Glasgow Anxiety and Depression Counselling Service
Hello! How are you? I am guessing that I might already know the answer to that though and you have found yourself here because, actually you’re not feeling all that good at the moment. Is that right?
We all don’t feel so good sometimes and that's ok; however, sometimes, we can feel anxious, down, hurt, in pain, numb and a whole load of other things for quite a lot time and that’s not ok. Why? Because the longer things go on, the worse we feel and it affects our behaviour, relationships, how we feel about ourselves, our views, work and lots of other things in life.
I often see how things start out small: they bother us in a small way to start with, but the problem ends up snowballing, growing arms and legs everywhere and we end up feeling life is going around in circles, getting nowhere and not knowing how to change it. Many people we work with in therapy and counselling describe how this causes them to end up feeling stuck and unable to move: a bit like being trapped in a spider’s web, wanting out but stuck and not knowing how to move any direction, yet alone move forward. It’s at that point they get in touch with us here at GADS for some support and guidance.
Does that sounds familiar? Even if it’s not exactly like how things are for you just now, you’re here, reading this page and so it seems that something is bothering you, hurting you, upsetting you or affecting you in some way. We are really interested to find out what that is and discuss, with you, how we might be able to support you with that and improve life for you. How can we help you un-stick, move on or find a way out of the trap or difficult situation you find yourself in?
I don’t know the answer to that question right now (myself or my colleagues need to chat with you first as we tailor therapy to each individual client - we're all different after all). However, here’s some ways we can help. We can help and support you in many other ways too.
How can we help you?
* Do you want to reduce and manage stress, anxiety, panic, tension or pressure?
* Maybe you experience low mood, depression or mood changes that affects your ability to do things each day or that might affect your quality of life
* Perhaps you find yourself worrying about certain situations, such as being in groups or crowds, or think the worst or imagine that things won't work out?
* Perhaps you find it difficult to make decisions, put things off, go over and over things in your mind or find it hard to motivate yourself or get going?
* Maybe your health, or the health of others, worries or concerns you and you can't stop thinking about it
* Perhaps you have developed certain habits or behaviours that help you to cope or feel safe at the time but that you know are causing problems in the long term
* Perhaps you don’t like how you look or experience your body and you have found yourself changing how your eat, exercise or relate to other people? Maybe you avoid mirrors or check them a lot. Perhaps you feel down when you look in the mirror or get dressed in the morning
* It might be that how you're feeling or what you're thinking is affecting your relationships
* Maybe work (or lack of) is bothering you and you need some support in this area
* Perhaps your relationship with food has changed and you find yourself restricting food, eating only certain food, or overeating and bingeing, often feeling out-of-control
* Maybe you have some bigger questions in life and have found yourself wondering who you are, your meaning or purpose in life or questioning your identity or sexuality
* Perhaps you have experienced some form of trauma or have experience of PTSD and need to talk to someone about this
Whatever the case might be (and it might be one not listed above), we are here to listen, support and help you improve life, a step at a time. There's no hurry, no pressure, no expectations and no talking about things you're not ready to talk about.
Our therapists and counsellors are patient, understanding, supportive, warm and go at your pace. You are in the driving seat in therapy.
And, as you are in the driving seat, here’s something else I, and my colleagues want to say before you leave our page.
Here at GADS Headquarters in Glasgow, we often talk about how WE (the therapists) can help YOU.
Yes, we can help you..... in lots of ways. However, we can't help you, until YOU take the first step and decide to improve your life or address the problem or concern that's making your life difficult. We can't reach out into the screen and drag you to therapy or counselling or bring all our support to you. You have to meet us in the middle somewhere, and that starts with you, getting in touch with us, to find out how we can help and support you.
Then, you can start working, in partnership with your therapist or counsellor, to improve life.
If you take the first step, and get in touch, we will take a step towards you too and walk alongside you on your therapy or counselling path.
I ask the question I started with….how are you? If the answer is ‘I’m not doing so well at the moment’, we encourage you take that first step and get in touch with us. What are you waiting for? Go on, it's time. We're waiting for you and ready to listen. Take that step...take it today!
Glasgow Anxiety and Depression Counselling Service (GADS)
Training, qualifications & experience
I am (Alexandra) an accredited and qualified Integrative Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, Clinical Supervisor, Accredited Trainer and Psychology Practitioner with undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Psychology, English and postgraduate training in research psychology, cognitive behavioural psychotherapy, training and development and stress management. I'm also the Lead Psychotherapist and Clinical Director here are GADS.
I also have a wonderful team of affiliate therapists and counsellors who work here too: Alana, Amanda, Sue, Shirley, Stephen, Fiona and Gayle.
All GADS therapists and counsellors are accredited and/or fully qualified and experienced therapists and counsellors. The team bring a wealth of information and experience to their work and are really friendly, encouraging and understanding. They are also approachable; tailor therapy to each individual client; go at your pace; provide short or long term therapy; and work with you in a flexible, collaborative way to support you to get to where you would like to get to. We have a great wee team and everyone works really hard to give you the best service possible.
The team have experience of working with groups and individuals in therapy and counselling. We have experience of delivering therapeutic, support and psych-educational groups and training too. Some of us are all clinical supervisors, trainers, psychology practitioners and lecturers.
We 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.
Our therapists and counsellors hold professional memberships with some of the following: COSCA, BABCP, BACP, British Psychological Society, NMC, ASFH, NHC and HCPC.
Member organisations *
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling we deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Body Image
- Existentialist Issues/Life Meaning/Purpose
- Regulating Emotions
- Feelings and emotions that are difficult to deal with
- Eating Disorders
- Exercise Addiction
Although we are not Art Therapists, some of our therapist do incorporate various creative therapies into sessions, should these be appropriate and welcomed by the client.
In addition to the psychotherapies noted above, we also offer:
* Clinical Hypnotherapy
* Rewind Trauma Therapy
* Single-Session Therapy
* Clinical Suopervision
* Couples Counselling and Relationship Therapy
* We can add Art Therapy to our services should there be a demand for it
* In-Person and Online Therapy and Counselling
£40-£65/session depending on therapist
* All Email Therapy and Counselling (all therapists/all times)
£35 per email response
* Couples Counselling
£75/session (weekday, before 5pm); £85/session (after 5pm and weekends)
* Rewind Trauma Therapy
£300 for 3 intensive sessions
* Single-Session Therapy
£50/session (50 minutes)
Appointments Covered by Insurance/EAP/Third Party Cmanies
Please get in touch for details as fees are often higher for insurance cover, EAPs etc, due to the increase in paperwork and other costs involved. If you are covered by Cigna, our fee structure is different as we have a set fee with them (please get in touch for details)
All sessions last 50 minutes. Double sessions are available.
- Therapy/Consulting Room Hire (in Glasgow city centre)
- EAP Services and Insurance/Third Party Company Referrals
- Consultations and Assessments
- Membership of The CBT'ers Club and Glasgow and West Eating Disorders Networking Group
- Clinical Supervision
- Service Development and Provision (within your company/business)
- Training and Workshops
Concessions offered for
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. ‘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.
If you need any further information or have any questions, no porblem at all. Feel free to get in touch and we will get back to you within 2 working days (although we generally reply within a few hours). We will ALWAYS REPLY to your email, so if you don't get a reply, please check your spam folder or sent us another email. We get back to ALL enquiries and emails.
Frequently Asked Questions
There is a dedicated section on the website (www.glasgowanxietydepression.co.uk) 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.