Professionally Qualified Psychoanalyst Psychotherapist Hypnotherapist Counsellor and Mindfulness Practitioner

Personal Approach

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 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.

Professional Qualifications
Vocational (Practical) Awards:

  • Level 5 (Graduate) Diploma in Psychoanalysis Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy, Counselling (ASM 1993-6 externally accredited via NVQ)
  • Post Graduate Accreditation in Psychoanalysis, Hypnotherapy, Humanistic Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (NACHP)
  • Post Qualification Competency Training in CBASP Cognitive Behavioural Analysis (Dundee Uni Medical School)
  • NVQ Level IV Training & Development, context of Stress / Complementary Health Education (Level 5 equivalent on new UK scale)
  • CPD competency awards, certificates & Diplomas include: Integrated Counselling, Life Coaching, NLP, CBT, MBCT, Mindfulness, Gestalt, Psychotherapy, Mental Health, Chi Gung, Sidereus Hypnosis, Hygge, Taoism, Buddhism, Relational EMDR, DBT, Nutrition.
  • Diplomas in Seated Massage / Acupressure, Chi Gung and 5th Dan Black Belt Karate & MMA

    Academic Awards:
  • Certificate of Education (interpersonal Skills) University of Lampeter
  • Certificate of Education (Psychology, Philosophy and Theology topics) University of Edinburgh
  • BSc(Hons) I.I.T. (Specialising in Human Resources, analysis and modelling) City of Birmingham University
  • BA (Hons) Open (Specialising in Psychology & Philosophy) Open University
  • BA (Hons) Philosophy and Psychology, Open University
  • MSc Psychology (Specialising in Identity, Brain and Behaviour and comparative models of psychology) Open University

    Professional Registrations and Accreditations

    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.)

  • Federation of Holistic Therapists
    (Who hold a PSA AR)
    FHT Accredited Holistic Practitioner: Hypnotherapy, Mindfulness, Emmet

  • National Association of Counsellors Hypnotherapists & Psychotherapists
    (Verification route for a PSA AR)
    NACHP Accredited Psychotherapist, including counselling, CBT, hypnotherapy and Psychoanalysis

  • National Council of Psychotherapists
    (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.

  • Guild of Holistic Therapists
    GHT registered Holistic Therapist: Seated Massage and Acupressure

  • Society of Holistic Therapists and Coaches / Register of Independent General Holistic Therapists
    Director and Accredited Fellow: Holistic Therapy, psychoanalysis, Life coaching, Chi Gung, Martial Arts Based therapy, Mindfulness
    SHTC Accredited clinical supervisor.

  • Royal Society for Public Health
    Fellow, Professional recognised as having met practice standards and Fellowship standards in Public Health Education

  • Institute of Health Promotion and Education
    Fellow, Professional recognised as having met practice standards and Fellowship standards in Public Health Education

    Registrations:
    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.

  • Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council
    (Who hold a PSA AR, and are a Government backed Voluntary Regulator)
    Registered clinical hypnotherapist


    Honours and other roles:

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health
  • Fellow of the Royal Scottish Society of Arts
  • Fellow of the NCP and ICP
  • Fellow of the SHTC
  • Advisory Board Member of the Sheerwood Foundation Register
  • Scottish Representative of the NACHP
  • Former Board member, ethics officer and deputy chair of the UKAHPP
  • Former Local Champion representative of the CNHC
  • Former local coordinator for the FHT
  • Former Local and Regional Coordinator for the CTHA
  • Former Advisory Board member & Fellow for the CPS & HS
  • Former Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
  • Former Fellow (Ass) of the Royal Society of Medicine

  • Currently a regular Journal contributor for the Self & Society Humanistic Journal including a regular political "diary". Multiple published clinical reviews and case studies online in various journals.

  • I am also a member of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Union, and the Alliance for Counselling and Psychotherapy special interest group.


    Areas of Specialism

  • Long term Psychoanalysis and Hypnoanalysis support for personal development
  • Stress and Anxiety management
  • Anger, impulse and aggression management
  • Comprehensive Eastern Psychology psychotherapy using mindfulness, Naikan, Morita, Satori, Acceptance, Compassion & Mindful Analysis
  • LGBT*, BDSM, Kink, Queer, Poly and non-traditional relationship, sexual and gender roles
  • Neuro-divergent clients with issues such as high functioning Autism, Aspergers, Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, ADHD
  • Short and Long term depression and anxiety including Bipolar
  • Personality disorders including Borderline Personality Disorder
  • PTSD Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other forms of complex trauma
  • Disassociative disorders including NEAD
  • Psychosomatic illness including pain conditions, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and certain skin conditions (must be medically supervised)
  • Performance anxiety and Public Speaking
  • Sports Hypnosis and NLP for performance
  • Couples Counselling
  • Working with ex Armed Forces and current serving personnel for PTSD, decompression and relationship dynamics
  • Therapist training and Clinical Supervision

    Qualifications & Biography. Royal Society of Public Health Fellow

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