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Dr Helen Galloway, Clinical Psychologist, M.A.(Hons), M.P.H., D.Clin.Psy.

Co-Director

I completed my undergraduate MA(Hons) degree in psychology at Glasgow University in 2007, my Masters Degree in Public Health at Dundee University in 2011, and my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Edinburgh in 2015. I have worked in the NHS for ten years in a range of general adult and specialist mental health services, across three different health boards in Scotland. Most of my experience has involved working within Community Mental Health Teams, and inpatient services, undertaking individual and group interventions with adults with moderate to severe mental health difficulties. I am trained in a range of psychological treatments including Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT), and Schema Therapy (ST). I enjoy working with people with a range of difficulties, however, I have developed a special interest in working with trauma, shame, self-criticism and mood difficulties. I take a collaborative approach with my clients, drawing on a range of evidence-based techniques to support highly personalized treatment and recovery plans. In other words, I will focus on understanding your personal story, consider how you came to reach this point in your life, and use strategies that are specifically targeted to your unique situation and therapeutic goals.

While I utilize a variety of psychological orientations in my work, I consider the therapeutic relationship to be the most important of all the components of psychological therapy. The benefits of the relational aspects of therapy are well researched. One of the key benefits to accessing private psychology is that there is help when you need it, and more flexibility around your individual and specific needs. Following an in-depth assessment, I will recommend a treatment plan based on your needs and preferences, with length and frequency of sessions negotiable. Psychological therapy is based on understanding and facilitating change in your inner world to enable you to live a more fulfilling life. It may be necessary at times for me to empathically challenge any unhelpful or distorted thinking patterns or so that you can get the best out of your therapeutic experience.

I also have a keen interest in psychological research. I have undertaken health behaviour change studies, both in Kenya and in Dundee, and additionally have two publications on quality of life in ADHD in peer reviewed journals.

Dr Shelagh Morrison

Dr Shelagh Morrison, Clinical Psychologist, M.A.(Hons), D.Clin.Psy

Co-Director

I obtained my MA (Hons) degree in Psychology in 2000 and received 1st class honours. In 2007 I completed my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Both degrees were undertaken at the University of Glasgow. My clinical experience working in mental health totals eighteen years, the last twelve of which I have specialised in working with adults with psychological difficulties across the spectrum of severity. I continue to work within a Community Mental Health Team where I deliver individual and group interventions, alongside holding other roles such as service development, training, consultation and supervision. I am trained in a variety of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), and Schema Therapy (ST), Mindfulness, and Behavioural Family Therapy (BFT). More recently I have undertaken Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) training, inspired by the increasing evidence of its effectiveness with individuals with PTSD.

As a Clinical Psychologist, my practice is driven by a number of philosophies. Therapy works best when approached in a collaborative, explorative way. I will listen and work with you to formulate your unique story (‘formulation’) and together tailor a treatment plan. Whatever therapeutic approach undertaken, I am invested in developing a warm, empathic and validating therapeutic relationship. Therapy can be hard work, and can involve confronting difficult emotions, thoughts, behaviours and memories. It can involve increasing insight, and it can involve challenge. My philosophy is that effective therapy goes beyond a set of tools and techniques, it is about creating a safe space, finding a language which works for the client, and flexibility to integrate different therapeutic approaches.

I have extensive experience and interest in working with neurodiversity, with individuals seeking a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). I have witnessed the distress of individuals who have progressed through their lives with a narrative that they are somehow ‘different’, without sufficient explanation for why. Assessment often provides answers and relief in some way (if not a diagnosis of ASD, a story or ‘psychological formulation’ of why difficulties have arisen). I am experienced in both the strengths and the challenges that having a diagnosis of ASD can bring, both for individuals and their loved ones. At The St Andrews Practice, after someone has received a diagnosis of ASD, we are happy to provide follow up psychological strategies and intervention if we agree that would be helpful.

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Dr Murray Cochrane, Consultant Psychiatrist, MBChB, MRCPsych, M.A.

Co-Director

I obtained my undergraduate medical degree at the University of Glasgow, graduating in 1994, and have been a fully registered doctor with the General Medical Council continuously since 1995. I quickly moved into the field of psychiatry, training in the West of Scotland and obtaining my post-graduate specialist qualification (MRCPsych) in 1998 and my Royal College certificate of specialist training (the requirement to be a Consultant grade doctor) in 2001. I have worked throughout Scotland in NHS Consultant posts, for several years in Addiction Psychiatry, though for the last 7 years my interest has been within General Adult Psychiatry, where currently the controversial question of an historical under-diagnosis of developmental disorders such as ADHD in Scotland remains an interesting area of debate and development. Our approach will be focussed on keeping up to date and in-line with accepted Royal College of Psychiatry guidelines on such matters as and when they arise or change.

Dr Luke McQuitty

Dr Luke McQuitty, Consultant Psychiatrist, BMSc, MBChB, MRCPsych

Clinical Associate

I have been working as a doctor across a variety of specialties for over ten years. The last eight years of my practice have been focussed within mental health and psychiatry. I am currently a Consultant Psychiatrist qualified to practice in General Adult Psychiatry and Liaison Psychiatry.
I completed my medical degree in 2010 at Dundee University (MBChB). Whilst studying there I gained a keen interest in mental health issues which lead me to complete an intercalated Bachelor of Science in Medical Psychology (BMSc). This helped me to better understand the importance of holistic practice in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health issues.

After graduating, I completed two years of medical training in specialities including General Practice, Surgery, Vascular Medicine, Neurosurgery and Cardiology. During these posts, I gained a keen insight in to the importance of the interface between physical and mental health issues. These interests lead me to pursue specialist medical training in General Adult Psychiatry and Liaison Psychiatry from 2012 until 2018 when I qualified as a consultant psychiatrist. I have been a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists since 2015.

At the forefront of my practice is a desire to try and work holistically with patients and other professionals to develop assessment and management plans tailored for an individual’s needs whilst also adhering to current evidence-based guidelines.

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Dr Will McMurchie, Clinical Psychologist, BSc (Hons), D.Clin.Psy

Clinical Associate

I completed my undergraduate BSc degree in Psychology in 2002 at the University of St Andrews. After gaining work experience in a number of roles, such as supporting individuals with Autism and working within inpatient mental health settings, I completed my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) in 2011 at the University of Edinburgh. I have since worked for the NHS for 9 years as part of a Community Mental Health Team providing psychological treatment to individuals with a wide range of difficulties. I have been trained in a range of psychological treatments including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (tfCBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Behavioural Family Therapy (BFT). At the heart of all my clinical work is developing a safe space for patients to be able to openly discuss their difficulties and feel they will be supported in a non-judgemental forum. I believe that developing effective therapeutic relationships is one of the most crucial components for therapy to be effective, and applying this together with evidence based treatment approaches that are tailored to each individual.

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Dr Philip Sharples, Clinical Psychologist, BSc (Hons), D.Clin.Psy

Clinical Associate

I completed my BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology at the University of Liverpool in 2007 and went on to complete my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2016 at the University of Glasgow.  I have also undertaken additional training programmes, including: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT); Behavioural Family Therapy (BFT); and Schema Therapy.  I often will draw upon Compassion Focus Therapy (CFT), Mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) approaches in my clinical practice. I have around 13 years experience working within both private and public healthcare settings.  During the last 10 years I have worked across three different NHS health boards, predominately in community mental health settings, providing assessment and both individual and group treatment working with mild to severe mental health difficulties.

My therapeutic stance prioritises creating a safe, collaborative environment to enable clients to reflect and make sense of factors that may influence their mental health.  I will initially focus on a detailed psychological assessment and individualised formulation to understand how mental health difficulties have developed over time using relevant psychological theory.  Following this I work with my clients to identify personally meaningful therapeutic goals and targeted treatment plans based upon evidence based psychological treatments.

Lisa Paxman

Lisa Paxman, Specialist Occupational Therapist, DIP, BSC PG (DIP)

Clinical Associate

I qualified as an Occupational Therapist (OT) from St Andrew’s School of Occupation Therapy in Northampton in 1992 and have over 25 years of experience working in the NHS across a range of medical and mental health specialities. It is important for me to ensure I am up to date with current developments in my area of expertise and able to respond to them appropriately. This led me to further studies to expand my knowledge and develop my skills in other disciplines and practices such as counselling, and cancer and palliative care. More recently, I gained a post-graduate certificate in Advance Practice with Dundee University (2015), and qualifications to administer the Diagnostic Interview for Social and Communication disOrders (DISCO), used to diagnose autism. In 2017, I completed a post-graduate diploma in Sensory Integration with Ulster University to become and advanced Sensory Integration Practitioner.

My current experience is in an autism service (mental health) which supports my interest in neurodiversity and prompted me to study the sensory differences often experienced by individuals with autism, dyslexia and ADHD. While Sensory Procession Disorder is not yet recognised as a medical condition, it is increasingly acknowledged as having a significant impact on a person’s ability to function.

As an OT I am interested in supporting people to identify and overcome the barriers to managing activities that are important to them; the things they need to do and those they enjoy doing. Examples include assisting people with studying effectively (planning, organising, memory); learning how to drive (co-ordination of movement); managing work demands (environmental adjustments, task analysis) and leisure and relaxation (time management).

My particular interest is in sensory differences. The way our brain processes sensory information from our environment and our bodies – what we see, hear, taste, touch and how we move – is an essential part of how we manage any activity. Sensory differences can interfere with your ability to focus, learn and organise yourself (body and mind), and may mean it is difficult for you to manage your emotional responses.

Through assessment and treatment planning I would help you to develop and understanding of the sensory inputs you are over-sensitive to and how to manage your responses. We would also look at the sensory inputs you may need more of, to help you achieve what you want and need to do.

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Dr Gail Wilson, Counselling Psychologist, BSc (Hons), D.Psych

Clinical Associate

Psychological wellness is dynamic, and as a an HCPC accredited Counselling Psychologist I am interested in how it can be impacted by your view and understanding of yourself, the relationships you are in, what’s happened to you, and how you make sense of what’s going on in the world. My aim is to meet with you wherever you are psychologically, and offer you a collaborative and nurturing relationship, and the knowledge and skills required to facilitate your self-exploration, to improve and maintain your wellbeing. 

I gained my BSc(hons) in Applied Psychology in 2012, and went on to complete a MSc in Forensic Psychology in 2013. I returned to studying in 2016 to gain my Doctorate in Counselling Psychology from Glasgow Caledonian University. I am trained in Person-Centred and Experiential Therapy (PCET), and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and utilise aspects of third wave CBT such as Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) in the context of evidence based practice. In meeting together I will spend time with you developing an understanding of the main problems you are facing, and strengths you have, and identify goals that we can work towards. We will use different tools to measure if we are meeting those goals over time, in particular to empower you to have agency in deciding when you are ready to end the therapeutic intervention.

My approach as a clinician is anchored in developmental psychology, having worked in children, young people and family services across my career, initially as a researcher, which led to my presenting and publishing nationally and internationally on best practice for young women in care and criminal justice settings, and further in developing third/charity sector mental health and trauma services in Central East Scotland. My clinical experience and particular interests further spans veteran, and LGBTQI+ settings, and the NHS where I am currently practicing.