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Holistic Therapy & Personal Development Services 


Adhering to National Occupational Standards &
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Fellows of the Society of Holistic Therapists & Coaches



About Us:

Professionally Registered
Qualified to real standards
Adhering to NOS
Dedicated to Ongoing development
Adhering to codes of ethics
Involved in training provision
Therapists with Supervision access
First established 1993




Welcome to Scotland's Premier Therapy and Holistic Personal Development Site

'Therapeutic care & Personal Development - The solution to your problems is in you'

BoatTherapy Services Available Edinburgh, Falkirk and Glasgow

All our therapy services are available at our City Centre bases in Edinburgh and Glasgow and we are considering expanding into other cities shortly.


We have two fully qualified therapists on staff, and a network of trusted colleagues around the UK we refer to.

We are complementary health practitioners, not alternative health practitioners. This means that we work WITH the medical profession. If you have an illness or injury, or if you are going to embark on a new diet, fitness plan or if you have any uninvestigated symptoms, you must consult your medical doctor. 

Stuart and Denise are Life Coaches, counsellors and Solution Focused Holistic Therapists who also have qualifications at levels 3 and 4 in Psychotherapy and Counselling.  Stuart is also a registered psychotherapist and CNHC registered hypnotherapist.

Solution focused therapy is results and outcome based, but is often guided by theory and thinking from subjects including Eastern Medicine, Philosophy, Theology, Social Policy, Health Education and Psychology. Eastern models include Taoist healing methods and eastern Zen & Buddhist models including Morita, Naikan and Buddhist Object Relation Theory and Mindfulness. Meditation, Qi Gong and Reiki are also employed.  Stuart and Denise have completed a range of training courses and qualification courses in these topics and are committed to further University study of these topics in order to inform and develop professional practice.

Denise is a CCC registered counsellor, Stuart is a NCP and NACHP registered psychotherapist and  counsellor.

We adhere to appropriate National Occupational Standards, carry professional insurance and support  regulation of therapists. We support the coming voluntary regulation of psychotherapy and counselling. Stuart is a CNHC registered hypnotherapist (voluntary regulation of hypnotherapy).

Range of therapies

We have a broad range of therapies available, and these are available singly or in combination.

Stuart has been in practice since 1993, and in 1996 completed an NVQ Level 4 in Training and Development to TDLB standards in the context of complementary health education and stress management education. He was assessed on a range of therapies in both portfolio submission and actual practice including evidence relating to Hypnotherapy, Counselling, Psychotherapy, NLP, Coaching, Exercise programmes, Diet and Nutrition, Martial Arts, Stress and Anger managment, Self Help training, Self help acupressure, self help massage, self help aromatherapy and many more. The assessment process took two years. The following listed items and awards are in addition to this level of qualification.

  • Anger Management counselling: Main Practitioner: Stuart.
    Underlying issues, Behavioural Change, General Support. Unlike many "off the shelf" systems, this involves both behavioural change and dealing with the personal, specific causes for anger. More information on anger management HERE
    Also training provider for therapist training in anger management.
    Course author for ASET Level 4 accredited Anger management award
  • Counselling : Both practitioners.
    Various models available.  More information on Counselling HERE
    Accredited ASET course units completed including Denise: ASET Level 4 Professional Therapeutic Counselling.
    Stuart: Course author ASET accredited units and related courses.
    ASET Level 4 Integrated Therapeutic Counselling & ASET Level 3 Grief and Bereavement Counselling.
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Training / Coaching (Therapy): Stuart
    Form of therapy or training that encourages changes in perception, thinking and behaviour. Applicable to a range of issues. More information on Cognitive Behaviour Training and Therapy can be found HERE
    Course author for ASET Level 5 accredited CBT award.
  • Couples counselling and group work: Stuart
    Couples development support, holistic healing, couples coaching, Couples CBT, couples role play and discussion. Conventional, unconventional, family seperated, seperating all assisted. Gay, Lesbian and straight relationships supported. More information on couples assistance HERE
    Accredited ASET course units and related awards completed.
    Provided according to NOS Counselling 1995 and NOS Healing.

  • Crystal Healing therapy: Denise.
    Healing provided according to NOS Healing. Also known as Gemstone healing. Diploma qualified with course now accredited ASET Level 3. 
    Both practitioners use the term "therapist" and not "healer" since we wish to make it clear that assistance is holistic. More information on crystal healing HERE
  • Gay and Lesbian clients / issues: Both, mainly Stuart
    These tend to be counselling / coaching related issues therefore usually tend to be Stuart's clients. Both practitioners welcome Gay, Lesbian and Bi-sexual clients without bias or discrimination. Both actively accept and work on Gay related issues. Specific topics include anti-discrimination, abuse, relationships, acceptance and life coaching.
  • General health and Well-being: Both Practitioners
    Many self help issues either do not fall into one catagory, or are a combination of different therapies. Both practitioners combine these in a life coaching model and apply NOS Healing or other NOS where applicable, including the Allied Health Professions NOS. Stuart is also dedicated to Health Promotion and Education and is a Fellow of both the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health, and the Institute of Health Promotion and Education.
  • Herbal products advice within nutritional coaching and therapy: Denise (not a herbalist)
    Using licensed traditional herbs and plants for holistic healing and case management.  More on Herbalism HERE
    Accredited ASET course units completed.
    ASET Level 4 Programme Herbalism.

    Provided according to NOS Herbalism.
  • Holistic Healing: Both Practitioners
    Each practitioner specialises in different areas:
    Stuart in visualisation and trance work.
    Both in Colour therapy and Reiki.
    Denise in herbal, wiccan, crystal, energy, gemstone and nutrition. More about Holistic Healing HERE
    Various accredited ASET course units and courses completed.
    Provided according to NOS Healing.
    Course author for ASET Level 4 accredited Anger management award and ASET Level 4 Holistic Healing Practitioner course
    Both practitioners use the term "therapist" and not "healer" since we wish to make it clear that assistance is holistic.
  • Hypnotherapy: Mainly Stuart (CNHC registered)
    Behavioural change technique where psychotherapy, visualisation and affirmation techniques are used in a relaxed state often referred to as trance. More information on hypnotherapy HERE
    Provided according to NOS Hypnotherapy. Stuart is a recognised hypnosis instructor. Also ASET Level 4 Hypnotherapy Award.
  • Kinesiology: Denise
    Holistic indication, diagnositic and holistic healing tool.
    Specialised and energy methods used. More information on Kinesiology HERE
    Accredited ASET course units completed.
    Provided according to NOS Kinesiology.
  • Life Coaching: Both Stuart and Denise
    Generic and flexible personal development training where the client is taught self help and behavioural change methods from a range of sources. More information on life coaching HERE
    ASET Level 3 accredited.
    Course Author ASET level 4 Award
    NVQ C25 Coaching Unit
    Provided according to NOS Healing and NOS Counselling. NOS Life coaching in the workplace does not apply with private clients since it is more mentoring and employment based rather than therapeutic.
    ASET Level 4 accredited
  • Mindfulness: Stuart
    Mindfulness is derived from Eastern psychology and is similar in somes ways to CBT, combined with forms of meditation. It is very useful in assisting the management of intractible conditions and problems such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. It is also useful for general mental wellbeing. HERE
  • Morita: Stuart
    Morita is a form of Japanese Zen-based psychology. It has it's own models of the unconcious and has a strong emphasis on management of conditions and refusing the "victim" label.
  • Naikan: Stuart
    Developed from self analysis and analysis in the Buddhist tradition this is a form of eastern psychoanalysis combined with meditation. HERE
  • NLP: Neuro Linguistic Programming: Stuart
    NLP is a wide ranging and difficult to define eclectic form of CBT and Coaching. It uses models of different therapies in an attempt to choose the most easily applicable and rapidly effective techniques. Often effective for behavioural change, personal development and tackling phobias. More on Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) HERE
    NLP ASET Level 3 Award
    Assessed as part of NVQ Level IV Training and Development Award
    Contracted writer of Professional NLP training courses
    Author ASET Level 4 NLP Award
  • Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy: Denise
    Diet, nutrition, eating plans, allergies, intolerences, optimum nutrition and related issues. Weight loss and weight control are common issues. Also Eating disorders and addictions. Use of vitamins, herbs, biochemical salts etc. More information on nutritional therapy HERE
    ASET Level 4 Clinical Nutrition.
    ASET Level 3 Diet and Nutrition.
    Provided according to NOS Healing and NOS Nutrition
  • Pastoral / Spiritual issues: Both practitioners
    Both practitioners adhere to strict multi-faith principles and assist persons of all faith equally, without biased and without desire or intent to convert or influence. Pastoral counselling, spiritual healing, Wiccan Casting, Kaballa principles, Multi-faith pastoral counselling support and Christian Counselling support are all specific models available. More information on pastoral and spiritual issues HERE
    Accredited ASET course units completed.
    Provided according to NOS Healing and NOS Counselling 1995
  • Philosophy: Stuart
    Many philosophers from Aristotle to Nietzsche consider art to be therapeutic. Nietzsche and Jung both credit themselves with being psychologists through their philosophy, and many philosophers write about appropriate lifestyle, ethics and decision making from Plato to Kant and Bentham and on to Foucault (to name but a few). Often philosophy offers us more useful insights into human thought, the nature of life, ethics and related subjects than psychology, which is often sarcastically described as being about "rats and stats". Stuart has completed various philosophy undergraduate courses, is in the process of studying for a psychology and (western) philosophy BSc and has completed a D.Phil in Mindfulness in Eastern and multi-faith Philosophy & Theology. He is attuned at Master level in multiple forms of Reiki including Zen Reiki, and has a deep interest in Taoism and Zen. He also uses interpretive Qi Gung in practice. 
  • Psychology: Stuart and Denise
    Both therapists have completed undergraduate modules in psychology and both are completing BA/BSc degrees in psychological courses. Stuart has a MSc in Psychology. HERE
  • Psychotherapy : Stuart
    Mental health support, proactive counselling skills methods, humanistic coaching, psychodynamic, Transactional analysis, CBT, Gestallt, and eclectic. More information on psychological therapy skills HERE
    Psychotherapy ASET level 3.
    Psychotherapy ASET Level 4 (advanced)
    ASET Level 4 Integrated Therapeutic Counselling
  • Relaxation therapy: Both practitioners.
    Used for stress reduction, holistic healing and general well being. Usually combined with other therapies.
    Accredited ASET course units completed.
  • Solution Focused therapy: Both Therapists
    Solution forcused therapy is essentially where the aims and objects of the therapy / coaching determine the techniques used. This is in contrast to traditional psychotherapy or counselling where the therapy provided is rooted in a specific school or schools of therapy (e.g. psychodynamic or humanistic). In solution focused therapy and coaching methods are selected on merit and are often modeled in a systems studies, analysis or NLP manner. CBT and Coaching are typical solution focused therapies, as are NLP and Hypnotherapy. Bother therapists are Registered founder members of the "Solution Focused Therapy" division of the SHTC.
  • Sports Coaching: Mainly Stuart
    Exercise programmes, sports hypnosis, Neuro Linguistic Programming, hands on training and coaching, Martial Arts, life coaching.  More information on Sports Coaching HERE
    ASET Level 3 Life Coaching
    Experienced Martial Art Coach (5th Dan).
    ASET Level 3 Neuro Linguistic Programming
    NVQ Level IV Training and Development
    Provided according to appropriate NOS and NOS Allied Health Professions.
  • Stress Management Counselling: Mainly Stuart.
    Many therapies claim to provide stress management. This is not strictly true in most cases. Virtually any therapy or personal attention can assist in reducing the symptoms of stress, but only specialised support addresses the underlying issues and causes. True stress management combines self help, coaching, Stress Innoculation Training, CBT and tackles the underlying causes of stress. More information on stress management and stress control HERE
    Accredited ASET course units completed.
    Course author Therapist training package in Stress Management
    Course author Industry Award Winning "Stress Pack".
    Course author for ASET Level 4 accredited Anger management award
  • Traditional Therapy and Medicine: Both Practitioners.
    ASET Level 4 Oriental Health Diagnosis
    ASET Level 4 Complementary Health
    Ayurvedic Medicine Diploma
    ASET Level 3 Chi Kung 
    Qualified Martial Art Instructor with experience of both Self Defence and Health & Wellbeing models of the Arts (4th Dan).
    Author Japanese Healing Practitioner Training Course and
    ASET Level 4 Holistic Healing Practitioner course
  • Offence and Remedial work: Both Practioners
    In addition to a wealth of experience and related awards, specifically Denise:
    ASET Level 3 Criminology

One frequently asked question is how we can provide all these different therapies to a high standard. The answer is simple. We are dedicated to ongoing qualification and learning and therefore complete at least 2 accredited training courses per year. All the training that we complete is to Level 3-5 levels and is therefore to professional level. 

Our main registering and monitoring body is the Society for Holistic Therapists and Coaches. As Fellows we are held to strict codes of conduct and ethics, are required to maintain insurance, complete ongoing training and development, and have supervision facilities arranged.

Please note that ASET accredited courses written by Stuart are written on behalf of an ASET accredited college. Stuart writes and provides the professional training courses, and these are then externally processed according to ASET procedures by the accredited college. We are not a directly accredited centre ourselves.  Marking, assessment and verification of those courses is then carried out by the accredited college according to ASET requirements. Stuart's role is that of course author.
Both practitioners use the term "therapist" and not "healer" since we wish to make it clear that assistance is holistic. Please note as of Jan 2009 NCFE have replaced ASET as the accreditation body for the SAC College. 

In the first instance drop us an email or use the feedback form to contact us. We can then advise whether we feel we can appropriately assist you.

Denise is a CCC registered counsellor, Stuart is a NCP and NACHP registered psychotherapist and  counsellor.

We adhere to appropriate National Occupational Standards, carry professional insurance and support  regulation of therapists. We support the coming voluntary regulation of psychotherapy and counselling. Stuart is a CNHC registered hypnotherapist (voluntary regulation of hypnotherapy).

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