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About me

I am an experienced medical psychodynamic psychotherapist with a practice in Edinburgh. I am registered with The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and bound by the BPC’s Code of Professional Conduct and Ethical Principles.

I use a psychodynamic approach – 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 a 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 longer-term psychotherapy 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 Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy, a sixteen-session therapy focusing on a relationship pattern that you find yourself caught up in.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Worked in Psychiatry in the NHS for over twenty-five years, with the last seventeen years as a Consultant in General Adult Psychiatry.
  • Trained with and taught at The Scottish Institute of Human Relations.
  • Led, co-delivered and supervised a Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT) NHS service for individuals suffering from borderline personality disorder.
  • Co-delivered eleven Mentalizing Skills courses across Scotland as a founder member of MBT Scotland after bespoke training from Professors Bateman and Fonagy. 
  • Trained in supervision and reflective practice with the Centre for Supervision and Team Development (London), and with The Balint Society.
  • Devised and co-delivered teaching and group supervision on “Hard-to-Help” patients to health and social care professionals.
  • Accredited practitioner in Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy, a sixteen-session therapy for depression and anxiety.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC)

The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) is a professional association, representing the profession of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

The organisation is itself made up of fourteen member organisations and BPC accredits the trainings of its member organisations. An individual who qualifies from one of these trainings is then eligible for entry into the BPC's register.

BPC registrants are governed by a code of ethics, a policy of continuing professional development, a statement on confidentiality and a complaints procedure. The BPC is a Member Society of the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector (EFPP). Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Psychoanalytic Council

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Psychoanalytic Council

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I also offer reflective practice work and supervision with individuals, online or in-person.


From £70.00 to £126.00

Additional information

I offer an initial consultation of ninety minutes to consider what kind of help might best suit your needs, including considering if you may need to seek therapy with someone else, or if you need some other kind of help from a health professional. The fee for this consultation is £126.

Subsequent sessions are for fifty minutes, once or twice-weekly, and cost £70 per session.

When I work

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You can reach me by e-mail or via my work mobile.  I aim to get back to you within forty-eight hours during the working week.  I intend to resume in-person work in August 2022.

Further information

Member of or associated with:

  • The British Psychoanalytic Council
  • Association for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector
  • The General Medical Council
  • The Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Association for Psychodynamic Practice 
and Counselling in Organisational Settings
  • Practitioner in Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT)
  • Founder member of MBT Scotland
  • Accredited Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy Practitioner
  • The Balint Society

Edinburgh, Lothian, EH2

Type of session


Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

PVG Scheme

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