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

  • Celebrating Volunteers' Week

    Volunteers' Week is an opportunity to celebrate and say thank you for the contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. At HDS, our volunteers provide vital support in a number of different roles. We are thankful to all our volunteers, past and present, and we were awarded the Volunteer Friendly Award. Read from our volunteer, Lee, who describes her experience volunteering with HDS. One of our volunteers, Lee, shares her experience of volunteering with us. Read more

Latest events

  • Thinking about Adolescents: A Work Discussion Seminar

    Because of COVID-19 those of us working with adolescents are challenged as never before. How do we manage remote working with this age group, and support them with the additional fears and anxieties they may feel? And all this without our colleagues around us. This series of 10 online seminars are designed to provide an opportunity for a range of professionals working with adolescents to think about these and other concerns. Read more