Karen Cleland Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CMCOSCA)

Karen Cleland Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CMCOSCA)

18 Haddow Street

07934 325022

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About me

Are you struggling with life and want to make a change but you feel anxiety and panic at the thought of it? Are you feeling stuck with habits and routines that hold you back from what you want such as phobias and ocd? Do you struggle with feelings of depression and how it impacts on your relationships? Would you like to learn life long tools that will help YOU make changes to YOUR life? Then maybe Cognititve Behavioural Therapy (or CBT as its commonly known) can get you closer to where you want to be, by helping you to make sense of what is happening to you!

My name is Karen Cleland and I am a qualified CBT therapist providing cognitive behavioural therapy in Hamilton. I am a counsellor member of COSCA and a provisionally accredited  member of the BABCP. I have been practising cognitive behavioural therapy as a counsellor since 2012.I work with individuals for an agreed time period, with the aim of enabling you to enhance your life and to live it more fully.I am committed to providing Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment. We will work together collaboratively to develop a plan for your therapy, which will help you to understand patterns in thoughts and behaviour, and how these may keep problems going. We will identify specific goals to work towards which can be modified as you continue your personal growth through therapy.


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a relatively short term, focussed psychotherapy that is an integration of two strands of psychology, Cognitive Therapy and Behavioural Therapy. CBT is a time limited and problem orientated therapy that is continually assessed throughout treatment and modified to suits your changing requirements. During the first CBT session I will ask you to fill out any relevant self-report forms that will assess your range of symptoms and problems and their severity. This is to gather as much information as possible so we can learn what problems you do (or don't) have and to what extent they impact your life.

We will work together collaboratively to develop a plan for your therapy, which will help you to understand patterns in thoughts and behaviour, and how these may keep problems going. We will identify specific goals to work towards which can be modified as you continue your personal growth through therapy. CBT is a structured therapy and a flexible agenda will be set at the start of each session to ensure that the session time is used as efficiently as possible. Anything not covered within the allocated time can be picked up again at the next session if required.

The agenda may include a review of the previous session, any self-help homework, one or two current problems, a review of what you have accomplished during the session and some self-help homework for the next session. The goal of CBT is to solve problems by understanding them and making ACTIVE changes towards them. You are viewed as the EXPERT in our therapeautic relationship because no one else knows better whats going on in your life than you do! So I can teach you (to be your own therapist) by identifying, evaluating and changing dysfunctional thinking patterns so that a therapeutic change in behaviour and mood can occur. Because you will be learning self-help techniques you have the opportunity to maintain any improvements made even after therapy has been completed.

Due to the interactive role within CBT as a client you would be expected to have an active role within the therapy session and to complete self-help homework in between sessions reinforcing what has been explored during the session. (If you were attending a gym and going to a personal trainer you would expect the trainer to provide you with guidance on what to do in between gym sessions, CBT works in a similar way.)What you learn in CBT therapy sessions is what you practise outwith the sessions on your own, so in a way you are investing in your future wellbeing! CBT is focussed in the present but respects the lessons learned in the past and how these early  experiences can affect us today. So at times it may be useful to explore the source of your problems and learn how to change the way you think about them today.

I offer a FREE 20 minute phone consultation to assess suitability for CBT at a time and date that suits you.This also gives you an opportunity to ask me any questions you have about CBT.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • SCOTACS Diploma in Counselling and Group work- A Cognitive Behavioural Approach (2010-2012 SQA level 10) at the Centre of Therapy in Glasgow
  • ASIST training (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) 2011
  • COSCA counselling skills certificate (2008 SQA level 7)
  • Online course 'Certificate in Awareness of Mental Health Problems' through the university of the west of Scotland (2016 NCFE Level 2)
  • PDA- Training and Development for delivery to groups (SCQF level 7 Jan 2019)

I also attend regular CPD (continual professional development) events to ensure my skills are current and up to date. List of CPD events attended:

  • Introduction to Schema Therapy                                                 July 2012   (12 hours)
  • Working with Imagery in CBT                                                       Jan 2013     (6 hours)
  • Life is now Techniques for CBT practitioners                           October 2013 (6 hours)
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Introduction to EMDR   April 2014 (6 hours)
  • Working with the Impact of severe Trauma                               April 2014   (6 hours)
  • CBT for PTSD: Type 1 Trauma and Beyond                               June 2014   (6 hours)
  • COSCA Boundaries and ethics in a changing world                 March 2015 (3 hours)
  • BABCP The impact of vicarious trauma                                     April 2015 (6 hours)
  • Working with Borderline Personality Disorder                           June 2015 (5 hours)
  • BABCP Accreditation workshop                                              August 2015 (5 hours)
  • 'Understanding Suicide' a presentation by Glasgow university Psychological Society Feburary 2016 (3hours)
  • Research training day (6 hours)                                                   May 2016
  • Working with complex trauma                                                       Dec 2016
  • Working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse (6 hours)           May 2017
  • Working with GAD and panic (6 hours) Nov 2017
  • Professional training in the diagnosis and treatment of PTSD May 2018 (12 hours)
  • Treating intrusive thoughts and the inner critical voice May 2018 (4 hours)
  • COSCA annual trainers event June 2018 (6 hours)
  • Break the silence Annual conference June 2018 (6 hours)
  • International Association for Rewind Trauma Therapy training (6 hours) Sept 2018
  • Rage and Shame CPD presentation January 2019 (1 hour)
  • Dissociation: A Healthy response to trauma presentation Feb 2019 (1 hour)
  • Anger: How do we deal with it in (and out of) the counselling room presentation Feb 2019 (1 hour)
  • Break the silence Annual Conference March 2019 (6 hours)
  • COSCA Annual Trainers event  June 2019 ( 6 hours)
  • Why you need to know about dissociation if you are working with Trauma and PTSD  June 2019 ( 2 hours)
  • BABCP  CBASP: Innovative treatment for persistent Depression  June 2019 (6.5 hours)
  • COSCA Trainer Accreditation workshop  June 2019 (2.5 hours)

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Traumatic Loss

I have been trained by Dr Muss and regularly use The Rewind Technique which is used to treat Trauma. I am on the list of Rewind practitioners in Scotland which can be found at www.iartt.com/find a practitioner.


My service

I work with adults over 18 on a one to one basis providing 55 minute CBT sessions. These generally start off as weekly sessions but will be arranged to suit your own needs.My office address in Hamilton is my permanent base and bookings are available during my working hours. My registered business address is supplied in the 'further information'section.

My prices

CBT session    £50 per session.

(If you are a student, retired or unemployed I offer a reduced rate of £45.00 per session. You will be asked to provide supporting documentation at your first appointment to qualify for this discount.)

Further information

  • I attend monthly supervision with my BABCP accredited supervisor to ensure my practise is ethical and to the highest standard.
  • I follow the ethical guidelines of the BABCP (British Association Of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists) and I have provisional accreditation with the BABCP.
  • I am registered with ICO (Data protection)
  • I am on the PVG scheme with Disclosure Scotland.

I can be contacted via post at my office address:

Karen Cleland Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

18 Haddow street



Maps & Directions

Hamilton, ML3 7HX

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Yes

1 small step leading into building entrance my office is on the ground floor.


Monday and Tuesday -10am,11.30am, 1pm and 7pm Thursday-10am,11.30am,1pm,2.30pm, 4pm, 5.30pm and 7pm (max 4 per clinical day depending on availability) Friday-5.30pm and 7pm Saturday-1.30pm

Types of client