General Counselling & Stress Management Therapy

Glasgow and West Scotland Eating Disorders Service

your voice counts : recovery exists

Our Therapists

& Counsellors

We are qualified and/or accredited psychotherapists and clinicians with clinical training in general counselling, CBT Psychotherapy and Stress Management Therapy. 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 also have Professional Indemnity Insurance, Membership with PVG/Disclosure Scotland and registered with ICO's Data Protection Scheme.

Do not let your shadow walk you. You are not

a slave of the past.

- In The Garden of Thoughts -



What is General Counselling?


Counselling allows you to discuss your problems and any difficult feelings you experience in a safe, confidential environment. Generally, counselling is a process people seek when they want to change something in their lives or simply explore their thoughts and feelings in more depth. The basic principles of counselling are:


  • You will be encouraged to talk about what's bothering you in order to uncover any root triggers and identify your specific ways of thinking. The therapist may then look to create a plan of action to either help you reconcile your issues or help you to find ways of coping.
  • It is individually tailored to you in order to improve your quality of life and help you address the concerns and problems you are facing.
  • Concerns, issues and problems often addressed within counselling include: eating disorders; depression; low mood; anxiety; relationship issues; addictions; bereavement; loss; trauma; work-related issues; bullying; and much more!
  • While therapists will not give you concrete advice or a checklist of things to do to feel better, they will help you uncover your own insight and understanding of your problems and provide you with the tools that will help you to resolve them on your own. This helps you to 'become your own therapist', so you can deal with problems and difficulties even after your appointments have ended.
  • It can be long-term or short-term and depends on the individual client and your problems. We go at YOUR pace!
  • Counselling is private and confidential. Your therapist will explain and dicuss confidentiality, cancellations, working agreements and so on with you at your initial Assessment Appointment.

Stress Management Therapy

What is Stress Management Therapy?


If you feel stressed out by modern life, you're not alone! Stress has major health consequences and diminishes our ability to enjoy life. Stress Management Therapy is ideally suited to helping you cope with and reduce stress. You will develop strategies and techniques that will help you to take control of the stress in your life.


You will learn to manage and reduce stress so you can achieve improved psychological, emotional and physical health and increase quality of life. The basic principles of Stress Management Therapy are:


  • Your therapist will assist you in learning and developing new skills and techniques that you can use at any time in your life and across many situations to both manage and reduce, stress.
  • Sessions can help you to: learn proven relaxation techniques; adopt healthy ways to cope with stress; develop assertiveness; maintain boundaries and learn to say no; reduce stress levels; become aware of your unhealthy stress management techniques; and much more!
  • It is generally time-limited (up to 10-12 sessions), structured, solution-focussed, goal-oriented and involves learning and developing practical solutions and techniques to managing stress.
  • 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 help you to 'become your own therapist', so you can deal with problems and difficulties even after appointments have ended.
  • It is private and confidential. Your therapist will explain confidentiality, cancellations, working agreements and so on with you at your initial Assessment Appointment.

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