What is your current role within the company?
I am the founder of the company as well as a practicing Clinical Psychologist within The Edinburgh Practice.
What is your background prior to working for this company/setting up your company?
I have two doctorates in psychology and have worked as a Clinical Psychologist for NHS Lothian for a number of years and continue to do so alongside my work at The Edinburgh Practice. For the last 10 years I have also authored and co-authored research in the areas of trauma, refugee trauma and disaster mental health.
What makes your company and/or your role stand out?
The vision for The Edinburgh Practice was to set up a mental health practice that allowed individuals and families to access the support and treatment they needed under the one roof. Searching for help when struggling with your own or a loved one’s mental health difficulties is extremely hard and my goal with this business was to provide easy access to high-quality, evidence-based treatment and therapy. This was considered a bold move at the time of setting up but we have quickly gained a strong reputation in Scotland for delivering excellent assessment and treatment services for all ages.
What is your area of expertise / inspiration?
My expertise has come from the people I work with and throughout the last 15 years has advanced my knowledge and expertise in psycho-oncology, disaster mental health, amputee psychology, trauma, and refugee trauma. These areas have brought to me so many different colleagues and patients, each with their own story and challenges. These people are my inspiration.
What are your plans for the future?
The Edinburgh Practice has expanded considerably over the past two years and demand for services continues to grow. This growth has happened organically by listening to the needs of our clients, their loved ones, and our colleagues in the wider health care system in Scotland. We endeavour to continue to both listen to and work towards accommodating these needs in our business development plans
What inspires or motivates you?
Without a doubt, my patients are my inspiration. It is an honour to work with such incredible people, but at the same time provide a service and support structure to help them overcome some of life’s most difficult challenges. There is no greater reward in my mind, in that of helping people to understand why they feel they way that they do and helping to facilitate their healing and improved mental wellbeing.