Home. Stuart Morgan-Ayrs

Psychotherapy Hypnoanalysis Psychoanalysis and Counselling in central Edinburgh

Specialist in Complex PTSD (Trauma), Attachment issues, Anger Management and Personal Development Psychological analysis

Do you feel like you are surviving day to day and not feeling fully present and well?

  • Are there emotional, traumatic, psychological or mental health issues dragging you down and causing you stress or concern?
  • Is there a history of depression, anxiety or other mental health issues?
  • Are you aware of Trauma, Flash backs, emotional flash backs (feeling without image), or problems with attachment and relationships?
  • Do you have problems relating to others, and perhaps yourself? Are you hard on yourself? Are you a perfectionist?
  • Would you like to explore your thoughts and feelings and pick new options and future outcomes with personal counselling?
  • Have you perhaps already had some experience of counselling or other mental health care, but feel it was not "complete"??
  • Are you looking for Psychotherapy, Counselling, Hypnotherapy, Mindfulness or Hypno-analysis ( analytic hypnotherapy) in Edinburgh?
  • Confused how to choose a trauma specialise? How about a Certified Clinical Trauma Practitioner (CCTP) internally validated by the International Association of Trauma Practitioners!

    My name is Stuart Morgan-Ayrs and I have been a practising psychotherapist, psychoanalyst and hypnotherapist for nearly 27 years. I now practice Clinical Psychotherapy, Analysis and Hypnotherapy in Edinburgh City Centre, and have an additional base in Falkirk. I am a clinical trauma specialist. My main practice is in Central Edinburgh, split between the Salisbury Centre on Fridays, and the Healthy Life Academy on Saturdays and Sundays.

  • I specialise in complex PTSD (Trauma), the closely related borderline personality disorder diagnosis caused by developmental and attachment disruption, and related functional issues like stress and anger management. Complex trauma is also known as CPTSD, but can also be referred to as childhood abuse, incest trauma, and other forms of loss, hurt, trauma and grief. Trauma is the effect of an event, or events, or developmentally the effect of things being missing in younger years or relationships. Trauma does not require dramatic events to have occured, although of course sometimes they have.


    Talking therapy such as just counselling or psychotherapy is increasingly recognised not to be "enough" for more complex conditions such as trauma, complex trauma and long term depression. Psycho education, skills training, self regulation and working with mind and body together to reintegrate the person are vital, and not available from all therapists. I am a multi-modal analytic psychotherapist , trained and accredited to graduate and post graduate levels in a number of different therapy models. As such I am committed to providing psychoanalysis, counselling, hypnotherapy, hypnoanalysis, mindfulness and psychotherapy in Edinburgh, within a safe, confidential and accepting environment. Whether you need to tackle diagnosed mental health issues like anxiety and depression, or engage in a process of personal development (or both), I am experienced in helping individuals and couples, just like you. The psychotherapy process is often likened to a journey where the counsellor or psychotherapist accompanies and supports you in your process of self discovery. Along the way techniques like counselling, mindfulness, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and hypnotherapy (including hypnoanalysis / analytic hypnotherapy) are employed. All are available at my central Edinburgh clinic. Cognitive behavioural and mindfulness based methods are often used to address surface issues and symptoms (like anxiety, depression and mood swings), while analysis, hypnoanalysis and psychoanalysis are used to address deeper underlying developmental psychological issues.

    Modern knowledge shows that it is not enough to be trained in talking therapy (eg counselling) for complex PTSD issues, you need to be a multi modal therapist, body and mind. This is because the body stores trauma through the polyvagal system and Central Nervous System and to access the information held in pain and tension requires different techniques to those used to process conscious thoughts and ideas.

    A vital part of dealing with trauma, is to address the developmental psychology effect with an integrative approach that tackles the inevitable effects on attachment. Attachment based psychotherapy is integral to understanding and modifying the experience of the trauma survivor. With this more comprehensive way of work in mind, I recently added to my nearly 27 years of experience by completing internationally validated certification as a CCTP - certified clinical trauma practitioner.

    You do not need to choose if you are interested in psychodynamic psychoanalysis, cognitive behavioural therapy or person centred counselling, you can contact me for a free information pack to see if attending in central Edinburgh is right for you.

    I work with both individuals and couples on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period, with the aim of enabling you through psychotherapy to enhance your life and to live it more fully. Clients attend weekly or fortnightly in their allocated time slot and are responsible for the slot whether they choose to attend or not (allowance is made for holidays and agreed work related issues).

    I am experienced in helping clients who have experienced difficulties with :
  • Stress , including with MBSR, self hypnosis training, psycho-education and Hypnotherapy
  • Relationships , including with couples counselling & social psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Includes LGBT* BDSM, Kink & Queer
  • Panic Attacks , including with CBT, mindfulness and hypnotherapy
  • Anxiety , including with MBCT, CBT, mindfulness and psychotherapy
  • Bereavement , including specific bereavement counselling
  • Obsessive Compulsive Behaviours and Thoughts , including with CBT, Mindfulness and Psychoanalysis
  • Depression , including long term depression and Bipolar, including with CBASP Cognitive Behavioural Analysis
  • Trauma , including PTSD , including with attachment therapy, somatic therapy, Mindfulness, Hypnoanalysis and Psychoanalysis. Certified clinical trauma practitioner.
  • Complex PTSD, Child Sexual Abuse Survivors, Dysfunctional upbringing, Disassociation, Young Trauma, and other childhood and attachment related deeper issues. Certified clinical trauma practitioner.
  • Eating disorders & Self Harm , including with CBT and mindfulness based therapies
  • Students , perhaps you have issues too deep for short term Student Services Counselling?
  • Sports and performance , including using CBT, NLP and Hypnosis to address performance anxiety

    You do not need to have a mental health diagnosis to benefit from psychotherapy at my central Edinburgh clinic practice. Many of my clients come for personal development and improvement work, especially those wanting counselling or psychoanalysis. Others have no diagnosis, but are aware that they have developmental or trauma related issues and would benefit from some form of psychotherapy. The main focus of my practice is on long term complex PTSD and attachment work.

    My Friday practice is located in central Edinburgh EH16, very close to EH9, and within easy reach of the University, the Meadows, Toll Cross and Marchmont. It is 10 mins by bus or taxi from the City Centre of Edinburgh, 25 mins from the City Centre on foot, and on direct bus roots from Leith, Granton, Newhaven, Trinity and most of the rest of Edinburgh. Being only 10 mins from the railway station and being near main bus routes means it is only 45 mins drive from Falkirk, or a short train ride from many other Scottish destinations.
    My Saturday and Sunday Edinburgh Practices are at EH10 in a bespoke practice.

    My ethos in providing psychotherapy in Edinburgh, is to create a multi modal service that can adapt to the needs of the individual client or couple. I trained in multiple modals of psychotherapy and hypnotherapy and counselling from the start of my career, and all along my approach has had the core specialities of psychoanalysis and combined eastern and western psychology. I have been trained, assessed and accredited at graduate and post graduate levels in a range of psychotherapy, counselling, psychoanalysis and hypnotherapy methods, including humanistic counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy and psychodynamic psychoanalysis, and these are all available at the Edinburgh clinic. As a hypnotherapist registered with the CNHC voluntary regulator, I am trained in psychotherapy both in a hypnotic state, and in normal conversation.

    Latest news!

    In addition to over the minimum of 20 hours CPD training this year already, specialising in trauma and attachment, I have now completed an internationally validated certification in clinical trauma practice. The CCTP Certified Clinical Trauma Practitioner award requires the practitioner to be professionally accredited and licensed with at least a Masters Degree to begin the process, and then requires a comprehensive core syllabus of knowledge for specialist integrative work, followed by a score of at least 80% on examination.

    Although it was an interesting experience first leading a working group, and then being vice chair of the UKAHPP humanistic professional body, I have now decided to leave membership since the focus of my practice is far more analytic and multi modal.

    I am dedicated to my health promotion and education professional standing, since psycho education is a critical part of the initial stages of trauma treatment. I hold a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Public Health. The RSPH is a are major professional body promoting health, education and well being, including in mental health, and related matters. It is a great honour to be given the honour of Fellowship grade. Their regular research and briefings will help inform my provision of counselling and psychotherapy in central Edinburgh and elsewhere.

    Today I received confirmation of another Bachelors Degree, this time in Philosophy and Psychology from the Open University. This BA (Hons) is very important since it underlines my dedication to being a polymath (qualified in numerous areas) and combining different styles of psychology, philosophy and ways of thinking to better assist my clients in my central Edinburgh psychotherapy and counselling practice. Latest training news... I have been completing a number of specialist post qualification CPD courses in Men's Psychotherapy, Integrative psychotherapy for Complex Trauma, Disassociation based trauma, attachment therapy, and addictions in trauma clients.

    Thought of the month: "Would life feel different if you felt completely safe, welcome and at home in your body and in your life?"

    Providing Professional Hypnoanalysis, Psychoanalysis, Counselling & Psychotherapy in Edinburgh City Centre. If you are looking for psychotherapy, hypnoanalysis or counselling in Central Edinburgh, why not email us first for free information without obligation. Are you looking for an analyst with specific experience and training in dealing with Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, attachment issues, or Complex PTSD using Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis, Somatic therapy, Mindfulness and Hypnosis?


    Complex PTSD therapy, Attachment Psychotherapy and Multi-Modal Analysis in Edinburgh. Certified Clinical Trauma Practitioner Edinburgh Falkirk


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