Dr Joe Armstrong
I am a fully qualified and Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT), EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner, Counsellor and Mental Health Professional with more than 25 years experience of helping individuals to overcome and cope better with a range of emotional, psychological, and life problems. I can help with:
- Anxiety, Worry and Panic Attacks
- Intrusive Thoughts and Compulsive Behaviours
- Low mood | Lack of Confidence | Low Self-Esteem
- Relationship Issues
- Stress and Post Traumatic Stress Reactions
- Work-Related Issues
- Body Image Concerns
My background as a therapist and mental health nurse within the NHS, Voluntary and Private healthcare settings means that I have a detailed understanding a wide range of mental health problems and experience of working with more complex difficulties.
I work in a flexible and collaborative way and ensure that my approach is tailored specifically to each individuals needs. Many people find Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) very helpful because it enables them to become aware of and change unhelpful thinking and behavior patterns that are often associated with distressing emotions, problematic experiences and situations. CBT is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as the therapy of choice for a wide range of psychological problems including depression and anxiety. It appeals to many people because it provides them with a wealth of practical strategies to help get their life back on track.
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful and evidence-based therapy that has been used successfully to help people overcome psychological difficulties originating from some kind of traumatic experience. It is also successful in treating performance anxiety, self-esteem issues, phobias, and other trauma related anxiety disorders.
For other people, a Counselling approach that provides time to reflect on their life and relationships, the possibilities for change, and clarify how best to move forward is more useful.
I understand that finding the right therapist can be a confusing and daunting process, so I hope that the information provided here (and on my website - see above) will help you to decide if the services I offer are right for you. My aim is to provide a high quality, professional and transparent service that focuses on your individual needs and concerns to ensure you get the most from your therapy experience. Why not get in touch to arrange a no-obligation brief telephone consultation or to make an appointment for a one-off consultation to talk through your concerns and find out how I might be able to help
I offer appointments in Broughty Ferry, Dundee and also in Perth, and Dollar Clackmannanshire. Skype sessions are also available.
Please visit my personal website at www.cbtcounsellingscotland.co.uk for more information.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training, Qualifications & Experience
- PhD in Counselling - University of Abertay Dundee
- MSc in Counselling Studies - University of Abertay Dundee
- Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (Dist.) - University of Dundee
- RMN (Registered Mental Health Nurse) - East Surrey School of Nursing & Midwifery
- EMDR - Accredited Training, EMDR Extra
- Certificate in Solution Focused Therapy - NIK Institute, Bremen, Germany
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy - Mindfulness Training Ltd (approved by the British Psychological Society)
My original training was in mental health nursing, and I have continued to maintain my professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which is the professional body for nursing in Britain. During my 10 year nursing career in the NHS I had the opportunity to work in both hospital and community-based mental health settings with people who were experiencing acute as well as severe and enduring mental health problems, and also people who had problems related to drug and alcohol use.
As well as my experience in the NHS, I have worked as a psychotherapist in a private hospital specialising in eating disorders, and for some 10 years I worked in the Voluntary Sector in Scotland where I developed and managed a counselling service for people with mental health problems. I have also had more than 10 years experience as a university lecturer teaching on postgraduate Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Counselling courses.
My professional and clinical experience have instilled in me a strong commitment to building a good working relationship with my clients, accurately assessing their problems, clarifying their goals and expectations, and working in a flexible and collaborative way to ensure each client gets the most benefit from their therapy.
British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.
BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a 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 I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also provide Personal/Life Coaching.
Life coaching can help in many different aspects of life. I specialise in working with people who want to make positive changes in the following areas of their lives:
- Achieving a better balance between their work and personal life
- Stress reduction and management
- Enhancing personal effectiveness by learning new skills in relation to:
- Overcoming procrastination
- Improving interpersonal communication and relationships
- Overcoming performance anxiety associated with giving work-related presentations, public speaking and stage fright (e.g. for actors, musicians).
I offer a Free 15-minute Telephone Call to discuss your concerns and clarify how I might be able to help before booking an appointment.
Alternatively, you may wish to book a no-obligation Initial Assessment Consultation for a detailed assessment of your problems/needs and receive an outline plan of how therapy could help you overcome your problems. At the end of the assessment consultation, you will have an opportunity to discuss the type(s) of therapy that may best suit your needs, and be given an estimate to the number of sessions needed so that you will be clear about the investment you are making in your health and well-being in terms of the overall cost of your therapy, and also in relation to the time and effort required to get your life back on track.
The no-obligation assessment consultation may help you decide if you would like to engage in therapy at this stage and whether or not I am the right therapist for you.
Initial (no-obligation) Consultation - £85
CBT and Counselling for Individuals - £85 for each one hour session
EMDR - £85 for each one hour to one hour and 15 minute session
Couples Counselling - At present I don't provide couples counselling.
My fees reflect my qualifications and extensive clinical experience as a therapist, mental health professional and the value of the service I offer to my clients. If you choose to have your therapy with me, you can be assured of a high quality service and that my training and experience means that I am equipped with the skills and knowledge to help you to overcome your problems as quickly as possible.
Fees are payable by cash or cheque on a session-by-session basis at the end of each session.
At present, all appointments are online via Skype, Zoom or telephone.
I am an Accredited member of the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) and a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their codes of ethics and good practice guidelines. I am also a member of the EMDR Association UK and Ireland.
"I have spent most of my life thinking I didn't quite fit in, and this really affected my social life, personal life, and more recently, my working life. I always felt that people were judging me negatively, and after the first session with Joe, I realised that I actually had a recognisable phobia which stemmed from when I was young. After only one or two sessions with Joe I managed to start overcoming some of my issues, and after 7 or 8 sessions I am now comfortable dealing with situations I couldn't handle before. I cannot thank Joe enough, for his unjudgemental manner, and his expertise in recognising my issues from day one, issues I hadn't recognised in myself before. His help and support has been invaluable in getting my life back." HGV Driver
“I cannot thank you enough for your help. I am more in control of my thoughts when faced with situations I would have previously found unmanageable. I have gained techniques and learned things about myself that I will never forget and will be able to use for the rest of my life.” Teacher
“I had always just thought what I thought and felt what I felt, but this had got me into trouble. Joe helped me to see that there might be other ways of understanding things. By putting what I have learned into practice I am developing a more positive, helpful and realistic outlook, and learning to be happier.” Sales Consultant