Kay Buchan

Kay Buchan is an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist who has extensive experience of working with clinical staff and other safety-critical employees.

She works with many health professionals both on a one-to-one basis as a psychotherapist, and also in a research context, alongside medical educators and social scientists, exploring the psychological effect of the stresses of medical life on medical professionals. 

Kay has been working as a psychotherapist and researcher for 20 years working in public, private and third sector organisations with people of all ages, with infinitely varied challenges. She has particular expertise in the effects of trauma, identity issues, and grief and loss.

She started her career in the creative industry and uses creative expression in her current work (image, written word, role play).

She has an MA in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy with Adults, a diploma in Therapeutic Counselling with Adolescents and a Certificate in Traumatic Stress Studies. 

Kay co-authored and published “Simulation; the power of what hurts” Medical Education. 2019. Authors;- Daniel Turton, Kay Buchan, Megan Hall-Jackson and Caroline Pelletier. And, “Learning from failure: exploring the psychodynamics of work in a clinical simulation centre”. Article in Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society. 2019 [in press].