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

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  • ISE - A crippled trust in a crooked heart

    Our next online Intensive Study Event (ISE) will take place on the afternoon of Wednesday 19 May. We will welcome our guest Gerry Byrne, Head of Attachment and Perinatal Services at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and Clinical Lead for Child Psychotherapy. Gerry’s talk is entitled: ‘A crippled trust’ in ‘a crooked heart.’ Establishing epistemic trust in the hostile territory of the therapeutic encounter with the coerced patient. Read more