NHS Psychotherapist / Counsellor

Courtenay Young has also worked in the NHS as a Psychological Therapist, Psychotherapist and Counsellor, in and around Edinburgh since 2003.

When my wife and I moved from Findhorn to Edinburgh in 2003, I initially obtained a post as a Psychological Therapist in the Clinical Psychology department of NHS Lanarkshire Primary Care Trust (based at Hartwoodhill Hospital, Shotts) and working in Lanark & Carluke. This was a 6-month maternity locum position, extended to 9-months, working with about 60 people in south Lanarkshire, referred for counselling and psychotherapy by doctors and psychiatrists. This also involved me working in a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy mode, in a very large and formal organisation, and in a deprived area of the central belt of Scotland.
Out of this work came my first book: "Help Yourself Towards Mental Health" (Karnac, 2010).
Since then, I have also worked for as a counsellor and psychotherapist in Edinburgh, for NHS Lothian, in Ratho, since 2004; and also in NHS Forth Valley, for 6 months, in the dept. of Clinical Psychology (Larbert) as a psychotherapist, helping to reduce their waiting list; and also (another short-term contract) for a year with NHS Lothian in the dept. of Clinical Psychology in Inchkeith House, Leith, Edinburgh.
In these years, I have been referred about 1,000 clients - mostly GP referrals, but also some psychiatric out-patients - working with them (supposedly) in a Cognitive Behavioural 'mode', but really trying to find ways to help people through
their (often severe) difficulties. It has been an incredibly rewarding, educating and enriching period of clinical work.