Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
Hello, I’m Mandy and welcome to my page! I am a fully qualified CBT practitioner and a member of the British association for behavioural and cognitive psychotherapy (BABCP). My main membership is COSCA who are the main counselling association in Scotland.
I thoroughly enjoy what I do and lucky enough to be trained in many disciplines such as SFBT, REBT, ATTACHMENT, COMPASSION FOCUSED, GESTALT, NLP, SCHEMA. I practice within the BABCP and COSCA ethical guidelines and seek regular supervision to maintain clinical practice.
I have full insurance and a current protection of vulnerable groups’ certificate, so you know you can meet with me with confidence. I am a member of the ICO and hold certification around the protection of data.
When I’m not practicing CBT, and trying to remember all the above abbreviations, I do like to spend time with my family and friends. I love this personal aspect as they are a sounding board for all my moans, groans and celebrations in life.
I am not one for the gym but I do like to keep my mind active and creative with home DIY and designing home comforts. My house at the moment looks like the warehouse of an online craft business but I do like to lose myself in what I can design and make next.
Believe it or not I can be quite humours at times, even if I do say so myself. I am warm and authentic, I very much enjoy what I do and hope to reflect this passion and enthusiasm through my sessions with individuals. I work in the strictest of confidence and reassure my clients that I am…here to help!
MY PERSONAL JOURNEY
It’s all very well knowing my qualifications and about my practice as it stands, but how did I get here!? My journey as a therapist began in the year of 2012. I set out to become a therapist because I believed that no matter what happens in life you can always turn it around, although it may not feel like it at the time. Through my own personal experiences, being able to pick myself up in the most unfortunate circumstances allows me to be a true believer that no matter what, you can be who you want to be!
Before becoming a therapist, I was interested in psychology, which helps, and studied at Nottingham Campus. I knew that I wanted to be in a job which helped people, however life got in the way, but first I knew I had to help myself.
A number of years ago my life took a massive turn and I lost all hope, and felt that things would never be right again. Through periods of loss, and of pain I slowly started to become someone I didn’t know, these were the most difficult and scary years of my life.
However, on reflection it was this period that gave me the experience and the insight into my practice as a therapist today. This type of experience can’t be acquired from textbooks; I gained this the hard way!
These situations have allowed me to truly understand the hardship in life, the highs and lows life throws at you and most certainly, the good and the bad.
As a result I feel I have transformed many areas of my life, however I would never have been able to become who I am today without these unfortunate events.
I have been called the wounded healer by previous colleague’s, and as yet I haven’t fashioned myself a cape! However, I do believe we are all wounded from one experience or another and sometimes we need a little help in the healing process.
In the midst of the chaos I set upon a journey to help people, taking my personal experience into a profession and training to be a therapist.
A very important figure in my life, although will not be named, gave me an opportunity to become the professional I am today and I am very grateful.
I took an opportunity to invest in myself, something which I did not do often enough in the past, and I was able to shape a career from my experiences. These experiences gave me the foundation to gain qualifications and to help facilitate change in others from that point onwards!
WHAT IS CBT?
So you have read a little about me, but what is it that I do. My profession within CBT aims to facilitate change in individuals who are going through or have already gone through difficult periods.
Cognitive behaviour therapy is a talking based approach that can help individuals manage problems. This is done by aiming to change personal thoughts and behaviours and is most often used to challenge anxiety and depression.
The unique aspect of CBT is that it is very flexible; a discussion can be had to tailor and adapt the support to suit every individual. The support is driven by setting personal goals of change and taking short steps to achieve these goals.
CBT therapy offers a variety of techniques and interventions that focus on the presenting problem. Its main aim is to apply cognitive reconstruction and behavioural changes to minimise dysfunctional thinking, feelings and behaviours.
CBT is evidence based which means in the field of mental health, the benefits and effectiveness is apparent. This means you don’t just have to take my word for it!
Training, qualifications & experience
- Post Graduate Diploma SCQF Level 10: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Group Work (The Centre of Therapy)
- COSCA Counselling skills SCQF Level 7: Counselling and psychotherapy (The Centre of Therapy)
- HND Social Science attained modules and completion of assessment (Nottingham Castle Campus)
- Asist Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (NHS Scotland)
- SafeTalk Suicide Alertness (NHS Scotland)
- Basic Life Support First Aid Training ( Stewart First Aid Training)
- Mental Health First Aid (LAMH)
- Fully qualified CBT therapist and a registered member of COSCA and BABCP
- Registered member of the PVG Scheme protecting both Adults and Children.
- Registered member of GDPR Complying with current regulations.
I operate from a private office space, based in Lanark. Offering individual and group counselling. I work closely with multi-disciplinary agencies and organisations who support me in the delivery of CBT, Mental Health and Well-being.I currently work full time as a self employed counsellor.
I currently support a local charitable organisation and contribute to the delivery of their services. My main role is to support service users with one to one consultations and referral processes. I provide support to people suffering from poor mental health and food poverty. I offer this service free of charge and provide this support on a voluntary basis. Supporting my local community means a great deal to me.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Group therapy
- Interpersonal therapy
- Other therapies
- Person-centred therapy
Initially a free confidential introductory session is available with myself. I would be happy to discuss any issues upfront free of charge before setting upon a therapy that could be right for you.
Please contact me for a free no obligational chat, we can then look at your reasons for therapy, possible options and if CBT would be beneficial.
Following this, once a plan of action has been set up my charge is £40 per session; our sessions will last normally around 50 minutes.
I very much look forward to hearing from you.
I aim to facilitate change in others, to provide a safe place for exploration. I hope to create a secure environment to apply therapeutic intervention within individuals but building a therapeutic rapport.
I respectfully ask to allow me to enter your world and truly understand you as an individual. It is from here our work towards change can be done.
I endeavour to successfully facilitate alternative ways of thinking and behaving in others, aiming to reduce psychological distress and discomfort. I hope to be honest and show empathy in the work that I do and all that I meet. This develops compassion and builds relationships.
Within my practice I set high standards for myself, but also for the practice that I run. At the heart of this practice is respect, to respect each other allows for a build-up of rapport and trust. My genuine and resilient nature allows me help you overcome hurdles and challenges we may face together through this process. However, success only comes from a collaboration of efforts…after all alone we can do so little, but together we can do so much!
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||Happy to consult with the support of an interpreter.|
Please contact regarding availability.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|