Glasgow Anxiety and Depression Counselling Service
Thanks for dropping by! Hello, my name is Alexandra O'Brien and one of private practices is called Glasgow Anxiety and Depression Counselling Service (GADS). This practice is headed by me, an Integrative Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist (accredited). I also have some Affiliate Therapists who offer therapy, CBT, coaching and counselling appointments too. So you have a few therapists to choose from.
Depression & Anxiety
Our World Data (2018) estimates that approximately 264 million people worldwide experience some form of anxiety that affects their life in a negative or distressful way. The World Health Organisation (2018) estimates that approximately 300 million people worldwide experience some form of depression that significantly impacts on their life. Both anxiety and depression are serious health issues and impact on us in many different ways. One person’s anxiety or depression might be different from another’s. We understand this, which is why therapy, CBT and counselling are tailored to you and your needs, concerns and difficulties.
Evidence suggests that the sooner you get help and support, the more likely it is you will get better and reduce anxiety or improve depression. So, when you begin reducing and managing anxiety or depression, you also begin taking care of your physical health, feelings, mental health, relationships, social life and many other aspects of your life. So, the sooner you seek help and support, the sooner you improve your quality of life.
ANXIETY: there are many forms of anxiety including:
- Everyday Stress
- Everyday Anxiety
- Generalised Anxiety
- Social Anxiety/Social Phobia
- Panic Disorder/Panic Attacks
- Specific Phobias/Phobias
- Selective Mutism
- Existential Anxiety/Angst
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Pure O
- Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Please contact us to find out if we have a therapist who can help with the form of anxiety you are experiencing.
DEPRESSION: there are many forms of depression including:
- Major Depression
- Bipolar Disorder
- Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Persistent Depressive Disorder
- Situational Depression
- Postpartum/Postnatal Depression
- Psychotic Depression
- Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
- Existential Depression
- Cyclothymic Depression
Please contact us to find out if we have a therapist who can help with the form of depression you are experiencing.
Therapy, CBT and Counselling Tailored to Suit You
Glasgow Anxiety and Depression Counselling Service (GADS)allows you to avoid long waiting lists and to access the help, support and listening ear you need now - not in 6 months time.
My Affiliate Therapists and I 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 (me) - 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'. This is the focus and ethos of GADS and underlies everything me and my therapists we do. We believe that change and recovery are possible. I 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
GADS offers both personal and professional services for a range of difficulties and personal, emotional and mental health problems associated with anxiety and depression.
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, or problems alongside anxiety and depression, including food/eating, body dysmorphic disorder, self-harm, stress 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 an accredited and qualified Integrative Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, Counsellors and Stress Management Therapist, my Affiliate Therapists and 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.
We 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 we abide by the ethical guidelines of COSCA, BABCP, BPS, BACP, NMC, ASFH, NHC. All therapists carry professional indemnity insurance, hold PVG/Disclosure Scotland Certificates, ICO Data Protection Certificates and engage in frequent CPD and clinical supervision. Our Director, Alexandra, has completed undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Psychology, specialised clinical training in CBT psychotherapy and in stress management therapy and regularly engages with other training to ensure we provide the most relevant and up-to-date therapy and counselling we can.
Appointments are currently available to over 16s (child and adolescent services coming soon) 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.
Please see the website 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.
Referrals and EAP
We 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!' (Alexandra O'Brien)
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified and accredited Integrative Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and Psychology Practitioner with specialised clinical training in CBT. I have a small team of Affiliate Therapists are all suitably qualified, experienced and insured therapists and counsellors.
My team and I also 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.
My team and I have experience of working with groups and individuals in therapy and counselling. She has experience of delivering therapeutic, support and psych-educational groups and is also a group facilitator, trainer and tutor. Some of our Affiliate Therapists also have group work experience and have delivered groups and training too.
- 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 (this is not an exhaustive list):
- 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
Our Director, Alexandra and any sessional Affiliate Therapists 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 Director holds memberships with COSCA, BABCP, British Psychological Society, Glasgow and West Eating Disorders Networking Group, SEDIG and The CBT'ers Club. All Affiliate Therapists will hold professional membership with at least one professional body and include: COSCA, BACP. BABCP, BPS, NMC, ASFH and NHC.
Member organisations *
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling we deal with
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
Photos & videos
- 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).
Evening/weekend appointments: when these are available, please add £10 to the above fees, as evening and weekend appointments are classed as 'out-of-hours'.
All sessions last 50 minutes. Double sessions are available. Appointments can be weekly, twice-weekly, fortnightly or monthly. We have morning, afternoon and evening therapists and counsellors available.
We can also provide the following:
- Therapy/Consulting Room Hire (in Glasgow city centre)
- EAP Services and Referrals
- Consultations and Assessments
- Membership of The CBT'ers Club
- Clinical Supervision (see the Supervisor Profile)
- Training and Workshops
Please get in touch for more information or see the website for details.
Are You a Therapist/Counsellor? Clinical Supervision, Therapy/Consulting Room Hire and Membership of The CBT'ers Club
Clinical Supervision: we can currently provided discounted clinical supervision with a qualified clinical supervisor (modality: CBT/integrative) in Glasgow city centre (currently discounted to £40/session).
Therapy/Consulting Room Hire: we can currently provide therapy/consulting room hire in Glasgow city centre. £10/hour. Many benefits available. Discounts for those renting the room 10+ hours per week.
Membership of The CBT'ers Club: our Director 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 August of each year. See the website for details: www.cbtersclub.co.uk PLEASE NOTE: The CBT'ers Club is currently having a break due to some changes and will not be accepting membership until later in 2019.
We receive lots of enquiries from people asking if they have anxiety or depression or if their anxiety and depression behaviours, thoughts, feelings and experiences warrant them accessing services or receiving help and support.
One of the best things about GADS is that we never ever discriminate on whether someone has ‘full-blown’ anxiety or depression; has been formally diagnosed; or meets certain ‘criteria’. We don’t ‘do’ labels: we are understand everyone is different and we are interested in how life is for you and how we can help and support you, as a unique individual.
We welcome anyone who feels that anxiety and depression is affecting their life. As far as we are concerned, if anxiety and depression is affecting your life in some way – socially, emotionally, psychologically, physically, occupationally etc., then you deserve help and support with such difficulties.
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).
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Morning, Afternoon, Evening
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
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