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

At a glance: courses, prospectus, fees & applications

At a glance look at the professional training on offer from HDS. Information and links to course information, including: entry requirements, fees, timings, applications and enquiries.


Author: Lawrence Sum

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Latest events

  • HDS Alumni gathering June

    The next gathering of the HDS Alumni will take place online (via Zoom) on Thursday 27 June from 19:30 to 21:00. This will be an opportunity to network with fellow Alumni and hear from one another in our different roles and application of what we have learnt and experienced studying with HDS. Read more