About Laura McNaught

Laura McNaught Relationship and Psychosexual Therapist

Laura McNaught - Relationship and Psychosexual Therapist

I am an experienced Relationship and Psychosexual Therapist working from my comfortable therapy office in central Edinburgh (Young Street) and from my home consulting room in Portobello.

Prior to establishing my private practice, I worked for the Relationships Scotland Counselling Service. Additionally, I practised as a Psychosexual Therapist within the NHS, seeing patients within a specialist Sexual Health Clinic (Chalmers Centre). I have served on the Accreditation and Validation Panel of Relationships Scotland since 2014.

In my earlier career I trained and practised as a lawyer, and thereafter worked as a Director, and subsequently Chair, of a national executive search company.

My style of practice is integrative. Psychological therapies generally fall into three categories. These are:

  • behavioural therapies, which focus on cognitions and behaviours
  • psychoanalytical and psychodynamic therapies, which focus on the unconscious relationship patterns which evolved from childhood
  • humanistic therapies which focus on looking at the ‘here and now’.

By working in an integrative way, I ensure that all of these techniques are incorporated in the most effective way for each individual.

I am warm, friendly and passionate about supporting my clients through the wide range of challenges that life brings to us all.

Professional Qualifications and Memberships

  • Diploma in Relationship Counselling
  • Diploma in Sexual Relationship Therapy
  • LLB (Law) Degree and Diploma in Legal Practice
  • Member of The College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT)
  • Member of The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

Member Organisations

 Laura McNaught bacp registered member edinburgh
 Laura McNaught cosrt registered member
 Laura McNaught registered therapist

I hold full professional liability insurance and, as a member of the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT), I work strictly within their ethical code of practice. This means that I receive regular supervision with a COSRT-approved supervisor and am also committed to regular training and peer group support as a part of my continuing professional development.

Expert Advisory Support

Relationship issues can sometimes impact upon our wider lives, especially families and children. On occasion, I consult with Dr Nick Child, BSc MB ChB MRCPsych MPhil, a retired child psychiatrist and family therapist with extensive professional experience in this area.

Where a relationship is under strain, issues of family law may arise. In these situations I sometimes seek informal advice from Alasdair Loudon. Alasdair was for many years Head of Family Law at a major Edinburgh firm and, having recently retired from full time practice, is now a Consultant. Throughout his professional life Alasdair has enjoyed a reputation for seeking to resolve family law issues on amicable terms.

Full client anonymity and confidentiality are, of course, maintained at all times.