Citizen17 Therapy, CBT & Counselling Services

Citizen17 Therapy, CBT & Counselling Services

Citizen17 Room
Studio 1
3rd Floor
Hope Studios
205 Hope Street
G2 2UP

0141 280 7581

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Citizen17 Room
Studio 1
3rd Floor
Hope Studios
205 Hope Street
G2 2UP

0141 280 7581

About us


Thanks for dropping by! Hello, my name is Alexandra O'Brien and my private practice is called Citizen17 Therapy, CBT and Counselling Services. This practice is headed by me, an Integrative Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist. I also have some Associate Therapists who offer therapy, CBT, coaching and counselling appointments when I am not available to see clients or when my diary is full.

Please note: my website is offline at the moment, as it's having a makeover, so feel free to browse my information here and get in touch via this page. Thanks!

I also have another private practice specifically for eating disorders called Talking EDs. See my eating disorders and eating and food problems website here: There i even a free self-test there you can complete!

Therapy, CBT and Counselling Tailored to Suit You

Citizen17 Therapy, CBT and Counselling Services allows you to avoid long waiting lists and to access the help, support and listening ear you need now - not in 6 months time.

Therapists are encouraging, non-judgemental and aim to make you feel as comfortable as possible during therapy to ensure you get the best possible outcome from therapy. Therapy and counselling is private and confidential and you do not need to be referred by a GP or other professional.

Therapy and counselling involves active collaboration between you (client) and your therapist - working together to challenge and change unhelpful thoughts, feelings, behaviours and physical sensations that play a part in the problem(s) you're experiencing. The aim is to, over time, improve quality of life and help you address the concerns and problems you are facing.

Therapy and counselling takes a collaborative, yet focused and structured problem-solving approach in setting and working towards realistic therapeutic goals which you and your therapist evaluate on a session-by-session basis.

Therapy and counselling will be tailored to your individual needs and explore the past and present, if necessary. I am warm, empathic, understanding and work with you, collaboratively, to tailor therapy to you. Therapy and counselling can be long-term or short-term and depends on the individual client and your problems. We go at YOUR pace!

Our motto is 'your voice counts : recovery exists'. This is the focus and ethos of Citizen17 Therapy, CBT and Counselling Services and underlies everything we do. We believe change and recovery are possible. We also believe that everyone with personal, emotional or mental health difficulties or other issues and problems is entitled to have a voice and express that voice.

Information About Services and Support

Citizen17 Therapy, CBT and Counselling Services offers both personal and professional services for a range of difficulties and personal. emotional and mental health problems including: depression and low mood; anxiety; eating disorders; body image issues; stress; panic; trauma; OCD; emotional distress; relationships, personal development and lots more.

We All Need Someone to Talk To Sometimes...Don't We?

Sometimes we all need someone to talk to - about the big and the smaller things in life. Perhaps you need a listening ear and someone to talk to about life's struggles and stresses. Or perhaps you experience low mood, depression, anxiety, problems with food/eating, OCD, body dysmorphic disorder, self-harm etc. and other mental health issues. Or perhaps you need some support with increasing confidence, self-esteem, relationship issues, assertiveness, stress and more.

Whatever the case may be, as a qualified Integrative Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, Counsellors and Stress Management Therapist, I can offer support and a listening ear. Myself and my Associate Therapists can provide CBT Therapy, Integrative Psychotherapy, Counselling, Coaching, Stress Management Therapy and Guided Self-Help Sessions.

I can also provide consultations, assessments, research services, therapy/consulting room hire, as well as access to support groups, training, workshops and professional networking groups.

If you feel that things are getting on top of you or that you are struggling to cope, then perhaps it's time to reach out for some help and support.

Information About Appointments

Sessions are confidential and I abide by the ethical guidelines of COSCA, BABCP and BPS. I carry professional indemnity insurance, hold a PVG/Disclosure Scotland Certificate, ICO Data Protection Certificate and engage in frequent CPD and clinical supervision. I have completed undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Psychology, specialised clinical training in CBT psychotherapy and in stress management therapy. I regularly engage in other training to ensure we provide the most relevant and up-to-date therapy and counselling we can.

Appointments are available to over 16s and take place in Glasgow city centre. Appointments last 50 minutes and are private and confidential. Sessions are tailored to each individual client and we work at your pace and in accordance with your particular goals and needs.

More Information

Please see the website here  for more information on the various services offered, more information about me/us, how to book an appointment as well as some Frequently Asked Questions.


While I have experience of working with many groups, individuals and problems, including depression, low mood, anxiety, panic, stress, identity, body image,assertiveness, confidence, relationships, self-esteem, carer support and much, I have a specialist interest in eating disorders.

I specialise in eating disorders, having previously been director and chair of trustees of a leading eating disorders charity. I have been involved in the field of eating disorders since 2001 and have provided services in the field of eating disorders since 2010. I have a separate specific website for eating disorders and difficulties with food and eating:  Feel free to get in touch via any of my websites.

Are You a Therapist/Counsellor? Join The CBT'ers Club

I founded The CBT'ers Club in winter 2013. It is a networking, discussion, support, supervision, CPD and social group based in Glasgow. It is a Membership Club and welcomes qualified and trainee psychotherapists, counsellors, psychologists, coaches and other mental health practitioners and anyone else with an interest in CBT or using CBT in their clinical practice with clients. Members are from all over Scotland and you are welcome to join us!

Being a therapist or practitioner - especially in private/independent practice - can often be a lonely and isolating experience, can't it? It doesn't have to be like that. Join us today! We accept Memberships in February and July of each year. See the website for details:

Coming soon! Interested in Compassion Focused Therapy? Then you might be interested in joining the Compassion Focused Therapy Interest Group (Scotland) soon. A colleague and I are developing this project and hosting the first event in August 2018 (fully booked in only 2 hours!). More information soon!

Referrals and EAP

I also accept referrals from other organisations/third parties.

Make the Change Today!

''Make the change today: there is no time like the present and there is never a 'right' time to make those changes, so make today the day and start working towards making life a little bit better!'

Training, qualifications & experience

My Approach/Modality/Experience

I am a qualified Integrative Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapists and Psychology Practitioner with specialised clinical training in CBT.

I have experience of working with many issues and concerns including: depression; low mood; anxiety; panic; body image; stress; self-esteem; eating disorders; relationships; identity; carer support; assertiveness; confidence; goal-setting; emotional distress and much more.

I has experience of working with groups and individuals in therapy and counselling. I have experience of delivering therapeutic, support and psych-educational groups. I am also a group facilitator, trainer and tutor.


I (Alexandra) specialise in eating disorders and have been involved in the field of eating disorders since 2001, initially in research psychology, then as Director of a leading Scottish eating disorders charity, then as psychotherapist, trainer and mental health practitioner.


These include:

  • BA (Hons) Psychology/English (BPS-validated)
  • MRes/Master of Research in Psychology (completed)
  • Certificate in Clinical Hypnotherapy (BSCH-validated)
  • Diploma in Stress Management (ISMA-validated)
  • COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills (COSCA-validated)
  • Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (COSCA-validated)
  • PDA Diploma in Training and Development (COSCA-accredited)
  • Certificate in Counselling Supervision (COSCA-accredited)

Other training/qualifications include:

  • Complete Volunteer Manager Training
  • Group Facilitator Training: Eating Disorders
  • Certificate in Managing Self-Harm Behaviours (BPS-validated)
  • ASIST: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
  • Living Life to the Full Practitioner Training
  • Running Mindfulness Groups Training
  • Certificate in Eating Disorder Recovery
  • Certificate in Schema Therapy for Eating Disorders

I (Alexandra) and any sessional Associate Therapists who work with Citizen17 Therapy and Counselling Services all engage in regular CPD training every year to ensure our knowledge, skills and clinical practice are continually updated and to a high standard to ensure we do the best for our clients at all times.

Member organisations *


Accredited register membership

* We have verified that at least one professional at this organisation is registered with the relevant professional body.

Other areas of counselling we deal with

Identity, Body Image, Existentialist Issues, Regulating Emotions, Feelings and emotions that are difficult to deal with.

Photos & videos

  • Citizen17 Logo
  • Citizen17
  • Therapy/Consulting Room
  • Therapy/Consulting Room
  • Therapy/Consulting Room
  • Therapy/Consulting Room
  • Therapy/Consulting Room
  • Therapy/Consulting Room
  • Talking EDs
  • The CBT'ers Club


  • Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (CBT) - £45.00/session
  • Integrative Therapy - £45.00/session
  • General Counselling - £45.00/session
  • Coaching - £45.00/session
  • Stress Management Therapy - £45.00/session
  • Guided Self-Help Sessions (with a therapist) - £35.00/session
  • Online Therapy and Support £35.00/session (COMING SOON)
  • Other Services (including Support Groups, Consultations, Classes, Group Therapy etc. can be found on the website. See Price List for fees)

All sessions last 50 minutes. Double sessions are available. Please note that evening appointments (after 5pm) and weekend appointments (classed as out-of-hours) have an additional £10 added to the fees above.

Professional Services

These include:

  • Therapy/Consulting Room Hire (in Glasgow city centre)
  • EAP Services and Referrals
  • Consultations and Assessments
  • Membership of The CBT'ers Club
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Training and Workshops
  • Other

Please get in touch or see the website for details

Further information


Our partner organisations are: The CBT'ers Club ( and Talking EDs (Glasgow and West Eating Disorders Service ) We hold Memberships with COSCA, BABCP, British Psychological Society, SEDIG, The CBT'ers Club and the Compassion Focused Therapy Interest Group (Scotland).


We receive lots of enquiries from people asking if their problems, difficulties, thoughts and feelings warrant them accessing services or receiving help and support.

One of the best things about us is that we never discriminate on whether someone has e.g. ‘full-blown’ depression, anxiety, PTSD etc. has been formally 'diagnosed'; or meets certain ‘criteria’.

We welcome anyone who feels their problems or difficulties are affecting their life. As far as we are concerned, if your problems and difficulties are affecting your life in some way – socially, emotionally, psychologically, physically, occupationally etc., then you deserve help and support with such.

Frequently Asked Questions

There is a dedicated section on the website for FAQs, including what to expect during appointments, confidentiality, cancellations, payment, how to book a appointment and lots more. Please have a look at the FAQ section for any questions you may have or feel free to get in touch.

''Make the change today: there is no time like the present and there is never a 'right' time to make those changes. So make today the day and start working towards making life a little bit better!''. (Alexandra O'Brien, Citizen17 Therapy and Counselling Services Director and Psychotherapist).

Maps & Directions

Glasgow, G2 2UP

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: No

The office does not offer disabled/limited mobility access - it's on the 3rd floor with no lift.


Various times/days.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
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