CBT For Individuals, Families & Groups
Struggling in any way with low mood, anxiety or depression or low-self esteem? You are not alone and I can help through troublesome times.
Qualified CBT Counsellor
I specialise in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and offer a safe and confidential environment for you to share whatever you choose, with an understanding that all information will be received with warmth and empathy.
I receive regular clinical supervision and adhere to the ethical framework of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). I have a BA in Social Sciences, am a COSCA Certified Counsellor, with a Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I have also undertaken advanced training in Skills for Loss, Grief and Bereavement and am qualified to teaching individuals and groups (PDA).
During such unprecedented times, such as the last few months, in which many nations have chosen to go into lock down, to prevent the spreading of the Corona Virus, many individuals sense that they have been thrown into turmoil at work, and at home, as they struggle to tolerate all of the uncertainty, that the future holds for them. Feelings of being overwhelmed, unsettled and anxious, can take precedence over self-care, and the maintenance over our mental health. At times our desire for knowledge via social media, can make it difficult to ‘switch off’ and if not controlled can increase anxiety levels, and inhibit healthy sleeping patterns. Although the phasing out of lock down allows for freedom to meet with family and friends,it can also induce fear concerning future outbreaks.
Due to Covid -19 I am able to offer Zoom counselling sessions and phone counselling , until able to offer face to face counselling sessions, in future weeks. The details can be discussed, when required. Face to face counselling will take place in the Glasgow Cognitive Therapy Centre, 134 Douglas Street, Glasgow G2 4HF, and in the south side of Glasgow.
‘Depression is common and negatively affects how you feel, the way you think, and how you act. (APA, 2019). The symptoms of depression may include, feelings of sadness, lack of interest in activities previously enjoyed, weight loss/gain, issues with sleep patterns and feelings of guilt or worthlessness. (APA, 2019).
If you struggle with depression/low mood, I will sensitively help you break down your reactions and thought patterns, and subsequent behaviour, while working on goals that both you and I have agreed on. My hope is that I can encourage you to remain motivated in your desire for change, and for you to realise that you are in control, of the ways in which you react to life’s very unexpected events.
Anxiety is an emotional response to life, bringing about feelings of tension and worrying thoughts. Individuals suffering from anxiety may experience recurring intrusive concerns and thoughts, resulting in avoidance of certain environments, which induce that fear. (APA, 2019).
If you are struggling with anxiety, I will work towards helping you find strategies which challenge your thinking and enable you toto look at your situations from a different perspective. I will help you understand the areas in your life that are keeping you feeling stuck, hopeless and in low mood. When you go through your steps, your overall confidence and self-esteem will improve. I will encourage you in time, to approach the specific situations and activities, that induce your anxiety, simply to allow you to realise that the outcomes you may fear, are unlikely to happen.
Bereavement could be defined as ‘the period of loss, during which grief is experienced and mourning occurs’ (Medicine Net, 2019). Grief could be explained as the intense emotional and physical reaction, experienced by individuals, following the death of a loved one (APA, 2016).
I have experienced the death of both of my parents (and many other close family relatives and friends) and each experience was unique. My mother died over 20 years ago, after a long battle with illness, and my father died very suddenly just a few months ago. The pain involved in processing the losses was very intense, but I can’t express that one loss was more difficult than the other to accept.
If you are struggling with the death of a loved one, I will partner with you, to encourage you not to rush the grief process, and to be patient with yourself, as you adapt to your loss. I will encourage you to find support from the right people, those who have an inbuilt capacity to meet your needs, and not those (albeit from a desire to help) who place their own ideas of grief, onto you. I will help you over time, to fill your days with activities, which offer a sense of achievement and normality, while keeping a part of your day, to think of the person you have lost. The purpose of this is to help you take control of any depression or anxiety, which may try to overwhelm you.
Low self-esteem could be defined as ‘having a generally negative overall opinion of yourself, judging or evaluating yourself negatively, and placing a negative value on yourself, as a person’ (CCI, 2018).
It may not be possible to find one cause for low self-esteem, as your beliefs about yourself have developed over a long period of time. If you struggle with low self-esteem, I will work with you to identify the negative, unhelpful thinking patterns you may have regarding yourself, and we will explore any distorted thinking which may have developed over time. If you tend to avoid any situations which bring about a fear of failure, I will encourage you to enter into those environments (and if you desire, I can accompany you to do so), and as you engage more fully with life, you will find your experiences more rewarding. We will work together to enable you to develop assertiveness, which will allow you to get alongside others, while also letting your true feelings be known, resulting in more deep and meaningful relationships taking place.
Getting Started is Easy
During our first session, my aim is to enable you to feel as relaxed as possible. I will explain the nature of CBT, in a straightforward manner, and we will discuss confidentiality, ethics and our working contract. This will cover boundaries, the number of sessions we are working towards, the length of each session, and our agreement as to how we progress, if you have to cancel any sessions.
I fully believe in the importance of a strong therapeutic relationship, one in which you genuinely sense that you can trust me, to offer you the attention, care and treatment that you deserve. This will enable us, to work towards specific, achievable, realistic and time permitting goals, which in turn will allow you to embark on your new journey of self-appreciation, greater peace and being far more freed up to reach your full potential.
When you decide that you are ready to receive counselling, we will set up a working contract (refer to the section – what happens within our first session) and agree to work together for a minimum of 8 – 10 sessions, followed by a review. Each hourly session will cost £40, and this will be paid in advance of each session, by bank transfer, from session 2 onwards. Further details will be discussed during your first session. First session payments will be made on the same day.
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