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Thursday, 29 September 2016

DR. BRUCE SCOTT, EDINBURGH PSYCHOTHERAPIST AND PSYCHIATRIC REFORMER


                                                                     

Dr. Scott is a pioneering type of psychoanalytic psychotherapist, who is also politically active in the Scottish community, He actively campaigns against the psycho-mumbo-jumbo which is now endemic in Workfare and Sanctioning,



"The psychotherapeutic relationship is therefore a re-search. A search constantly reasserted and reconstituted for what we have lost, and which some can perhaps endure a little more easily than others. True, in the enterprise of psychotherapy there are regularities, even institutional structures, pervading the sequence, rhythm and tempo of the therapeutic situation viewed as a process.... But the really decisive moments in psychotherapy, as every patient or therapist who has ever experienced them knows, are unpredictable, unique, unforgettable, always unrepeatable, and often indescribable." R.D. Laing, Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst; Politics of Experience and the Bird of Paradise, 1967, p47. 



                                                                  




                             DR, BRUCE SCOTT, PSYCHOTHERAPIST EDINBURGH


                        I work with people with different needs under the rubric of mental distress. I have experience of working with people suffering anxiety, depression, addiction, panic attacks, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, psychosis and schizophrenia type disorders. I also work with people who have feelings of low confidence, motivation issues, school/academic difficulties, and also sports people. 

I also offer clinical supervision, academic support, reflective practice, facilitation of support groups, debriefing and professional consultancy to individuals, groups and organisations


                                        FACE TO FACE THERAPY


Psychoanalysis or psychoanalytic psychotherapy is an open-ended conversation with no agenda and no time limit (i.e. number of sessions). The practice (Greek: Praxis) of psychoanalysis involves listening to and witnessing the concerns of the person who comes for analysis, and facilitating, if possible, some kind of loosening of the strictures that bind and contort experience. 

I am critical of commonly held assumptions about mental distress. I am cautious of the use of psychiatric terminology and diagnosis, and medical theories concerning mental distress. These kinds of ideas about dealing with mental distress close down other ways of seeing human suffering and other ways of dealing with life. 



                                   FREE PSYCHOTHERAPY NETWORK

As it stands today, the NHS provides free psychological therapies from the limited perspectives of time (e.g., 6-12 sessions) and modality (e.g., therapy based on the cognitive behavioural model or the currently endangered species/models of humanistic, psychoanalytic, and counselling type talking therapies). More alarming is the fact that talking therapies are now being dominated by the evidence based scientific discourse; that therapy, patient, and therapist are objects like any other, can be measured and predicted. Further, from the evidence based perspective, psychotherapy is based upon arbitrary reductive concepts defining mental health, based on the demands of a scientific/capitalistic discourse. However, even the concept of mental health can be challenged as it is a highly dubious concept.



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