Psychoanalysis, Psychotherapy and
Marital Therapy Centre

Dr. Bruce Scott

Dr. Bruce Scott

The Practice: Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in Edinburgh city centre and the Scottish Borders.

eTherapy: I offer therapy via email, telephone, Skype or FaceTime to Istanbul/Turkey's expat community. 

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. 

I work with people with different needs under the rubric of mental distress. Though not necessarily agreeing with common labels of mental disorders, 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 people in the sporting wordl

I also offer clinical supervision, academic support, reflective practice, facilitation of support groups, debriefing and professional consultancy to individuals, groups and organisations. If you feel you could benefit from psychoanalysis, please visit my other pages on my website ( to find out more. 


BSc(Hons)Psychology (Stirling) 

PhD Psychology (Southampton). My research was concerned with the cognitive model of depression (the theoretical model which informs cognitive behavioural therapy or CBT) and the effect of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants (SSRI's) on cognition in depression. 

Philadelphia Association, London. Six Years Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training (UKCP accredited). 

I am a registered member of the College of Psychoanalysts-UK (CP-UK) and a member of the Board of Governors of the College of Psychoanalysts. I am also a member of the Philadelphia Association and Human Development Scotland. 

I am also a member of the Free Psychotherapy Network. From the Free Psychotherapy Network website:

"We are a group of psychotherapists offering free and low-fee psychotherapy to people on low incomes. We are currently developing our own ways of doing no-fee work and we are supporting each other in the experience. We would like other qualified psychotherapists and counsellors to join us in building a network.

We envisage a loose, mutually supportive, network of practitioners offering their time, experience and energy to their local communities in whatever settings work for them. This might be through individual or group sessions, through facilitating peer-support groups or by working with existing community groups."

For more information about eTherapy or to make an appointment, please call or email:
0212 325 75 35