Dr Helen Galloway

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.

Dr Murray Cochrane

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.