background image
26th August 2016 

The Practice: Psychoanalysis in Edinburgh city centre and the Scottish Borders

I provide a space for the practice of psychoanalysis within Edinburgh city centre and also in the Scottish Borders near Jedburgh.

Psychoanalysis or psychoanalytic psychotherapy is an open-ended conversation with no agenda and no time limit (i.e. number of sessions). The practice (Greek: Praxis) of psychoanalysis attends to the person who comes for analysis, to listen and witness their concerns, and to facilitate, if possible some kind of loosening of the strictures than bind and contort experience.

I work with people with different needs under the rubric of mental distress. I have experience of working with people suffering anxiety, depression, addiction, panic attacks, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, psychosis and schizophrenia type disorders. I also work with people who have feelings of low confidence, motivation issues, school/academic difficulties, and also sports people.

I also offer clinical supervision, academic support, reflective practice, facilitation of support groups, debriefing and professional consultancy to individuals, groups and organisations.

"The psychotherapeutic relationship is therefore a re-search. A search constantly reasserted and reconstituted for what we have lost, and which some can perhaps endure a little more easily than others. True, in the enterprise of psychotherapy there are regularities, even institutional structures, pervading the sequence, rhythm and tempo of the therapeutic situation viewed as a process.... But the really decisive moments in psychotherapy, as every patient or therapist who has ever experienced them knows, are unpredictable, unique, unforgettable, always unrepeatable, and often indescribable." R.D. Laing, Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst; Politics of Experience and the Bird of Paradise, 1967, p47.

If you feel like you could benefit from psychoanalysis, please visit my other pages on this website and to find out more about my in practices in Edinburgh city centre and the Scottish Borders. I also offer telephone, SKYPE, and email consultations.