Rivers Centre

The Rivers Centre
1st Floor, Fountainbridge Library Building
137 Dundee Street
Edinburgh
EH11 1BG
Telephone: 0131 451 7400

What is the Rivers Centre for Traumatic Stress?

Fountain Bridge LibraryThe Rivers Centre is part of the National Health Service and is Scotland's leading provider of adult traumatic stress services. The Rivers Centre is a specialist trauma service dedicated to addressing the health, social and welfare needs of people affected by psychological trauma. It offers a range of services from individual therapeutic interventions to advice and consultancy at an organisational level.

Who was WHR Rivers?

The Centre takes its name from Dr WHR Rivers, FRS (1864-1922) who was a distinguished psychiatrist and social anthropologist. During the years of the First World War he held the rank of Captain in the RAMC. He treated soldiers at Craiglockhart War Hospital in 1917, amongst whom were Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967) and Wilfred Owen (1893-1918). The methods employed by Captain Rivers are described in 'The Repression of War Experience' (Lancet, 2 Feb. 1918) and in Conflict and Dream (London, Kegan Paul, 1923). Rivers treated what was then known as Shell-Shock - the modern day equivalent being Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Before the start of the war, Rivers was closely involved with Henry Head on nerve regeneration and was the director of the first two psychological laboratories in Britain.​​​

Last Reviewed: 13/01/2017