Karen Cleland ~ CBT, CMCOSCA

Karen Cleland ~ CBT, CMCOSCA

18 Haddow Street

07934 325022

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About me

Hi, I'm Karen, 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 in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment.

Together, we can work 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.

My delivery of CBT techniques:

As a creative person, I really enjoy the opportunity to work with my clients and creating a personal treatment plan that suits each person's needs. I do this in a variety of ways and in true CBT style its all about the knowledge (so what's going on?) and behaviour change (what you want to do or stop doing!).

I use a combination of Imagery and practical methods to help you manage what you fear, which will help you feel more empowered. As CBT tools can be used as and when required once you have your 'cbt tool box' its yours to use whenever you need it.

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

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) and am on the PVG scheme with Disclosure Scotland.

  • 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 continual professional development (CPD) events to ensure my skills are current and up to date. Below are a list of CPD events attended:

  • Introduction to Schema Therapy
  • Working with Imagery in CBT
  • Life is now Techniques for CBT practitioners
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Introduction to EMDR
  • Working with the Impact of severe Trauma
  • CBT for PTSD: Type 1 Trauma and Beyond
  • COSCA Boundaries and ethics in a changing world
  • BABCP The impact of vicarious trauma
  • Working with Borderline Personality Disorder
  • BABCP Accreditation workshop
  • 'Understanding Suicide' a presentation by Glasgow university Psychological Society
  • Research training day
  • Working with complex trauma
  • Working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Working with GAD and panic
  • Professional training in the diagnosis and treatment of PTSD
  • Treating intrusive thoughts and the inner critical voice
  • COSCA annual trainers event
  • Break the silence Annual conference
  • International Association for Rewind Trauma Therapy training
  • Rage and Shame CPD presentation
  • Dissociation: A Healthy response to trauma presentation
  • Anger: How do we deal with it in (and out of) the counselling room presentation
  • Break the silence Annual Conference
  • COSCA Annual Trainers event
  • Why you need to know about dissociation if you are working with Trauma and PTSD
  • BABCP  CBASP: Innovative treatment for persistent Depression
  • COSCA Trainer Accreditation workshop

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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.

Anxiety Presentations

When working with anxiety presentations to help people manage their symptoms I try to make the counselling process as simple and engaging as possible.The last thing anyone needs, particularly if you are already struggling with anxiety, is more worry so its about breaking the difficulty down into smaller manageable chunks to make it easier to work with. Maybe easier said than done but that's where my support comes in! Anxiety drags you into the future with all the "what if's" and I will help to teach you to manage your anxiety symptoms so you can be more in the moment.... because that's where all the action is.

Depression Symptoms

When working with depression symptoms for me it's all about engaging with you and to help you motivate yourself. We will explore what is keeping you stuck and how you can help yourself by connecting to things interest that you.  When working with Panic and phobias I try to be creative with the techniques I teach my clients. I will help you learn how to manage your symptoms so the fear is no longer controlling you and you take some control back.

Trauma and PTSD

I have 7 years experience working with trauma and ptsd symptoms caused by various things (such as car accidents, abuse, assault to name a few) My main priority working with trauma symptoms is to make you feel safe (as most people affected by trauma feel unsafe most of the time) and to teach you how to manage your trauma symptoms. Once this is achieved we will discuss how you want to process the trauma and reframing it so you can recover from what happened to you.

Anger Management

When working with anger management we will explore together what the triggers are for your anger and what is keeping it going. This is important as in my experience working with it anger is framed as a 'negative' emotion, whereas if its reframed as a being a message that 'something isn't quite right' this can lead to a reframe of situations where anger may feel out of control. Again it's all about the knowledge of what your own beliefs are as this metaphorically will be fuel to the fire of anger!


CBT session for self-referrals / private clients are £50 per session

CBT sessions for 3rd party referrals please contact me for further information

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 needs.

Further information


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.

Maps & Directions

Hamilton, ML3 7HX

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: Yes

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


Monday to Saturday, please contact me to check my availability.

Types of client