CBT Therapy & Integrative Psychotherapy


Glasgow and West Scotland Eating Disorders Service

your voice counts : recovery exists

Our Therapists &


We are qualified and/or accredited psychotherapists and clinicians with specialised clinical training in CBT and practice as Integrative Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapists. We are experienced clinicians working in eating disorders, although we have lots of experience working with many other issues too, including depression, anxiety, body image, stress, self-esteem and much more.


We have undergraduate and postgraduate university degrees in Psychology and Psychological Research as well as in English. Our Director will be starting her Doctorate in Psychology in 2017. We have additional qualifications in other therapies such as Stress Management Therapy, Clinical Hypnotherapy as well as qualifications in training, clinical supervision, self-harm, suicide and much more!


We engage in regular Clinical Supervision (individual, group and peer supervision) and frequent Continuous Professional Development (CPD). Our therapists hold Professional Membership with various organisations, including COSCA, BABCP, The CBT'ers Club and The British Psychological Society. They have their own Professional Indemnity Insurance, PVG/Disclosure Scotland Membership and are registered with ICO's Data Protection Scheme.

Never give a negative thought an inch or it

will take a mile.

- Matshona Dhliwayo -

CBT Therapy

What is CBT Therapy?


CBT is an evidence-based approach that has been proven to work effectively in overcoming problems and challenging situations in the here and now.


CBT is recommended by The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (N.I.C.E.) as a treatment for anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias, acute stress, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders and is very helpful in the treatment of many other problems and conditions. The key basics of CBT therapy are:


  • CBT is a systems approach based on the 5-factor model. This means that you and your therapist will explore your thoughts, feelings, behaviours, physical sensations and environment or situation. You will discuss how these interlink and influence each other to maintain or perpetuate the concerns and problems your are experiencing.
  • CBT involves active collaboration between you (client) and your therapist, both working together to challenge and change the unhelpful thoughts, feelings, behaviours and physical sensations that play a part in the problem(s) experienced. The aim is to, over time, improve your quality of life and help you address the concerns and problems you are facing.
  • CBT takes a collaborative, yet focused and structured problem-solving approach in setting and working towards realistic therapeutic goals that you and your therapist will evaluate on a session-by session-basis.
  • There are many myths surrounding CBT (e.g. that it's mechanistic). However, such myths are not true and a well-trained psychotherapist will tailor therapy to your individual needs and explore the past and present, if necessary. Well-trained CBT therapists are warm, empathic, understanding and work with you, collaboratively, to tailor therapy to you. Contrary to myth, CBT can be long-term or short-term and depends on you and your problems. We go at YOUR pace!
  • As part of the therapeutic process, you will engage in pre-agreed training, homework or 'between-session' tasks between appointments to help you to test out and evaluate the new skills you are learning. This helps you get the most out of therapy! Sessions also help you move towards 'becoming your own therapist', so you can deal with problems and difficulties even after your appointments have ended.
  • CBT Therapy is private and confidential. Your therapist will explain and discuss confidentiality, cancellations, working agreements and so on with you at your initial Assessment Appointment.

Integrative Therapy

What is Integrative Therapy?


Integrative Therapy incorporates, for instance: general counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy, person-centred approaches, behavioural activation, dialectical behavioural therapy, stress management coaching, mindfulness, schema therapy, compassion focused therapy, personal coaching and elements of other approaches.. The key basics of Integrative Therapy are:


  • There is no single approach that can treat each client in all situations. Each person needs to be considered as a whole. Therapy must be tailored to your individual needs and personal circumstances.
  • It aims to ensure that all levels of your being and functioning (mental, physical and emotional health) are maximised to their full potential.
  • You will be empowered to start setting goals and practising new behaviours that will enable you to move beyond your current problems. This is achieved in many ways, e.g. identifying what factors are triggering or perpetuating problems; increasing self-awareness; self-exploration; and establishing an open, co-operative and trusting therapeutic relationship with your therapist.
  • The length of therapy will depend on each individual client, the therapeutic goals set and types of problems or issues you wish to address.
  • Sessions also help you move towards 'becoming your own therapist', so you can deal with problems and difficulties even after your appointments have ended.
  • Therapy is private and confidential and your therapist will explain confidentiality, cancellations, working agreements and so on with you at your initial Assessment Appointment.

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