• Psychology Plus

    Innovative approaches to helping with life's problems

  • Dr Lindsey Macleod


    No matter what age you are, if you are struggling with something in your life, you might benefit from psychological help. Clinical psychology can offer people space to think, to clarify the nature of their difficulties, and to participate in individually tailored psychological therapies that have been shown to help, and to enrich lives. Dr Lindsey Macleod (MA Hons, MPhil, D Clin Psych, C Psychol) has worked as a Clinical Psychologist in mental health services with children and young people, families, parents, carers and professionals for over twenty years. She has been working at Consultant level for the last 14 years and has a wealth of experience in thinking about a range of problems and trying to help move things on in positive ways. Lindsey combines an interest in community psychology, sport and the arts to develop innovative ways of engaging individuals, families, communities and agencies in creative and empowering processes that improve mental health and wellbeing.

  •  Professional services

    A window to a better life

    Psychological help for individuals (across the life span), couples and families

    Lindsey’s clinical practice has developed over many years
    of working within the NHS and in private practice. She draws upon a range of therapeutic models including Cognitive Behavioural and Narrative Therapies, Attachment Focused Therapies, Mentalisation, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and Compassion Focused approaches. She is committed to thinking about people in their context (be it family, school, community or workplace) and helping to build positive relationships. Lindsey works in partnership with children, adolescents and adults to deliver therapy in creative, flexible ways that takes into account all the various aspects of, and influences on, a person’s life.
    Some examples of why people might seek psychological help:
    • stress / anxiety / panic / obsessional symptoms
    • low mood / depression
    • problems associated with loss or change (bereavements, separation, divorce)
    • issues related to adoption and fostering
    • self harm
    • attachment issues
    • behavioral difficulties
    • marital or family problems
    • challenges of parenting
    • feeding and sleeping problems and temper tantrums in little ones
    • the "tasks of adolescence"
    • problems with motivation, attention or focus
    • living with illness and disability
    • bullying / relationship problems
    • problems associated with trauma
    • work / employment issues
    To find out more about what clinical psychologists can do to help visit the British Psychological Society site.
    Therapeutic running group

    Community psychology.....partnership working...... developing approaches

    Lindsey has many years experience of working in partnership with statutory and non statutory agencies to develop innovative ways of engaging people in psychological therapy. These have ranged from creative play projects with young mums to therapeutic running groups with adolescents with mood problems. Lindsey has led on many NHS service user initiatives, helping to empower young people to make their mark on mental health buildings and services through creative projects with artists. This has involved having and operationalising good ideas, sourcing partners and funding, implementing / supervising the implementation of projects and auditing and evaluating them.Lindsey is keen to extend this experience to work with individuals and agencies to develop innovative practice; providing psychological help to individuals, groups and communities in new, accessible and acceptable ways.
    Teaching, training and supervision


    Lindsey has recently been developing Trapeze, a registered charity (SCO48079) which works in partnership with communities (defined by need, geography or interest) and other services to find alternative, flexible ways to alleviate distress and improve mental health and wellbeing. The aim is to take psychological help out of clinics and into the places where people live, work and sometimes struggle and to make it more relevant and useful for more people. Five per cent of the fees from Lindsey's full paying private clients go straight to supporting the work of Trapeze.

    Teaching, training and supervision

    Teaching, training, supervision and consultancy

    Lindsey has taught Doctorate and Masters level clinical psychologists and other mental health professionals on a range of topics including depression, formulation and reflective practice. She has supervised, managed and provided professional leadership to trainee and qualified psychologists in various NHS settings north and south of the border. Her commitment to multiagency thinking has led to Lindsey being involved in various multi-agency planning and strategy groups and developing joint thinking forums between mental health and social work services. Lindsey can provide teaching, training, supervision and consultancy to a range of professionals (individually or in groups) on a variety of topics including:

    ● developmental psychology
    ● attachment
    ● parenting
    ● disability
    ● developing resilience
    ● “stuckness”
    ● containment
    ● process issues (reflective practise)
    ● abuse and trauma
    ● the psychological needs of looked after and accommodated children and young people
    ● supporting foster and adoptive parents and residential care staff
  • Experience and professional qualifications

    Lindsey has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Glasgow. Over the past twenty years she has worked in a range of NHS mental health services in Lanarkshire, Liverpool, Sefton and across Glasgow (twelve of these years at consultant level). In recent years she has practiced as an independent clinical psychologist, but she still has links with NHS GG&C through her recent part-time clinical tutor role on the University of Edinburgh's MSc in Applied Psychology for Children and Young People. Lindsey also currently acts as a consultant with "Mellow Parenting" developing and piloting "Mellow Ability", a parenting programme for parents of children with complex additional support needs.
    Lindsey is an Honorary Research Fellow in the University of Glasgow's College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences affiliated to the Institute of Health and Wellbeing. She is also an Honorary Fellow within the University of Edinburgh's School of Health in Social Science.
    She is a chartered member of the British Psychological Society (bps.org.uk) and works in accordance with their codes of practice. Lindsey is registered with, and regulated by, the Health Care Professions Council (registration number: PYL1 6719). Lindsey has an enhanced DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Certificate). For more information about Lindsey's experience and qualifications view her Linked-in profile
  • Contact 

    If you would like to make an appointment email lindsey@psychologyplus.scot. Lindsey is happy to discuss possible referrals beforehand. Please remember that email communications are never entirely secure so you may want to limit the personal details you share about yourself or difficulties at this stage.
    Please note that Lindsey works as an independent practitioner and some issues (e.g. eating disorders, severe self harm) cannot be effectively managed without the input of a multi-disciplinary approach and/or crisis management options. Prior to seeing new clients, Lindsey tends to have a brief telephone call to try to clarify whether or not she feels she can safely and effectively assist. Occasionally this is less obvious until the first consultation but she does not seek to engage clients unless they are suited to the service.
    Lindsey sees people at Southside Counselling in Glasgow (see map below) but also has access to counselling rooms in the North of the city .
    Please contact her if you are unable to attend an appointment. Appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours notice, unfortunately, have to be charged for in full. Lindsey is contactable from 9 -5 Monday to Friday but, as she is often working directly with clients, there may be a delay in her response to enquiries. She will do her best to respond within 48 hours to emails and phone messages.
    Similarly, feel free to email Lindsey to discuss opportunities for partnership working, supervision, training or consultancy.

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