Psychological Therapies Service

East Lothian Psychological Therapies Service (PTS) is part of the Joint Mental Health Team based within Herdmanflat Hospital in Haddington. PTS provide psychological assessments and therapies to the adults agd 18- 65 in East Lothian.

Service Description

The team consists of psychological therapists and psychologists, who deliver a range of individual and group therapies to people with moderate to severe mental health problems. This includes working with people with a range of traumatic experiences.

The main therapies offered are:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT),
  • Interpersonal Therapy (IPT),
  • Eye Movement and Desensitisation Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR),
  • Cognitive Analytical Therapy (CAT) and
  • Cognitive Behavioural Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP).

There is also a group programme available, including:

Survive and thrive is a psycho-educational 10 week course for people who have lived through traumatic life experiences. Courses are separate for men and women. The course can help survivors of trauma to understand why early life experiences are still having an impact now and to understand this impact more fully. It will also introduce coping skills that may help people to manage better. This course is NOT an opportunity to share details of personal experience as people attending will be at different stages of dealing with the things that have happened to them.

Cognitive Behavioural System of Psychotherapy (CBASP-G) is a 20 week course run by the Psychological Therapies Service in the Musselburgh Primary Care Centre. It involves two therapists and 8-10 group members. Each person meets a therapist three times to prepare before the course starts. The course has been designed to help people who have been depressed for a long time to take control of their own life and move on in a different direction. It uses straightforward strategies to help look carefully at the choices people have and the decisions they make in situations with other people. When situations are clearer, it’s easier to make meaningful changes.

Beyond Trauma group is for survivors of childhood abuse, neglect, and trauma. The group runs for 20 weekly sessions, there are always two therapists in the group, with around 6-8 survivors. The group will cover a range of issues that commonly affect survivors of abuse. We believe that understanding these issues can aid the healing process. People can expect to receive a lot of support from the therapists. They will also learn techniques for dealing with thoughts and feelings that are troubling or distressing.

Managing you anxiety group allows people to understand how anxiety manifests itself, how they react personally to high levels of anxiety and how anxiety is maintained. It can also help people learn how to manage their anxiety over time. The group initially aims to help participants understanding anxiety and what keeps it going, then moves on to focus on making positive changes to reduce the negative impact of anxiety on life.

Manage your Mood group is aimed at people managing mild to moderate depression. Individuals can talk about how depression affects their life, and hear about how others with depression feel and cope. Understanding more about depression can help people to cope better, so group members will be given information as well as learning practical techniques for dealing with depression. This will help people to deal with changes that they may notice in their thoughts, emotions, behaviours and physical symptoms.

Mindfulness is an 8 week course that aims to increase awareness of people’s natural tendency to operate on autopilot. Mindfulness can be particularly useful for people with depression or anxiety. People who experience chronic pain or fatigue may also benefit. Becoming more aware of the present moment can help us to enjoy the world around us more and to understand ourselves better. “Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose in the present moment and non-judgementally.” Jon Kabat-Zinn

Service Categories


Applicants for this service should also meet this condition:

Adults aged between 18 - 65 and who live in East Lothian


Agency Referral

GP Referral only

By Appointment

This service is available by appointment only.

Contact Info. & Service Address

Herdmanflat hospital
Aberlady Road
EH41 3BU

Office Hours

Monday to Friday 9.00 am - 5.00 pm

Service Contact

Tel: 0131 536 8518

Facilities & Access

This service has the following facilities:

  • Public Parking
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Translation Service
  • Creche facilities are not available at this location.

Provider's Name: NHS Lothian

Type: NHS Lothian

NHS Lothian provides a comprehensive range of primary, community-based and acute hospital services for the populations of Edinburgh, Midlothian, East Lothian and West Lothian.

Services run by this provider

Service Contact

Tel: 0131 536 8518

Office Hours

Monday to Friday 9.00 am – 5.00 pm

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