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Welcome to Scotland's Premier Psychological Therapy and Holistic Personal Development Site'Therapeutic care & Personal Development - The solution to your problems is in you'
Psychoanalysis, Psychotherapy, Counselling, Life Coaching, Psychology, NLP, Hypnosis
Holistic psychology in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
We are complementary health practitioners, not alternative health practitioners. This means that we work WITH the medical profession. If you have an illness or injury, or if you are going to embark on a new diet, fitness plan or if you have any uninvestigated symptoms, you must consult your medical doctor.
Psychotherapy , Holistic psychology & Psychoanalysis in Edinburgh and Glasgow
Stuart began his career with training in analysis, stress counselling and hypnotherapy. This training took 3 years to complete, over 200 assessed client cases under supervision, and a required client approval rate of 80%. In 1996 he was assessed in his ability to provide analysis, hypnotherapy, stress management, stress counselling, NLP and complementary health therapies including specific training and coaching provision as part of an NVQ Level 4 in Training and Development assessment. This included assessment of lecturing provision for a local education authority. Since that time he has also trained in counselling and psychotherapy. He has also completed a variety of training courses in different models of psychology and philosophy, both eastern and western models. He has recently completed a MSc Psychology, award date 31 July 2011.
Psychoanalysis is a very specific form of psychological therapy which does not have the same characteristics as CBT or other psychotherapies often seen in the NHS. Psychoanalysis is a process of cooperative discovery and empowerment between therapist and client where the client's issues are not seen as medical, nor as conditions to "treat". The relationship between therapist and client is professional, yet complex. The dynamic is not one of an all knowing all seeing expert "helping" or "treating" a client, but rather the therapist is a guide and "fellow traveler" on the client's journey.
In psychoanalysis and holistic psychology the person is seen as a whole, not as a "patient" who has "conditions" to "treat". Thus a major aspect of the work between therapist and client is on self exploration and development. Because a process of development is very personal, dynamic and fluid, assessment methods can not be easily used to identify specific outcomes. By the very nature of the work, the client often does not know exactly what they are aiming to "achieve" from the process, merely that they need to work on their personal development.
In many cases clients have been diagnosed by medical professionals as having various pathologies or conditions. Often in psychoanalysis these labels are not very helpful since the therapist works with the person, not the condition. Again, unlike the NHS models of psychotherapy, in holistic psychology and psychoanalysis we do not "treat", nor do we "diagnose". Where appropriate of course the client is referred to medical professionals for assistance.
Stuart provides "holistic" psychology assistance drawing from a range of philosophies and models including western, multi faith, eastern, spiritual and alternative. Eastern models include Taoist healing methods and eastern Zen & Buddhist models including Morita and Buddhist Object Relation Theory, Naikan and Mindfulness. Meditation, Qi Gong and Reiki are also employed. Stuart has completed externally accredited training courses at levels 3 and 4 (vocational) and university modules at undergraduate, post graduate and certificate levels. He has also written externally accredited training courses in a range of methods and topics including NLP (Level 4), Anger management (level 5), Stress management (level 4), Mood disorder management (level 5), Joint NLP and Coaching (level 5), Life coaching (Level 4), Joint Coaching and counselling (Level 5), Japanese Holistic Practitioner (Level 5) and Holistic Therapeutic Practitioner (Level 4).
Stuart uses solution focused psychoanalysis drawing from the vast range of models and psychological schools of thought in the west. By having completed extensive counselling, psychotherapy, psychology, hypnotherapy, NLP, Coaching and philosophy training Stuart is able to draw on models and methods to meet the needs of the client. "Solution focused" can mean assistance based on assisting with a specific issue such as anger, blushing, public speaking, confidence, self image etc. Often however the "solution" the client is seeking is personal empowerment and self knowledge. He employs spontaneous style Qi Gong, Chi breathing, Zen Reiki, meditation, visualisation and mindfulness techniques from Buddhism in his practice. He also employs Taoist philosophy, Buddhist philosophy, interfaith philosophy and japanese complementary holistic styles in assisting his clients.
Hypnotherapy and NLP are used where appropriately, including the use of hypno-analysis, a trance based form of psychoanalysis. These methods can also be used for gentle behaviour modification.
Naturally analytical and listening skills which also exist in psychotherapy and counselling are often used in coaching, personal training, NLP, hypnotherapy, psychology and generally in holistic and complementary therapies.
Holistic psychology and psychoanalysis is often guided by theory and thinking from subjects including Eastern Medicine, Philosophy, Theology, Social Policy, Health Education and Psychology. Stuart and Denise have completed a range of training courses and qualification courses in these topics and are committed to further University study of these topics in order to inform and develop professional practice.
Denise began training in complementary health in 2004 and has completed training in crystal therapy, nutritional therapy, herbalism, life coaching, counselling, oriental health diagnosis, hypnotherapy and complementary therapy. Methods include coaching, energy kinesiology, relaxation therapy, visualisation, meditation and holistic psychology. Denise has completed a range of vocational training awards externally accredited at levels 4 and 5. She has also completed undergraduate university modules in social policy, health, biology, counselling and psychology. Denise is a complementary health therapist and holistic psychologist. She also assisted Stuart in co-writing the Level 4 Holistic Therapy Practitioner training course and elements of the Japanese Holistic Practitioner (level 5) course.
There are many different sorts of psychological therapy and theory. These include:
Eastern Models are different from Western medical models in a range of ways including:
Cognitive Behavioural Training / Therapy / Coaching
CBT or CBC is referred to by different therapists as either Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or Cognitive Behavioural Training / Coaching. The difference is in the approach and practice style of the therapist. As the name suggests CBT is about:
CBT works best when combined with other methods and styles like life coaching and hypnotherapy. A good CBT practitioner will have comprehensive psychotherapy and counselling skills. A common form of CBT is "Stress Inoculation Therapy" which is a process used to address phobias, fears and feelings of discomfort.
Clinic locations: Edinburgh, Falkirk and Glasgow
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