Glasgow Anxiety and Depression Counselling Service
Thanks for dropping by and welcome to Glasgow Anxiety and Depression Counselling Services (GADS)! Hello, my name is Alexandra O'Brien and the practice isheaded by me, an accredited Intetgrative Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and Counsellor, Clinical Supervisor, Accredited Trainer and Psychology Practitioner.
I also have some Affiliate Therapists and Counsellors who also provide therapy and counselling. The team consists of Alexandra, Amanda, Alana, Sue and Stephen. We are all fully qualified and experienced therapists and Alexandra and Alana are accredited too (COSCA and/or BABCP).So you have a few therapists to choose from.
COVID-19 IS CHANGING HOW WE WORK
Are you looking to access online therapy and counselling from the comfort of your home? The COVID-19 situation around the world and closer to home, in Scotland, means that it's a worrying and anxiety-provoking time for all. Restrictions mean that face-to-face appointments are almost impossible. Yet, that doesn't mean your mental heath or emotional wellbeing has to suffer.
We've moved appointments online and can offer you online therapy, CBT, counselling and guided self-help for a range of concerns, problems, difficulties and mental health conditions. We can provide online audio-video sessions via Zoom, which is an easy to use, GDPR compliant platform. We can also provide Email Therapy and counselling.
Join us for some therapy and counselling, with a coffee, in the comfort of your own home or office. For more information about how this works, please get in touch. We will resume face-to-face appointments once the COVID-19 situation has settled and if you start online therapy with us, you can continue with this after the current situation has settled or you can switch to face-to-face appointments. The choice is yours.
What is 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
- Health 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
- Perinatal/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 can, of course support you with a range of other problems, issues and concerns too.
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 qualified Integrative Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapists, Person-Centred Counsellors, Stress Management Therapists and Solution-Focused Therapist, we can offer support you and provide a listening ear, particularly during the current COVID-19 crisis, which is proving distressful and anxiety-provoking for all.
We can provide:
* Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
* Integrative Psychotherapy/Integrative Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
* Person-Centred and General Counselling
* Stress Management Therapy and Coaching
* Solution-Focused Therapy
* Humanistic/Exixtential Approaches
* Guided Self-Help Sessions (CBT approach)
* Email Therapy and Therapy via Zoom
We can also provide consultations, assessments, clinical supervision, 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 and NCH . Each practitoner carries their own professional indemnity insurance, holds a PVG/Disclosure Scotland Certificate, ICO Data Protection Certificate and engages in frequent CPD and clinical supervision. Our practitioners have also completed degrees in various other professional areas including psychology; mental health nursing; research;dietetics and further training in mindfulness; training and eduction; hypnotherapy and more.
The team regularly engage in other training to ensure we provide the most relevant and up-to-date therapy and counselling we can.
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.
Appointment are available for children, young people, adults and older adults.
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. Please note that we have agreed fees with Cigna that are different to the fees below. If insurance (other than Cigna) is covering your fees, please add £20 to each session to cover admin and report costs required of insurance companies.
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 (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.
Our other therapists and counsellors are accredited and/or fully qualified and experienced CBT Therapists, Integrative Cognitive Behavioural Paychotherapists, Person-Centred Counsellors, Stress Management Therapists, Clinical Hypnotherapists and Solution-Focused Therapists. One of our team is also an accredited Trainer, Clincal Supervisor and Psychology Practitioner. Two members of our team are qualified mental health nurses and one is a state-registered dietician (get in touch if you require dietetic services). So as you can see, as well as beig therapists and counsellors, we bring a wealth of information and experience from our other professions too.
The team also have experience of working with many issues and concerns including: depression; low mood; anxiety; panic; body image; stress; self-esteem; trauma, eating disorders; relationships; identity; carer support; assertiveness; confidence; goal-setting; emotional distress and much more.
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.
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/Loie 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.
One of our therapists is also trained and qualified in Clinical Hypnotherapy and can offer that.
One of our therapists can also offer Couples Counselling.
* Alexandra (accredited and Lead Psychotherapist)
- Daytime appointments (Monday - Friday, before 5pm): £50/session
- Evening (after 5pm) and Weekend (Saturdays): £60/session
* Alana (accredited Psychotherapist)
- Evening (after 5pm): £65/session
* Stephen and Amanda (fully qualified and experienced therapists):
- Daytime appointments (Monday - Friday, before 5pm):£45/session
- Evening (after 5pm) and Weekend (Saturdays): £55/session
* Sue (newly qualified therapist of 1 year)
- Daytime appointments (Monday - Friday, before 5pm):£40/session
- Evening (after 5pm) and Weekend (Saturdays): £45/session
* All Email Therapy and Counselling (all therapists/all times)
- £35 per email response
Clinical Supervision with Alexandra
- I am offering a reduced rate for all new supervisees for their first year of working with me. This is £40/session for your first year and £50/session after your first year. All sessions are 50 minutes.
Appointments Covered by Insurance
Please add £20 to each of the costs above as there is often paperwork that must be completed and submitted to the insurance company which requires extra work for the therapist/counsellor. 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. Please note that evening appointments (after 5pm) and weekend appointments (classed as out-of-hours) have an additional £10 added to the fees above.
- Therapy/Consulting Room Hire (in Glasgow city centre)EAP Services and Referrals
- Consultations and Assessments
- Membership of The CBT'ers Club and Glasgow and West Eating Disorders Networking Group
- Clinical Supervision
- Training and Workshops
Please get in touch if you need any more information, have any questions or would like to book an appointment.
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.
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.