Professionally Qualified Psychoanalyst Psychotherapist Hypnotherapist Counsellor and Mindfulness Practitioner
Like many professional therapists I have myself faced adversity and trauma. This, and caring for a relative with dementia who was a war veteran, began my interest in psychology. I studied hypnosis, mindfulness and eastern psychologies initially for personal use, and then after completing my first degree in science based topics, I retrained as a therapist specialising in psychoanalysis, clinical hypnosis (cognitive behavioural style) and humanistic style counselling. Keen to add to my skills I cross trained working in related fields such as youth work and mental health care and completed an additional post graduate accreditation process, adding to my multi modal skill sets.
I have a long term dedication to ongoing training and development, and I believe that therapists should not just be "friendly" and "accepting" of difference, they should be "knowledgeable". I therefore do ongoing training in psychotherapy work with LGBT*, BDSM, Kink and Queer clients and am part of the Pink Therapy and Rainbow Therapist networks. I also do ongoing training in faith and philosophy topics and I often work with clients who want to bring their personal beliefs into the therapy process. I complete much of my CPD in Trauma, attachment and Complex PTSD topics. I have actively worked with clients from backgrounds including Pagan, Kabbalah, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Catholic, Buddhist, Taoist, Hindu, Multi-faith, Wiccan. I am personally a half Jewish Taoist and am ordained as both a multi faith and a humanistic minister. I of course never bring faith into sessions unless requested by the client.
I believe in up-skilling my clients with knowledge in regard to not just their own self awareness through analysis, but also on conditions, reactions and mental health and well being management through psycho-education. I have an NVQ Level 4 in Training and Development in this context, and am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health. I base my work around evidence based and NICE recommended core therapies to ensure a safe and effective core to the process, but listen to the client / couple/ group and adapt where clinically appropriate to use methods from my range of accreditations and trainings.
At my Edinburgh and Falkirk Clinics I believe that clients should have effective psycho-education based condition management of surface conditions, like anxiety and depression, while deeper psychoanalysis, hypnoanalysis and other analytic methods are applied to address root developmental psychology causes.
Vocational (Practical) Awards:
Professional Registrations and Accreditations
( Professional Standards Authority Accredited Registers or PSA AR's are for healthcare practitioners not subject to Statutory Regulation. They are voluntary but provide a base standard of regulated competence, or "right touch regulation". Professional bodies may be a verification organisation for a PSA AR, or hold an AR themselves, or not be part of the system. PSA AR's are an accredited register or list, and do not accredit individuals. it is the register that meets the regulated standards.)
(Who hold a PSA AR)
FHT Accredited Holistic Practitioner: Hypnotherapy, Mindfulness, Emmet
(Verification route for a PSA AR)
NACHP Accredited Psychotherapist, including counselling, CBT, hypnotherapy and Psychoanalysis
(Verification route for a PSA AR)
NCP Fellow and Accredited Psychotherapist, including Coaching, Counselling, Psychotherapy, Hypnotherapy, Psychoanalysis, CBT
ICP Fellow and Accredited Psychotherapist, including Coaching, Counselling, Psychotherapy, Hypnotherapy, Psychoanalysis, CBT
ICP & NCP Accredited clinical supervisor.
GHT registered Holistic Therapist: Seated Massage and Acupressure
Director and Accredited Fellow: Holistic Therapy, psychoanalysis, Life coaching, Chi Gung, Martial Arts Based therapy, Mindfulness
SHTC Accredited clinical supervisor.
Fellow, Professional recognised as having met practice standards and Fellowship standards in Public Health Education
Certified Clinical Trauma Practitioner
Registrations refer to being listed on an accredited register as a practitioner, but not being accredited by that organisation. Accreditation to be registered therefore comes from elsewhere - see above.
(Who hold a PSA AR, and are a Government backed Voluntary Regulator)
Registered clinical hypnotherapist
Honours and other roles:
Areas of Specialism
Specialised support for long term depression, complex trauma and anxiety issues in Edinburgh and Falkirk, Scotland, from an accredited psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, analyst and Certified Clinical Trauma Practitioner.