Graham Buchanan 

PGDip Systemic Practice 

SIHR Family Therapy (2 year course)

NES trained Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Teacher

Trained Mindfulness Stress Reduction Teacher


Graham qualified as a Registered Mental Nurse in 1983 and then went on to train and work in the NHS as a Family Therapist, Counsellor, Solution Focused Therapist, Researcher, Mindfulness Teacher and Mental Health Services Manager. He was an early adopter of Solution Focused Brief Therapy and has been using Solution Focused approaches in his work as a therapist, counsellor and in coaching over the past three decades. He was a co-founder, with his friend and colleague Dr Steve Smith, of the Scottish Solution Focused Network. In 2005 he founded the Playfield Institute to research and promote positive psychology and over the following 12 years provided training and information on what individuals, family groups and wider communities can do to enhance mental health and wellbeing.  

Graham has worked extensively with both adults and children and in 2007 he created the internationally acclaimed HandsonScotland website, for the Scottish Government, to provide practical information on how to support children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing. 


In 2008 following a lifelong personal interest in meditation practice, Graham undertook formal training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, followed by training in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and has taught numerous in-depth courses to a wide range of health, social care and education workers. In 2014 he developed and continuously delivered an eight week mindfulness based programme for mental health patients and in 2018 produced one of the first research studies on outcomes from mindfulness based interventions in everyday NHS practice.

Graham in collaboration with Dr Steve Smith established Solution Focused Living in 2018 to promote the practices of solution focused and mindfulness approaches. 

Graham lives with his wife in rural Fife and has two grown up daughters.





Living in harmony with the world around you, actualising your authentic self and manifesting the inner goals you never knew you had.