COSCA - Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT)
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I am a qualified CBT Therapist with over 20 years of experience in the areas of addiction and recovery. I understand the feelings that you are going through that drive you to these addictions. I can help you to try to deal with these and help you to overcome your addiction together.
I can also help you with areas such as anxiety, depression, stress, low self-esteem and confidence, eating disorders, and many more.
Using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), which is a talking therapy focusing on the “here and now” - CBT therapy looks at the present rather than the past and identifies negative or maladaptive thinking styles that make you see things differently and out of focus.
I will work with you in a collaborative manner so we can correct this “blurred view” of life and bring clarity, focus, and direction back into your life.
We work together during the sessions using a variety of tools and techniques that should help to bring about the changes you are seeking to make to your life in a safe and confidential environment, always working at your own pace. I will also be asking you to work on yourself in between sessions to allow you to discover more about yourself and how you can help me to help you. This is what we call “homework” and is a very important part of your therapy.
I can help you to regain control and direction in your life, and “together we can come out of the darkness and into the light.
I offer face-to-face sessions or zoom along with a £10, 30-minute initial phone call so you can decide for yourself if we could work together.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Group work at Honours Degree level which I obtained through the Centre of Therapy in Glasgow. This was a 2-year course with over 100 client hours gained and verified with a qualified supervisor.
- COSCA Counselling Skills Certificate.
Registered with COSCA (Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland), which is accredited by the (PSA) Professional Standards Authority, as a Counsellor Member and as such abide by their code of ethical practice.
As a potential client choosing a therapist to work with, from the many who are available online can be a difficult and daunting task.
I think it's important to know a little about the background of the person who may be able to help you find your way again.
I am married and live in Penicuik. I have 2 children and 2 grandchildren. I left school at 16 and joined the army as a vehicle mechanic and left in 1991.
I moved into the motor trade and left in 2019. During this period, I served on the Midlothian children’s Panel which allowed me to understand family dynamics and the pressures and responsibilities of modern-day life. I then volunteered for other organisations helping those who suffer from addictions. It was during this period I decided to retrain to become a therapist.
My journey to becoming a therapist has taken over 5 years which has been driven by a passion to help other people to improve their lives. During this time, I have made many discoveries about myself. I believe this has led me to understand more about “what makes me tick”. This in turn has given me more direction and focus in my life and I would like to think that I have become a better-rounded person and would like to help others to do the same.
I am also a board member of the charity “Who Dares Cares” which was set up by 2 veterans in Edinburgh to raise awareness and offer help to those who suffer from PTSD.
My hobbies and interests are keeping fit by cycling and hill walking. Also, I have recently acquired a puppy. Cycling and walking my dog plays a very important part in my well-being as a way to wind down after a hard day or just to reset myself after difficult moments.
You have visited my website in your time of need. I hope that you have learned a little bit more about CBT and me in the process. I wish you all the best in finding that person that you can feel you can trust to work with.
College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSCA)
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£49.00 per session
I offer both face-to-face and online sessions priced at £49 for 50 minutes.
As spring has sprung I am now offering a 1-hour walk and talk session for £49
I also like to offer a 30-minute telephone session for £10 this helps us get to know each other and will be refunded from your first session with me.
When I work