Monthly Archives: March 2014

Psychoanalysis Falkirk

Psychoanalysis Falkirk

As usual, tomorrow, Thursday there will be the regular Falkirk psychoanalysis and clinical hypnotherapy clinic. Space is available for couples and individual therapy.

Styles of therapy in Falkirk

Current therapies in use in Falkirk clinic include psychoanalysis, stress counselling, clinical hypnotherapy, CBT and integrative psychotherapy.

Back to Edinburgh

Friday Stuart is back in Edinburgh providing psychoanalysis, CBT and clinical hypnotherapy as well as relationship based therapy.

Seminar Saturday in Glasgow

Stuart and Denise will be attending a day long seminar of CPD training on disassociative disorder and related conditions on Saturday in Glasgow. Disassociation is common in a range of mental health conditions and personality disorders including Borderline Personality Disorder, Anxious Personality Disorder, Disassociative Disorder and NEAD (Non Epileptic Attack Disorder).

Further training in disassociation from new standpoints will complement the integrative nature of the Scotlandtherapy psychoanalysis, psychotherapy and counselling provision.

Booking issues resolved

Happy to say that booking issues seem to be resolved at the South Side Centre in Edinburgh.

We can again accept psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, counselling, hypnotherapy and coaching bookings as normal. Simply email us or use the form on this site, and we will arrange a mutually convenient therapy time.

Booking issues

Today 25th March 2014, we may have short delays in booking clients for psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, counselling, coaching and hypnotherapy in edinburgh. The South side centre computer system is having first aid.

We should be able to book people in later today or in the morning.

Thank you for your patience

The Narrative in psychoanalysis

Using the narrative in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy

The narrative, or the story being followed and invested in by the client is a concept often associated more with humanistic psychology and positive psychology because of it’s connection with eastern psychology. However the narrative can link very well to psychoanalysis.

Who am I, what is my archetype?

The archetype is sometimes the ideal person or concept that we strive to be. In his Red Book, Jung refers to having to slay the blond warrior and allowing oneself to become the authentic person. More generally the archetypes that correspond in our unconscious minds to ourselves and other key players in our lives are crucial to the make up of the narrative we follow.

The Lacanian mirror

To paraphrase the Lacanian idea, essentially there are three versions of us –  the real us, who we are pretty much unaware of because we are not happy with it, the ideal us or “super-me” who is perfectionism embodied (and who corresponds in many ways to an archetype) and the mirror image who we see of ourselves in the eyes and reactions of others.  Our narrative becomes focused on trying the third “me” to look like the “super-me” and this becomes a main part of the narrative.

The negative Narrative

In CBT having a negative narrative is often referred to as catatrophising. We ask “what if” repeatedly until we end up with disaster. “what if I get an unexpected bill, then what if I go overdrawn, then what if the rent check bounces, then what if my home is repossessed and I am living on the street with addiction issues”.  What often happens is we approach a problem with the expectation that something bad will happen, then we become anxious and tense in anticipation, creating anticipatory anxiety.

Having a positive anticipation looks completely different.  As a respected colleague John Parkin suggests in his mindfulness based teachings, what if you approach the problem with the idea that it will be really easy and straightforward. The first answer is –  no anticipatory fear and anxiety to make you freeze up or become stressed. The second answer is that you will approach it in an optimum state of calm preparedness –  flexible and calm, ready for anything even if things are not 100% perfect.

Object relations, the Kleinian model of relationships and our interactions teaches us about many of the problems with feelings of rejection, abandonment and conflict. The lessons we learn through these experiences often influence how we perceive and anticipate events, especially when they involve interacting with people.

Creating your own narrative

Creating your own narrative, and having the realisation that you have every right to create your own narrative is a very empowering concept. The narrative needs to focus as much as possible on the “real me” which in Lacanian theory we tend to suppress, enabling the concept of “authenticity” as much as possible. This means that we have an authentic concept of ourselves, and life around us, but have the courage to write the script of how that interaction might turn out. Using this model, and other techniques alongside it, the client can learn to make positive and proactive choices, reject old conditioning from others, and become aware that they are “good enough” –  neither “flawed”, nor destined to strive for “perfectionism”.

Psychoanalysis in Edinburgh, Falkirk and Glasgow

Stuart trained in psychoanalysis and clinical hypnotherapy from 1993-1996 with over 200 assessed cases (over 1,000 client hours) and external assessment via the NVQ system. He graduated in 1996 with a diploma in analysis and hypnotherapy and an NVQ Level 4 Training and Development. Since graduation he has completed CPD training in a range of other models of psychotherapy, counselling, coaching, NLP and mental health, along with a MSc Psychology.

Psychoanalysis in Edinburgh this week

Psychoanalysis in March 2014 Edinburgh

As we come nearly to the end of the month here in Edinburgh psychoanalysis provision remains split between individual and couples analysis.

Main issues presented for psychoanalysis

Currently there is a rich mix of relationship issues, anxiety disorders and gender issues.  Many clients are rebuilding their romantic lives and are seeking knowledge about their previous patterns, “mistakes” and experiences. Here the main goal is to pattern experiences, gain increased self awareness and bring things from the unconscious into the conscious where there is choice and empowerment.

Style of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy

Currently the high level of relationship and object relations work means that the emphasis is on Lacanian mirror theory, TA parent-adult-child model and Kleinian object relationships. In couples work again Klein is key, looking at defence mechanisms like splitting and projection.

Symptomatic issues presenting in therapy

Defensiveness, projection, disassociation, OCD, projected control are all common symptomatic conditions right now.

Normal? Can I me normal in psychotherapy?

Absolutely, a key idea in Jungian therapy is the concept that we are all actually far more normal than we realise. It is normal to suffer from emotional problems –  it is something humans suffer from.

Realising that we are not “wierd” or “odd” but in fact are normal people working on possibly painful, but not uncommon issues is an important step to avoiding isolation.


Couples therapy

Couples therapy Edinburgh, Glasgow, Falkirk

Stuart provides psychoanalytic couples therapy to couples of any sexual preference in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Falkirk.

Style of couples therapy Edinburgh, Glasgow, Falkirk

Stuart focuses on psychoanalytic models, looking at perceptions, communication gaps and linguistics of the couple. This enables the identification of behavioural and perceptual patterns both of each individual, and of the dynamic between them.

This then translates into awareness and conscious choice. Exercises and “real life” homework are suggested to enable change to extend beyond the therapy clinic.

Sports hypnosis and hypnotherapy Edinburgh

Sports Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy Edinburgh

Stuart is not just a clinical hypnotherapist and psychoanalyst. For over 20 years Stuart taught Karate, Kickboxing and MMA. He achieved a 5th Dan in Karate, 3rd Degree Kickboxing and cross trained in a range of other styles including Combat Jitsu, JKD, Muai Thai and Wing Chung. Currently he trains in Krav Maga, JKD and Tactical Edge.

Over the many years of teaching he also taught basic fitness, coached and ran youth training schemes.

Over the years Stuart has worked with Martial Artists, Golfers, Darts players, Cricketers and general fitness enthusiasts using sports hypnosis and NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming).

Hypnotherapy can also be used for other performance issues including public speaking and music performance.

Horse agility and psychoanalysis

Horse agility classes run near Perth at Easterton Equine club is now available with psychoanalysis or counselling afterwards on site. Horse agility is ground based partnership work with the horse, encouraging and persuading the horse, not forcing it. The activities are rather like dog agility and is a lot of fun!

Therapeutically horse agility is a mindful exercise which enables a sense of mindfulness and grounding. This leaves the human client in a state of being centred and calm. This state is ideal for people suffering from trauma, anxiety or disassociation.

Psychotherapy afterwards makes use of the calm mindful state to carry out therapy in an optimum psychological state.

New website

Welcome to the new website. This site is part of Scotlandtherapy, an established therapy service with clinics in Edinburgh, Falkirk and Glasgow. Stuart, the senior therapist (me) has been in practice since 1993, 1993-96 in training before fully graduating in 1996 with a Diploma in Analysis and clinical hypnotherapy.

We are dedicated to real professional standards in therapy. Both Stuart and Denise are registered on the CNHC AVR scheme under hypnotherapy. CNHC is the voluntary regulator for complementary health set up with Government funding and support, and AVR’s are the accredited voluntary registers maintained by the Professional Standards Agency for healthcare professionals not subject to statutory regulation. We also adhere to appropriate NOS National Occupational Standards, the good practice standards for different therapies.