Psychotherapy, Multi Modal Psychoanalysis, Hypnoanalysis, Hypnotherapy, Mindfulness & Counselling. Edinburgh
The Therapy is provided by Stuart, a highly qualified specialist practitioner consultant, with post graduate and post qualification certification, and over 27 years experience, with support from Denise, a well qualified practitioner.
We are operational, providing sessions in person,
and also virtually online (only) for those who might be nervous or shielding.
We are COVID- Secure and Defined Key Worker
Mental Health Service remaining OPEN in level 4
In person with extra Hygiene precautions
(Stuart, your therapist has completed COVID-19 training, and we have organised enhanced safety and hygiene protocols)
We have COVID secure clinic, in a COVID Secure Building, and we have a high environmental limit on plastics for PPE and Cleaning.
Please note – NEW OFFICE LOCATION from August 5th 2020
Why should you choose Stuart?
Although there are a great number of good therapists in the area, Stuart is a specialist consultant in Trauma, Anxiety, Anger, Grief and Depression.
No Offence to any newly qualified professionals or “counsellors”, but Stuart’s Specialist qualifications and certifications are written by the TOP EXPERTS in real practice NOW, based on RESEARCH EVIDENCE.
And are ONLY for people with
1. Post Graduate Qualifications (Masters +)
2. Full Licence to practice
3. Completing courses at 80% minimum
Stuart is a Fellow of several leading Professional Bodies, the highest level of accreditation available.
Trying to find an area or topic? Start with the “specialist areas” and “quick links” sections below on this page!
Stuart answers emails and SMS messages between client appointments on clinic days: Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Thursdays Stuart works as Risk Assessment Officer and Senior Management for the NCP. Please do not expect to receive a reply outside of Office hours; Monday, Wednesday and Friday, although brief replies may be made if convenient at additional times.
Ours is a holistic and customised service, but built around evidence based methods and hard science. In particular neurology, Polyvagal Neurology and Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB). This complements traditional techniques with millennia of observational evidence such as Shamanism (over 50,000 years), Chinese Medicine (est 2500 BCE) Chinese Psychology (est 4500 BCE) and Ayurveda Medicine (est 6000 BCE). Modern Western evidence from hard research at institutions including Oxford University (Centre of Mindfulness), Harvard University and peer reviewed publications help us to understand how traditional methods work and are scientifically understandable!
(Post Graduate, Post Qualification, Specialist Training completed) include conditions called:
- Complex PTSD, Forms of personal Trauma, Child trauma, Disassociative disorders, Adverse Child Trauma, Adolescent Trauma, Domestic Violence Trauma, etc
(no offence if yours is not specified)
- Grief, especially relating to Trauma
- Complex relationship issues
- Anger Management
- Long term Depression
- Anxiety (includes Panic attacks, phobias, anxiety disorders, general anxiety, OCD, and comorbid anxiety & Depression)
- Attachment / relationship issues
- Eating and Mood Disorders
- Clinical Supervision of other therapists
New Specifically Trauma related site NEW! HERE
If you have any other issue, please do feel free email me, sometimes I have space for non specialist work.
Sports Hypnosis– Martial Arts enquiries: I will always try to fit you in! But this is a personal interest around the clinical needs of others.
Specialist areas include:
- PTSD and complex PTSD including post abuse (sexual, CSA, incest, psychological, disassociation, NEAD, physical, neglect, domestic, discrimination including LGBT* / Kink related)
- Grief, especially trauma related. (CGCS) & Advanced (CAGCS) Certified Specialist.
- Stress & anger management counselling and training
- Personal development psychoanalysis
- Anxiety (includes anxiety disorders, panic attacks, phobias, OCD). Stuart is a CCATP Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional.
- Managing clinical mental health conditions with NICE recommended core therapies combined with other recognised psychological therapies, including long term depression and anxiety. (Stuart is post qualification competency trained in long term depression treatment with CBASP), and has successfully completed Certified Depression & Mood Disorder Treatment Professional (CDMDTP) training. Stuart has successfully re-certified (2021) in this specialty.
What cultural areas DO you work with?
I (Stuart) am from a pretty mixed background, part Jewish, part Irish, part Scottish, part Welsh, with Persian and other heritage. I am proudly male, predominately straight, in a long term hetro relationship, I have been poly & kink, and am a person of faith (Taoism). I am also very much a scientist and holistic therapist, so I never impose views on another. I am totally at ease with being male, and I have studied at degree and post graduate level in feminism. I believe part of “rubbing together” as humans is learning to disagree with respect. I have personally studied multiculturalism, black politics, disability politics, feminism, Kink, gender issues, sexuality issues and a range of philosophies and faiths including Buddhism, Christianity, Paganism and Kabbalah. I often enjoy working with people with different views to me, and I enjoy learning from them. I do not tolerate hatred, intransigent intolerance, or identity politics driven intolerance of free speech. I have worked with multiple clients transitioning their gender.
What areas do you NOT work on, or wish to work on?
It is extremely important to acknowledge my professional limitations and areas I simply choose not to work on. I am not a therapist who specialises in: Children, Non-binary issues, gender confusion, BLF. I do not personally wish to work with non-binary issues or Black identity issues (see exceptions below), although I will work with these in the context of other conditions.
I do work with most LGBT issues and I work with Middle Eastern, Jewish, Indian sub continent and many other ethnicity groups, but although I have completed relevant cultural study, I do not have specific competence in working with persons of African descent / Black issues. I would rather honestly indicate in advance that these are not areas of competence for me. I am also not a “vegan” therapist. If you contact me with issues outside my competence I will refer you to either another practitioner, or back to Primary NHS Services.
Cultural References in the room
The Edinburgh practice room contains a variety of cultural and faith references in picture, material or artifact form. This is not cultural appropriation, it is to welcome clients from many diverse countries, cultures, faiths and backgrounds. Items are bought from mainly small craftspeople, including from original countries where possible, and post globalization this is our pragmatic approach. Most clients like having artifacts for them to identify with.
Quick Links for Psychotherapy in Edinburgh!
Normally: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday Online and at our Edinburgh City Centre Clinic. During enhanced lockdown periods sessions may be online only.
- For Psychoanalysis, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural, systems, linguistic, hypnoanalysis and mindfulness based: click HERE
- For Hypnoanalysis aka analytical hypnotherapy (specialised psychoanalysis using conversational and trance hypnosis) HERE
- For Philosophical Analysis, psychoanalysis using concepts from a range of philosophies, click HERE
- For Mindfulness, MBCT, MBSR, Mindfulness tuition, mindful analysis and other variations: Click HERE
- For Humanistic Psychotherapy and counselling, Click HERE
- For Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and variations of CBT: Click HERE
- For Counselling, including short term, non clinical, grief and integrative click HERE
- For Couples Counselling, Mainly psychoanalytic and communication based Click HERE
- For Hypnotherapy, including cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy, Ericksonian and Hypno-analysis, click HERE
- For Seated Massage and Acupressure, Click HERE
Main Conditions and topics
- For Trauma (PTSD) and Complex Trauma (Complex PTSD) (Stuart is a Certified Trauma Specialist (CCTP I & II and CCTS-I), has a Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Complex Trauma Treatment, and is also certified in the use of Hypnosis, Neuroscience and mind/body approaches in Trauma treatment. He is also certified in nutritional and integrated medicine as a trauma informed holistic method) click HERE
- For Stress management consultancy or Anger management (Stuart has specialist training in stress / anger management and is a Certified anger management specialist) select STRESS or ANGER
- For attachment and relationship issues select attachment HERE
- For anxiety management and treatment, including panic attacks, OCD, anxiety disorders and phobias (Stuart is a certified Anxiety Specialist)
- For Grief Counselling and other grief therapy click HERE. Stuart is a (CGCS) & Advanced (CAGCS) certified Grief Specialist
- For depression and long term depression (Stuart is a certified Depression and Mood disorder (CDMDTP) including bipolar specialist)
- For LGBT* and BDSM also KINK, Non binary and similar, click HERE
- For Non Neuro Typical such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, Autism, ADHD (adults), Aspergers, Dyscalculia, and all variations and labels! Stuart is a Certified Clinical Professional with Attention Disorders (ADHD-CCSP) click HERE
- For all other issues, conditions and styles, please explore the menu options at the top of each page!
- I (Stuart) also have my own practice page (this one is a partnership site) at www.morgan-ayrs.co.uk
Who are the therapists?
Stuart is a full time practitioner, seeing clients in Edinburgh and Online. Denise is part time and in support (restricted availability by disability). Both therapists are fully insured, qualified and professionally registered and are listed on Professional Standards Authority Accredited Registers. PSA ARs are for healthcare practitioners not subject to statutory regulation. Denise primarily has a support role due to personal health issues and since she is pursuing a related career.
Our challenge: Operating a holistic and customised service, combining eastern and western philosophical learning, while basing our approach around research evidenced methods.
We are Integrative in nature and guided by Neurology and Integrative Psychotherapy combined: Major funding bodies including the National Institute of Mental Health, the NHS National Institute for Health Research, the Medical Research Council & the Wellcome trust are all are now looking at transdiagnostic models of classification and clinical treatment (including shared genotypic and phenotypic features: in other words looking at the genetic factors and overall person’s presentation, rather than single diagnostic labels)
Names: Stuart and Denise Morgan-Ayrs.
Clinic Locations listed on this site, not mailing addresses.
Status: Sole Practitioner Partnership, HMRC registered, ICO Registered.
Each therapist has a different skills blend of therapies and background. Both however are accredited psychotherapists and both have also worked in mental health support roles.
We are specialists in combining Eastern & Western Psychologies, Philosophies and Processes, and building them around
evidenced based practice.
As a therapist I (Stuart) have been through personal trauma myself and have personal as well as professional interest in a number of the specialities I work in. I am multi modal in nature, meaning I have graduate or post graduate training in a number of different models of therapy that can be used separately or in an integrated manner. I started my training as a specialist stress management consultant, and I am especially dedicated to western psychodynamic methods combined with eastern humanistic methods. I believe in using honesty with my clients (Disciplined Personal Involvement) while maintaining a safe environment, balancing analytic challenge, with unconditional positive regard. The goal is to be holistic and kind but clinically effective. I aim to help the client better manage the surface symptom / condition (such as stress / anxiety / depression) while addressing the deeper developmental causes in an analytic and holistic way. I qualified as a stress management consultant, analyst, clinical hypnotist and stress counsellor in 1996 after 3 years of intensive training and assessment on over 1,000 hours of practice, then completed clinical counselling, psychotherapy and hypnotherapy accreditation with the NACHP over several additional years.
- Stress Management Consultant (ASM/IHP/NVQ) Graduate level
- Anger Management Certified Specialist
- Analyst (IHP) Psychodynamic, Cognitive behavioural, mindful, SSADM, systems, linguistic, philosophical, hypnosis based / Analytical Hypnotherapy. Graduate level
- Psychotherapist, Psychoanalyst, Counsellor, Hypnotherapist (NACHP) Post Graduate
- Psycho-education and Coaching (NVQ) Graduate level
- Hypnotherapist (NCP, NACHP) Graduate level, & Post graduate
Hypno-analysis / Analytical Hypnotherapy, cognitive behavioural, sports, performance, Ericksonian.
- Mindfulness Practitioner (FHT). MBSR, MBCT, Analytic, Holistic. Certified competent in ACT Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. CPD trained in a range of models and methods of using mindfulness in clinical Practice. Certified in Clinical Mindfulness.
- Trauma. Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. CCTP Intensive Training Certification levels I and II. CCTS-I Certified Trauma Specialist (Individual). Also certified in the use of Hypnosis, Neuroscience and mind/body approaches in Trauma treatment. Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Complex Trauma Treatment.
- Anxiety. Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional. CCATP intensive training certification.
- Nutritional and Integrative Psycho-Education. Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider (CMHIMP)
- Long term depression. Competency certified in Cognitive Analysis Behavioural System of Psychotherapy (CBASP) for long term depression. Certified Depression & Mood Disorder Treatment Professional (CDMDTP)
- Grief: Completed Specialist Grief treatment training (GCGS) & Advanced Grief Clinical Specialist (CAGCS)
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
Our ethos in regard to style and medical labels, click HERE
Unless specifically stated otherwise, therapy work is provided under the primary ethical code and accreditation of the NCP for both therapists. Stuart is qualified to work with adolescents and children and on occasion does so, under the registrations of NACHP and FHT.
We are ceasing registration with the CNHC from December 2020, since registration of “hypnotherapy” as a complementary therapy does not match our philosophy of hypnotherapy being a form of psychotherapy. We wish our colleagues in the CNHC all the best.
We have terminated any relationship with UKAHPP as of end January 2020, and are phasing out advertising in the “counselling directory”, since neither reflects our CPTSD and clinical specialisms.
Please note: WE DO NOT DO “QUICK FIX” work. We only engage in clinically appropriate therapy provision based around NICE / Research evidence based protocols. If you request a therapy method that is not clinically appropriate and this is identified at the assessment, we will suggest a suitable alternative and give you a “cooling off” period to consider your options.
How to book in
- Have a look through this website. Browse sections on conditions that are relevant to you. You can also view Stuart’s individual business site HERE
- Email for our free no obligation information files which will give you up top date availability, service, location and cost details.
- If you wish to proceed, complete the online assessment form that we will send you a link for, and make sure you have read the associated webpages on cancellation, what to expect, and terms and conditions. You can go ahead and do that now if you wish.
- Attend an assessment session, where a case history will be taken and appropriate treatment options discussed. This session needs to be paid for in advance when booked. (Normally sessions are paid on the day or within 48 hours afterwards by BACS / Paypal.) We will not provide inappropriate therapy methods.
- If you wish to continue with treatment, and if the assessment indicates Stuart is right for you, you can continue in therapy with Stuart.
- If you choose to continue, regular weekly or fortnightly attendance is required, you will be expected to honour your session fee whether or not you attend, and a cancellation policy applies for holidays and ending therapy.
To go ahead and ask for an information pack, EMAIL HERE
Not within reach of our base in Edinburgh?
We also offer online sessions and these can be supported by our Stress Management Work Book available from Amazon in kindle or hard copy HERE
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