I am an experienced psychodynamic psychotherapist with a practice in Edinburgh. I am registered as a member of the Association of Medical Psychodynamic Psychotherapists and as a Dynamic Interpersonal Therapist 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 how you experience 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, to help you find a different, freeing perspective.
You might feel that you have more long-standing difficulties. If so, we would consider an open-ended psychodynamic approach to help you experience your life more fully and creatively.
Or, if you have a specific difficulty in how you relate to others that is making you anxious or depressed, you might benefit from DIT, which is a 16-session therapy focusing on a recurrent pattern that you find yourself caught up in.
Who can benefit
Someone going through a crisis, or who is in the aftermath of a traumatic experience, can benefit from a few counselling sessions to talk through their experience.
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 these difficulties, through longer-term psychotherapy, can enhance the individual’s capacity to reflect about their experiences, so that they can get unstuck and discover more creative ways of living.
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 25 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.
- Accredited practitioner in Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy, a short-term therapy for depression and anxiety.
- Throughout my work as a psychiatrist, used psychodynamic skills to understand my patients, and a psychodynamic approach when seeing individuals or groups for psychotherapy.
- Led a team and co-delivered an NHS psychotherapy service using Mentalisation-Based Treatment 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.
- Devised and delivered teaching and group supervision on “Hard-to-Help” patients.
- Co-delivered 11 Mentalising Skills courses across Scotland.