I am an experienced psychodynamic psychotherapist and psychiatrist with a practice in Edinburgh. I am registered as a member of the Association of Medical Psychodynamic Psychotherapists with The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC). I am bound by the BPC’s Code of Professional Conduct and Ethical Principles.
I use a psychodynamic approach in therapy – most of how we are as adults is shaped by our early relationships. These relationship patterns are re-experienced in the present, including how we experience the professional relationship with the therapist.
I am interested in helping you understand your current situation, using our joint reflection about the live professional relationship in the room as well as reflecting on how you relate to other people and how you see yourself.
Sometimes difficult, unfair things happen to us, which leave us overwhelmed and unable to think straight about some areas of our life. Psychodynamic counselling can help in such a situation – talking things over with me, over a few sessions, can identify the triggers and maintaining factors for this state, so helping you find a different, freeing perspective.
Some people have more long-standing difficulties with relating to others and noticing what is going on in their own mind, leading to a sense of emptiness, or their feelings being ‘all over the place’. These people can benefit from a specific psychodynamic approach called mentalising, which helps to increase awareness of how we feel and think, and how we affect, as well as are affected by, other people.
Who can benefit
People who can gain from therapy might experience a wide range of troubling, self-sabotaging thoughts, feelings and behaviours that they feel stuck with, in their work, social and personal life.
Understanding what led to these difficulties, through longer-term psychotherapy, can enhance the individual’s capacity to reflect about themselves, so that they can get unstuck, and develop new ways of relating and coping.
People going through a crisis, or who are in the aftermath of a traumatic experience, can benefit from a few sessions of talking through their experience.
People who are depressed or anxious can benefit from 16 sessions of Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy.
Training and experience
- Worked in Psychiatry in the NHS for over 27 years, including 17 years as a Consultant in General Adult Psychiatry.
- Trained with The Scottish Institute of Human Relations for part of their Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy course.
- Throughout my work as a psychiatrist, used psychodynamic skills to understand my patients, and a psychodynamic approach when seeing patients for psychotherapy.
- Co-delivered an NHS psychotherapy service using Mentalisation-Based Therapy for individuals suffering from emotionally unstable personality disorder, also known as borderline personality disorder.
- Trained in supervision and reflective practice with the Centre for Supervision and Team Development, and with The Balint Society.
- Successfully completed the first part of training in Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy, a short-term therapy for depression and anxiety.