Caroline Kirkwood, BA (Hons), Dip CBT
My name is Caroline and I am a cognitive behaviour therapist working both from my home in Cumbernauld and my private practice in Alloa. I have a background in social care and have worked in a variety of settings with a range of people of all ages throughout my working life.
At times our lives present us with challenges that can seem overwhelming. Cognitive behavioural therapy, or CBT, is a talking therapy which involves understanding how our thoughts and feelings can often keep us stuck in patterns of negative behaviour. Working together, we will find ways to help you become "unstuck", allowing you to move forward and make real and effective change. I offer a safe space in which you can explore issues of concern in an empathetic, non-judgemental and confidential environment.
CBT can help with physical concerns as well as emotional issues such as low self-esteem, anxiety, depression and phobias.
I work within the ethical framework for good practice in counselling as outlined by COSCA and BABCP.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
- COSCA certificate in Counselling Skills
- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
- Mental Health First Aid
- Living Life to the Full
- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists
COSCA is the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland, and seeks to advance all forms of counselling and psychotherapy and the use of counselling skills by promoting best practice and through the delivery of a range of sustainable services. COSCA Counsellor Accreditation is a pathway to entry onto the UKRC.
It is a requirement of all individual and organisational members of COSCA to abide by its Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice and be accountable to the Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I have extensive experience working with individuals and groups, dealing with a range of issues in a variety of settings over many years. I continue to undertake further training on a regular basis in order to ensure my continued professional development.