Ann McKendry CPsych; Pg CBT (distiniction) Msc: BSc (Hons) Psych
My experience and qualifications
I am a Chartered Psychologist and have a postgrad in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (with Distinction). I also have an MSc and Hons degree in Psychology as well as a postgrad Diploma in Advanced Child Development. I work as a CBT counsellor in private practice. Coming from a background as a university lecturer I bring intelligence, empathy, enthusiasm and a non-judgemental attitude to my session. Working for the past few years in addiction services I am an expert in this field. However, I am equally capable in other areas of mental well-being including stress, anxiety disorders, depression, bereavement, anger management, OCD, phobias, relationship issues and trauma. I have a particular interest in using mindfulness based cognitive behavioural therapy to aid wellbeing. Further, I am PVG registered and therefore vetted to work with children as well as adults.
What is CBT?
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. It is useful for the treatment of mental and physical health problems. CBT can help with relationship problems, anger management, social anxiety, anxiety and stress, health anxiety, depression, bereavement, substance abuse issues, obsessive compulsive disorders, phobias, eating disorders and post traumatic stress.
How does CBT work?
CBT is based on the concept that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected and that negative thoughts trap you in a vicious cycle. CBT aims to help you deal with overwhelming problems in a more positive way by breaking them down into smaller parts.
You're shown how to change these negative patterns to improve the way you feel.
Unlike some other talking treatments, CBT deals with your current problems, rather than focusing on issues from your past. It looks for practical ways to improve your state of mind on a daily basis.
How I can help
I offer a confidential non-judgemental environment in which to help the client work through their issues using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), an effective, long lasting treatment to help with emotional wellbeing. Given my extensive knowledge and experience I will guide you towards a more healthy attitude to life and help you focus on the present rather than mourning the past or fearing the future.
What can you expect from me as your counsellor?
I am a kind, compassionate and knowledgeable individual. I will help guide the client to become their own therapist by providing then with a set of skills to help the client move towards emotional wellbeing. I use a variety of tools include mindfulness based CBT and emotional focused therapy.
I am told I’m extremely friendly and easy to talk to, I really care about the people I see. If you come alone, I will do my best to make you feel comfortable. If its your child I am seeing, again I will ensure they feel comfortable and safe. With couples therapy and family therapy, I will make all of you feel valued and heard.
What can you expect during our first CBT session?
The first session is usually where we meet face to face. This is where I want to get to know what the problem is, and how it came about, I will conduct a brief risk assessment to check that you can keep yourself safe and if i am worried I can provide you with crisis numbers and a crisis plan if need be. (This is confidential). We would also try and establish a goal for therapy. This is to install some HOPE. As this is what will keep you motivated to keep trying.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a “collaborative” therapy. This means that it consists of you and your therapist both working towards your goal, that you set at the beginning of therapy. (Don’t worry if you don’t have a goal or even know what it is, that is something that I can help you with)
I am there and totally for you, focussing exclusively on what you bring to the therapy. I am there to be a mentor, guiding you and teaching you techniques and coping strategies to give you the skills to make the changes that you want for your life.
I will not have a judgemental view on how you should change. I will work with you so that together you can think about realistic new possibilities for more helpful ways of managing whatever difficulties you bring to therapy.
Homework, (I like to call it in-between session reading tasks) is a very important part of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and research has shown that the degree to which you are willing to do this, relates to the success of the therapy.
Sometimes CBT can seem like hard work, but it does get easier the more you do it and the more you put into it, its like riding a bike, learning a new skill, running, playing Xbox, cooking, in fact any skill that gets practiced a lot . Research shows that CBT is a very successful therapy for most people. If you are finding specific things difficult – discuss this with me so that I can give you helpful hints and tips for success, which you can keep in your portfolio and look back on, if ever things get tough again.
Learning the skills of CBT, will give you long term coping strategies that you can keep in your portfolio for ever and use for the rest of your life. And if you ever need to email, or have an extra session, or just a friendly reminder you can always contact me.
Day, evening and weekend appointments available.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Chartered Psychologist and registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) as well as being an accredited member of the BABCP.
I have a background working with EAP clients as well as clients with substance abuse issues. My private practice sees me dealing with a variety of both minor, moderate and complex issues. I have a wide range of knowledge and experience and coming from a psychological background (MSc in Psychology) I am able to integrate my knowledge and experience into my counselling to move the client forward.
I promote the highest quality of counselling and offer 1-1 counselling; group workshops and a bespoke Training service to companies helping them meet the challenges faced by their workforce in relation to mental wellbeing.
I offer Group workshops in which I use psychoeducation to promote resilience and emotional wellbeing. Offering a variety of workshops to allow individuals to take control of their own wellbeing. Two hour workshops offering insights and coping strategies for mental health disorders, Five week interactive courses including anxiety, depression, self, esteem, anger management etc.
I also offer - Bespoke Training to suit the needs of your organisation, for example stress management workshops, mindfulness based CBT workshops, helping with mental health concerns in the workplace.
Where am I located?
I am located in Coatbridge and work out of the Lanarkshire Counselling and CBT Centre in John Street, Coatbridge. The rooms are pleasant and comfortable. Tea and coffee as well as bottled water is available and indeed clients are encouraged to make use of the kitchen to prepare themselves tea or coffee should they arrive early for their appointments and have to wait a few minutes.
A car park is close by and we are accessible both through public transport and close to three train stations - Coatbridge Sunnyside (10 min walk); Coatbridge Central (10 minute walk) and Whifflet train station (about 15 mins walk).
British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.
BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.
British Psychological Society
British Psychological Society
Areas of counselling I deal with
£45 per 1-1 session
Groups £20 per person per hour
Bespoke training - contact me for details
I work online as well as face to face
I work with couples helping them to bring clarity to their relationships - £50 per session
Day, evening and weekend appointments are available