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Psychotherapy, Hypnoanalysis, Psychoanalysis & Counselling

in Central Edinburgh Area


Home. Stuart Morgan-Ayrs

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

Is life not fulfilling? Are you surviving and not really living?

  • Do you have emotions, feelings or symptoms that are getting in the way of your well being?
  • Have you suffered trauma, depression, anxiety or mood disorders, or perhaps some other mental health diagnosis?
  • Do you get feelings of trauma, grief, flashbacks, sudden sinking feelings, panic attacks, disassociation or otherwise get triggered?
  • Do you find yourself being a perfectionist? Or having problems relating to others or even yourself?
  • Perhaps it might help to learn new strategies and gain new understanding, enabling more well being?
  • Have you had counselling or therapy before, but perhaps it did not quite resolve the deeper issues??
  • Would you like to find Psychotherapy, Counselling, Hypnotherapy, Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy or Hypno-analysis ( analytic hypnotherapy) in Edinburgh, Falkirk or via online?
  • Do you need a therapist who specialises in Trauma? How about a Certified Clinical Trauma Practitioner (CCTP) internally validated by the International Association of Trauma Practitioners and also certified in specialist use of hypnosis, body-mind work and neurology for trauma! Why not also visit my Specialist Trauma Clinic Page www.trauma-edinburgh.co.uk !

    Operating in Person Face 2 Face with COVID secure premises

    Hello, I am Stuart Morgan-Ayrs and I have been practising as a qualified psychotherapist, psychoanalyst and hypnotherapist for nearly 27 years. I now practice Clinical Psychotherapy, Counselling, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, Analysis and Hypnotherapy in Edinburgh City Centre. I am a clinical trauma specialist with multiple post qualification certifications and trainings in different advanced trauma treatment models. My main practice is in Central Edinburgh in a COVID safe clinic in the City Centre. During the COVID emergency I am working online and in my specially adapted and COVID secured office (I have completed specialised COVID Infection Prevention and Control training and have invested in high standards of cleaning and prevention).

  • I am a Specialist Psychotherapist, dealing in a range of related issues, in particular trauma, complex trauma, loss, grief and the related emotional mental health conditions that occur alongside them, in particular anxiety, depression and mood disorders. I use psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, counselling, hypnoanalysis based hypnotherapy and mind-body psychotherapy methods to address these specific issues in Edinburgh. I am registered and qualified as a specialist psychotherapist in these areas, and am required to complete yearly additional CPD training in these areas on top of my normal professional CPD for professional registration as a psychotherapist and counsellor.

  • I do not comment by phone in advance of your assessment, because without carrying out a professional assessment process, there is nothing informed to say, and speculation is not professional or helpful. it is also not my job to talk you into having therapy, I am here if you are ready to engage with a specialist. Please do not contact me asking for any one particular kind of therapy. I am a specialist and I will inform you of the appropriate options for your issues once the assessment process is complete. This will be based around research evidenced and NICE recommended therapy methods.

  • 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, depression, anxiety, mood disorders 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 always require dramatic events to have occurred (it can be about lack - or things missing) , although of course sometimes there can be awful memories or events. I am also a specialist in the related fields of anxiety treatment and depression and mood disorder treatment, and am a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP), and Certified Depression and Mood Disorder Professional (CDMDTP). I am also certified in Anger management and Nutritional and Integrative Medicine for Mental Health Professionals


    In the field of advanced trauma therapy, "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, acceptance and commitment therapy and psychotherapy in Edinburgh and online, 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. I am also trained in DBT, MBCT, EMDR and many other therapies that I draw from as appropriate. The psychotherapy process is often likened to taking 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, acceptance therapies, 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 levels I (Trauma) and II (Complex Trauma). I am also a certified competent mental health practitioner in ACT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I also have specialist certifications in the clinical use of mindfulness, and the clinical use in trauma of Hypnosis, neurology and mind-body work. my specialist certification in Nutritional and Integrative Medicine enables me to provide psycho-education around the complex nutritional needs of trauma and mental health survivors, a vital area in order to enable body-mind recovery.

    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. In fact it is far better to let the assessment process determine the initial options, and then discuss the forms of psychotherapy, counselling, hypnotherapy or other mental health or trauma treatments you require. The process therefore can be flexible, but is driven by what is clinically appropriate.

    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). Regular check ins are incorporated into the process to discuss process and direction. At any time clients can disengage with 7 days notice.

    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 (ACT: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and attachment based psychotherapy), 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 an official or formal 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. Other clients have been given a range of diagnosis over time, but never really got to the root causes. The main focus of my practice is on long term complex PTSD, mental health and attachment work.

    I am now working in a bespoke clinic room of my own in Edinburgh City Centre. The clinic is in the Tiree Room, top floor of Scott House on South St Andrews Square. I am available for face to face appointments in a COVID-cleaned and risk assessed room, or by virtual appointment using secure clinical software.

    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, analysis 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. Beyond post graduate and qualification level I have completed certification in specialist integrative treatment of Trauma, Mood Disorders, Depression, Anxiety and Attention Difficulty based disorders.

    Latest news!
    Stuart has been awarded Fellowship of the Complementary Medicine Association, an Elite Professional Body based here in Scotland. CMA are a leading professional body and are highly active in supporting members, upholding standards and consulting with Government. The CMA are unusual in that they encourage specialism and list practitioner specialisms on their Website. As a result Stuart will be adhering to their standards for his Specialty Certifications, and gradually moving away from Evergreen yearly certification, which is more USA orientated.

    Stuart has been awarded Fellowship of the Federation of Holistic Therapists, who hold the largest PSA Accredited Register of therapists in the UK. Fellowship is the highest level of practitioner membership and is awarded for a combination of tenure and outstanding achievement in the industry.

    As a result of new developments in the industry we are phasing out registration with the CNHC. Both Stuart and Denise remain registered with the FHT and and are registrants on the FHT Professional Standards Authority Accredited Register.

    Stuart is now registered with the Complementary Medicine Association (CMA). The CMA is an Elite Professional Body representing Integrative therapists across Mind- Body and spiritual well being, based here in Scotland.

    Work continues in personal development and ongoing training with a international group exploring long term trauma and attachment based models of therapeutic response.

    Certification now complete in Specialist Grief Counselling based therapy (CGCS)

    Certification now complete in Advanced Nutritional and integrative Medicine for Mental Health Professionals (CMHIMP)

    Certification now complete in Clinical Treatment of Anger (CAMTP)

    Additional advanced certification now complete in the specialist use of Hypnosis, Neurology and Mind/Body therapy for the treatment of Trauma.

    Additional advanced certification now complete in Clinical Treatment of Depression and Mood Disorders (CDMDTP).

    Additional advanced certification now complete in Clinical Treatment of Attention Deficit Disorders (ADHD-CCSP)

    Additional advanced certification now complete in Clinical Treatment of Anxiety (CCATP).

    Additional advanced certification in Complex Trauma and Dissociative Disorders (CCTP-II).

    Additional advanced certification in the Clinical Application of Mindfulness.

    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.

    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: "How often do you check in and notice that you are safe, and have survived? You are enough right now!"

    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, ACT, Somatic therapy, Mindfulness and Hypnosis?


    Complex PTSD therapy, Hypnosis for Trauma, Anxiety counselling, trauma therapy, depression counselling, ACT, Psychoanalysis, Psychotherapy and Multi-Modal Analysis in Edinburgh. Certified Clinical Trauma Practitioner Edinburgh Online. Face to Face trauma therapy Edinburgh City Centre.


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    New Developments in Specialist Therapy Provision

    During this COVID crisis it is very important to be assured of safety when consulting a therapist. With this in mind I have completed two different COVID safety, risk assessment and hygiene control courses and invested heavily in PPE and other equipment to ensure your safety.

    Some clients remain online, but because of the clinical nature of my work, and the inappropriateness of certain kinds of clinical work being carried out online, we are open in COVID secure premises for face 2 face individual work. Currently couples are not permitted on site because of risk assessed safety.

    Online sessions are carried out using secure Google Meet software, and exist as a back up for those clients normally attending, should they need to self isolate.

    Otherwise integrative psychotherapy for trauma, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, grief, PTSD and other clinical conditions is still available in Edinburgh City Centre.


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    What is available at the moment in Edinburgh?

    Because of the COVID situation we are only allowed to provide face to face support where there is a clinical need. Because Stuart deals with clinical cases with significant severity, face to face work is required for safety reasons for certain types of clinical process to be carried out.

    Clinical Psychotherapy to deal with Complex Trauma, Complex PTSD, Clinical Anxiety, Long term Depression, Grief and loss and Mood disorders, as well as extreme stress and related conditions such as eating disorders, self harm and domestic abuse often require levels of intensity in clinical work that they are unsafe to address online only. Therefore they require the safety protocols of face to face work.

    The National Council of Psychotherapists has written to all of it's therapists acknowledging that there is a duty of care and safety need to see clinical clients of these types face to face.

    Psychotherapy, Counselling and Hypnotherapy based somatic processing and mindbody work are therefore available in Edinburgh for Trauma, clinical anxiety, long term depression and other mental health cases. We are pround to be currently supporting a range of key workers including care workers and NHS staff.


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