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 discreet therapy offices in central Edinburgh and from my home office in Portobello. (Please be aware, in case you have an animal fur allergy, that my home includes a cat).

As well as seeing couples and individuals within my private practice, I also work for a Relationships Scotland relationship counselling service. Additionally, I practised as a Psychosexual Therapist within the NHS, seeing patients within a specialist Sexual Health Clinic.

I serve on the Accreditation and Validation Panel of Relationships Scotland. In my earlier career I trained and practised as a lawyer, and thereafter worked as a director of an executive search company (currently a non-executive director).

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.