CBT, Integrative Therapy & Existential Therapy

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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 Existential Therapy/Counselling. We practice as  Integrative Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapists and Existential Therapists/Counsellors. 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, ACT, MIndfulnes 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, BACP, UKCP, NMC, NHC and BPS They have their own Professional Indemnity Insurance,  PVG/Disclosure Scotland Membership  and are registered with ICO's Data Protection Scheme. 

CBT Therapy

What is CBT Therapy?

CBT is an evidence-based approach 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, PTSD, eating disorders and is  helpful in the treatment of many other problems and conditions. The key basics of CBT therapy are:

  • A systems approach based on the 5-factor model. 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.
  • Involves active collaboration between you (client) and your therapist 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 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 evaluate on a regular basis.
  • There are many myths surrounding CBT (e.g.  that it's mechanistic). Such myths are untrue. 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.  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 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 discuss confidentiality, cancellations, working agreements etc. with you at the Assessment Appointment.

Never give a negative thought an inch or it

will take a mile.

- Matshona Dhliwayo -

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, existential therapy, mindfulness, schema therapy, compassion focused therapy,  and elements of other approaches.. The key basics of Integrative Therapy are:

  • No single approach tcan treat each client in all situations. Each person needs to be considered as a whole and therapy  must be tailored to your individual needs and personal circumstances.
  • Ensures 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 client, therapeutic goals and types of problems or issues  addressed.
  • Sessions help you move towards 'becoming your own therapist', so you can address problems and difficulties even  when appointments  have ended.
  • Therapy is private and  confidentialy Your therapist will discuss confidentiality, cancellations, working agreements etc. with you  at your initial  Assessment Appointment.

Existential Therapy

What is Existential Therapy and Counselling?

This approach focuses on concepts that are universally applicable to human existence including death, freedom, responsibility and the meaning of life. Instead of regarding human experiences such as anxiety, alienation and depression as implying the presence of mental illness, it  views these experiences as natural stages in a normal process of human development and maturation (Comer, 2016).

  • Focuses on free will, self-determination and  search for meaning and purpose. Therapy and counselling often centres on you rather than on the symptoms you're experiencing. It highlights your capacity to make rational choices and to develop you to your maximum potential
  • According to Comer, 2016, it facilitates the process of development and maturation through a philosophical exploration of your experience while stressing your freedom and responsibility to facilitate a higher degree of meaning and well-being in your life.
  • Avoids restrictive models that categorise or label people. There is no existential personality theory which divides humanity into types. Instead, there is a description of the different levels of experience and existence with which people are inevitably confronted.
  • A primary aim of therapy is to help people face anxieties of life and embrace the freedom of choice humans have, taking full responsibility for these choices as they do so. It helpa individuals live more authentically and be less concerned with superficiality. It encourage clients to take ownership of their lives, find meaning and to live fully in the present.
  • Therapy is private and confidential. Your therapist will discuss confidentiality, cancellations, working agreements etc. with you at the Assessment Appointment.

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