Tag Archives: Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is the use of psychotherapy based techniques in the state of focused relaxation known as hypnosis.

Anxiety UK

Anxiety Conditions Edinburgh Glasgow Falkirk Stirling

Dear Colleagues in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Falkirk, Stirling
As we are all aware, money is tight.
Anxiety UK run a scheme based on ability to pay for people suffering from anxiety related issues.

Anxiety Conditions, Charity rates

This might include, IBS, GAD, NEAD, phobias and general anxiety / stress
I now have the facility to take a limited number of clients under this scheme in the above areas.
This is part of our non profit making (cost covering) scheme.
As some of you might be aware, I am an ASM (now Society of Stress Managers and CNHC AVR route) trained (psycho)Analyst, stress counsellor and clinical hypnotherapist, therefore specialising in this work. By all means ask me for details, but in brief this required over 200 client cases, over 1,000 client hours, external city and guilds assessment and since then I have gained a MSc Psychology. I am on 2 AVR schemes. I have regular clinical and peer supervision.
Please, if you can not help anyone with the above issues, pass on the paragraph below.
Kindest regards,
Your collegue, Stuart
Our helpline number is 08444 775774 or via our web site www.anxietyuk.org.uk or maybe a link to our generic leaflet herehttp://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/AUK-Information-Booklet-FINAL.pdf

Psychoanalysis Psychotherapy Edinburgh

Back providing Psychoanalysis, Psychotherapy, Hypnotherapy, Counselling, CBT, NLP Edinburgh

Sorry to say that both of us picked up a tummy bug via our work in the last week and therefore had to take time off to recover and then ensure we did not pass it on. We feel strongly that it is our responsibility to cancel appointments if there is a risk of passing on a nasty flu or other bug.

Psychotherapy, Hypnotherapy, Counselling, Life Coaching, Psychoanalysis Edinburgh, Falkirk, Glasgow

Since 1993, as a student and since 1996 as a full graduate, Stuart has provided Psychotherapy, Hypnotherapy, coaching, psychoanalysis, stress counselling and general health education training ( as part of a Level 4 NVQ Training & Development NVQ)

Standards for Hypnotherapy, Counselling, Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis, CBT, NLP

The most important standards are the AVR scheme standards. AVR or Accredited Voluntary Register are the registers maintained by the Professional Standards Agency. The PSA maintain standards for those healthcare personnel who are not subject to statutory regulation.

Denise is a CNHC registered hypnotherapist –  an AVR register.

Stuart is both a CNHC registered hypnotherapist and a FHT registered therapist, both are AVR registers.

Psychoanalysis in Edinburgh

Back in edinburgh tomorrow (Saturday) all day providing psychoanalysis and integrated psychotherapy for a range of issues. From the diary it looks like a day of sexual therapy issues, developmental and disassociation issues, drug abuse issues and relationship based issues.

Probably plenty of disassociation and rejection themes so narrative work and examining object relations will probably dominate.

The great thing about this job is that although you can predict likely session content, there are always surprises, since in psychoanalysis the client brings their own story without the constraint of fixed session planning.

I (Stuart)  provide psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, counselling, hypnotherapy, cbt, Nlp, mindfulness and eastern Psychology in edinburgh, Falkirk and Glasgow, Scotland.

Masculine and feminine

Gender Traits in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

Clients often wonder if dividing certain traits and behaviours, especially in communication, into male and feminine, is gender specific.

Generally male and female traits are those which historically are more associated with one gender or the other, but not exclusively so. For example Lacan makes clear that the male phallus identity is not biological but about what it means to be male. Kabbala gender is about the female intuitive trait and male logical trait in everyone.

Simply the expressions continue to be used loosely in a non gender specific way, accepting that every person has both non competing sides.

Psychoanalysis, group and individual

Psychoanalysis with couples and individuals

After the weekend break, largely spend on CPD 🙂 ,  and today (Monday) doing paperwork. I am back to clinic tomorrow, Tuesday.  As things stand the day will be spent providing couples psychoanalysis in the morning, and individual psychoanalysis in the afternoon.

Couples psychoanalysis

Couples psychoanalysis combines elements of individual psychoanalysis and social psychoanalytic theory, and looks a lot at perception and narrative. It is highly individual to the couple and draws a lot on the work of Klein.

Individual Psychoanalysis

Individual psychoanalysis is a method that looks at the person, not individual conditions.  Depression or anxiety therefore might be seen as outcomes relating to historical or developmental events.

Psychotherapist psychoanalyst Edinburgh

Stuart has been practicing psychoanalysis for many years having completed his 1993-1996 training in analysis, clinical hypnotherapy and stress counselling with ASM (now Society of Stress Managers, a CNHC accreditation route).

Since then he has completed a 2nd Bachelor’s degree, a MSc Psychology and extensive externally accredited CPD training in different psychological therapies and counselling styles.

Stuart practices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Falkirk. He is registered with the CNHC voluntary regulator as a clinical hypnotherapist, and is listed on both the CNHC and FHT AR schemes. AR’s or accredited registers, are maintained by the Professional Standards Agency for healthcare professionals not subject to statutory regulation.


Coming to the end of a day seminar on dissassociative disorder. An interesting day and good refreshment of skills. Already an area I (Stuart) work extensively with. Interesting to contrast a cognitive and biomedical model with the psychoanalysis model I use and was trained in.

Lacan and mirrors

Lacan and Psychoanalysis

Several clients have asked for more information on Lacan and his mirror theory. It’s not the easiest thing to summarise since it is a key part of his work which developed over his career. However a few points are outlined here.

Lacan is thought to have developed the idea of the mirror when analysing the case of Aimee, a young woman who stabbed an actress to death. Lacan examined the details of the case and concluded that she committed the murder in an attempt to attack herself. The actress represented the fame, success and prestige craved by Aimee herself. She thus projected her disappointment and self hatred onto the hatred and symbolically attacked her ideal self.

As Lacan developed his theory he concluded that because human babies are born helpless, effectively prematurely, they use mimicry to learn how to master themselves and their bodies.

Mimicry therefore causes the child to identify with an image outside of themselves, maybe a real image, or perhaps the image of another child.

By identifying with an image outside of self, I can do things not possible before. This is an “identification” with the other party.

This however results in a fundamental alienation, the “imaginary” is created where if the other child or image wants something, the child will desire it too, extending to other desires and feelings being shared. Lacan believed that the ego is constituted by this alienating identification, and that this is how narcissism develops in the individual.

This causes negative hallucination, with the ego appearing whole and complete, when actually it is anything but.

The ego, if allowed to maintain this illusion will create a false narrative based on the fiction.

Later Lacan developed the idea of the “ideal”, a perfect version of self based on internalised identifications, for example the demands or wishes of parents (implied, explicit or through absense). This identification with the “ideal” draws on the realm of the symbolic world, meant to give the person context and structure.

Meanwhile the narcissistic imaginary register Lacan developed earlier is now shown to depend on this symbolic origin. The image that people seek in a narcissistic desire is one to match the “ideal”.

From here develops the two terms “ego ideal”  and “ideal ego”. The second is the person you imagine yourself to be like, the first is the reason you want to be like them. If you fantasise about being a hero, the “ideal hero” is the hero, the “ego ideal” is the source of that desire.

Lacan eventually adds the category of the “real”, the self that “resists symbolism absolutely”.

“reality” therefore is a mixture of symbolic and imagination, and the real is excluded from our situation within imposed narrative, and not dominated by the internalised symbolic.

Lacan therefore comes up with the three registers – the real, the symbolic and the imaginary.

When working with clients I tend to simplify and integrate other models. I find it easier to conceptualise the ideal or desired archetype which represents the perfectionism desired, usually based on judgements from others. The imaginary can be summarised as the mirror we see in the eyes and behaviour of others as we emotionally associate with them, and the real is the core identity, the part of us which is “good enough”. This is not to reject the first two, rather to be self aware and empowered.

A useful text to dip into is “Lacan for beginners” Leader & Groves.

I  (Stuart)  use elements of a number of thinkers in psychoanalysis in my psychoanalysis and psychotherapy practices. Lacan is one such thinker,  often along with Jung and Klein.

Contacting us for psychoanalyis, hypnotherapy

Contacting us for psychoanalysis, hypnotherapy, counselling, CBT, Coaching, NLP Edinburgh Falkirk Glasgow

We may take slightly longer to respond to psychoanalysis, hypnotherapy, counselling, coaching, CBT, NLP, mindfulness enquiries from the 28th March to the 30th March.

Today (Friday 28th) I am off to clinic in Edinburgh in a few minutes to provide psychoanalysis and CBT support.

Tomorrow we are both in Glasgow at a seminar for CPD.

Sunday we will start getting back to email and contact form enquiries.

We appreciate your patience in the meantime! 🙂 🙂

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.