are also employed.  Stuart has completed externally accredited training courses at levels 3 and 4 (vocational) and university modules at undergraduate, post graduate and certificate levels. He has also written externally accredited training courses in a range of methods and topics including NLP (Level 4), Anger management (level 5), Stress management (level 4), Mood disorder management (level 5), Joint NLP and Coaching (level 5), Life coaching (Level 4), Joint Coaching and counselling (Level 5), Japanese Holistic Practitioner (Level 5) and Holistic Therapeutic Practitioner (Level 4).

Stuart uses integrative and transpersonal psychotherapy and psychoanalysis drawing from the vast range of models and psychological schools of thought in the west. By having completed extensive counselling, psychotherapy, psychology, hypnotherapy, NLP, Coaching and philosophy training Stuart is able to draw on models and methods to meet the needs of the client. "Solution focused" can mean assistance based on assisting with a specific issue such as anger, blushing, public speaking, confidence, self image etc. Often however the "solution" the client is seeking is personal empowerment and self knowledge. He employs spontaneous style Qi Gong, Chi breathing, Zen Reiki, meditation, visualisation and mindfulness techniques from Buddhism in his practice. He also employs Taoist philosophy, buddhist philosophy, interfaith philosophy and japanese complementary holistic styles in assisting his clients.

Hypnotherapy and NLP are used where appropriately, including the use of hypno-analysis, a trance based form of psychoanalysis. These methods can also be used for gentle behaviour modification.

Holistic psychology and psychoanalysis is often guided by theory and thinking from subjects including Eastern Medicine, Philosophy, Theology, Social Policy, Health Education and Psychology. Stuart and Denise have completed a range of training courses and qualification courses in these topics and are committed to further University study of these topics in order to inform and develop professional practice.

Denise began training in complementary health in 2004 and has completed training in crystal therapy, nutritional therapy, herbalism, life coaching, counselling, oriental health diagnosis, hypnotherapy and complementary therapy. Methods include coaching, energy kinesiology, relaxation therapy, visualisation, meditation and holistic psychology.  Denise has completed a range of vocational training awards externally accredited at levels 4 and 5. She has also completed undergraduate university modules in social policy, health, biology, counselling and psychology. Denise is a complementary health therapist and holistic psychologist. She also assisted Stuart in co-writing the Level 4 Holistic Therapy Practitioner training course and elements of the Japanese Holistic Practitioner (level 5) course.

"Who understands the world is learned;
Who understands the self is enlightened.
Who conquers the world has strength;
Who conquers the self has harmony.
Who is determined has purpose;
Who is contented has wealth.
Who defends his home may long endure;
Who surrenders his home may long survive it"  

TaoDeChing - Lao Tze

There are many different sorts of psychological therapy and theory. These include:

  • Personal Development therapy: Using listening skills and appropriate therapy skills to assist a client in moving forward in their lives and tackling blocks and barriers to progress.
  • Personal emotional therapy: Using listening skills and appropriate therapy skills to assist a client in moving forward in their lives and tackling emotional issues and problems.
  • Clinical psychotherapy: Using specific psychotherapy skills and methods to address clinical conditions and mental health conditions directly. There are many styles of psychotherapy, including hypnotherapy.
  • Pastoral therapy: Using listening skills and appropriate faith related therapy skills to assist a client in moving forward in their lives and tackling spiritual and faith issues.
  • Couples therapy: Using couples facilitation and group facilitation skills, listening skills, negotiation skills and other methods to enable better communication and understanding.
  • Addictions therapyUsing listening skills and appropriate therapy skills including motivational models to assist a client in moving forward in their lives and tackling addictions and dependencies.
  • Person Centred therapy: A particular method of very much "listening skills" driven therapy.
  • Humanistic therapy: A method very much focused on achieving balance and progress in areas of life leading to an optimum state of well being.
  • Psychoanalytical therapy: Traditionally psychotherapy with it's roots in Jung and Freud. Driven to tackle deep underlying issues and patterns. Other influences include Foucault, Klein and Lacan.
  • Transactional Analysis: Related to psychoanalysis it is a modern model of analytical therapy and uses modified patterns and terminology. Very useful in coaching and counselling methods, especially where relationships and interpersonal dynamics are being examined.
  • Primal therapy: Based on Psychodynamic psychotherapy this deals with primal and crucial experiences, often using rich imagery in the therapy process.
  • Philosophical theory: A number of schools of philosophy in both the East and West have contributed a range of models and ideas relating to mental health and how human beings think.
  • Theology: A number of religions in the East and West have contributed methods that can be used in a secular way to assist people. Just as many people enjoy Yoga or Tai Chi in a secular manner, so mindfulness and meditation techniques can assist without any religious belief. 
  • Gestalt psychology: A model which is useful in a number of ways and is often used in coaching, NLP, counselling and psychotherapy. Particular useful models include explanations of how past events effect us now. Gestalt is highly influenced by mindfulness and Buddhist philosophy.
  • Ritual and Symbolism: A number of great thinkers such as Jung, Wagner, Freud and Nietzsche have contributed to the debate on how symbolism, art and ritual effect us consciously, spiritually and unconsciously. Various religions in the East and West have also contributed to the debate. These principles can be used in holistic therapy to guide personal medications and self development exercises. Many of these are combined where appropriate in Transpersonal psychology / transpersonal psychotherapy. This does not mean having to convert to or follow any particular faith or belief. Indeed a strength of transpersonal therapy is to look at common themes in faith and non-faith societies.

Cognitive Behavioural Training / Therapy / Coaching

CBT or CBC is referred to by different therapists as either Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or Cognitive Behavioural Training / Coaching. The difference is in the approach and practice style of the therapist. As the name suggests CBT is about:

  • Cognitive: changing perceptions and the way we feel about things
  • Behavioural: changing the way we behave towards things
  • Therapy: The change process (alternatively Coaching in CBC)

CBT works best when combined with other methods and styles like life coaching and hypnotherapy. A good CBT practitioner will have comprehensive psychotherapy and counselling skills. A common form of CBT is "Stress Inoculation Therapy" which is a process used to address phobias, fears and feelings of discomfort. NICE recommend CBT based psychological therapies for a wide range of mental health conditions.

Qualifications and Standards

As with all therapies the practitioner should adhere to the National Occupational Standards (NOS Counselling) and have recognisable qualifications. 

Stuart: Initial diploma in analysis and clinical hypnotherapy from ASM (via SSM, a CNHC regulator accreditation route), Integrated Therapeutic Counselling ASET Level 4, Psychotherapy ASET level 3 & 4, Counselling Grief and Bereavement ASET level 3, NVQ accreditation in appropriate area of competence. MSc Psychology. Also NACHP accreditation process.

Denise holds an ASET Level 4 in Professional Therapeutic Counselling and other diplomas in counselling and psychotherapy. Both therapist have completed multiple university modules at various levels and both are dedicated to ongoing professional training at university level. 

Both therapists have faith based and eastern philosophy based awards  from the Interfaith Seminary. 

Stuart is a Fellow of the National Council of Psychotherapists, full member of the National Association of Counsellors, Hypnotherapists and Psychotherapists. He is also a full member of the Institute of Professional Psychologists. He is also a full member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists, an AR scheme holding professional body.. 

Denise is registered with the  NACHP and the CCC Counselling register.

We adhere to appropriate National Occupational Standards, carry professional insurance and support  voluntary regulation of therapists.  Both therapists are CNHC registered hypnotherapists (CNHC is the voluntary regulator of complementary therapies set up with Government funding and support). CNHC is also an AR. Accredited  Registers are maintained by the Professional Standards Agency for healthcare professionals not subject to statutory regulation.

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