We exist to improve mental health and emotional wellbeing through professional training, CPD and the provision of counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland


Our mission at Human Development Scotland (HDS) is to relieve mental and emotional distress by increasing the availability of, and access to, high quality psychodynamic and psychoanalytic counselling and psychotherapy for all who need them. If you’re going through a difficult time for any reason, our counsellors are trained to help you explore your feelings and experiences in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment.



Our impact

1 in 3

people each year in Scotland are affected by mental illness


students currently in training with HDS 

Only 1

HDS are the only training school in Scotland for Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists


Human Development Scotland (HDS) offers a range of professional and academic training courses, short courses and continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities. Courses currently on offer include the Professional Doctorate in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy; MSc Psychoanalytic Observation and Reflective Practice: Therapeutic Work with Children and Young People; Diploma in Human Relations and Counselling.


Author: Lawrence Sum

Latest news

  • New studies highlight the need for more mental health treatment

    In recent weeks, new studies have highlighted the need for more mental health treatment in Scotland. One in four people say the COVID-19 pandemic will have a negative effect on their mental health in the future. One third of those who had experienced a mental health problem before the pandemic said their condition had worsened since March 2020. It underlines the importance of HDS’s role to provide training and counselling services to improve mental health and emotional wellbeing in Scotland. Read more

Latest events

  • Thinking about Children, Young People and Adults with Learning Disabilities: A Work Discussion Seminar

    People with learning difficulties have often experienced separation and loss, trauma and some have experienced deprivation or abuse. This series of 10 online seminars are designed to provide an opportunity for a range of professionals working with children and adults to think about the challenges that the children and adults face and the challenges that they pose for those working and caring for them. Read more