Coaching & Guided Self-Help

By Appointment Only - please get in touch to book appointments, meetings, viewings etc. as there is not always someone in the office.

Glasgow and West Scotland Eating Disorders Service

your voice counts : recovery exists

  Our Therapists

& Counsellors

We are qualified and/or accredited psychotherapists and counsellors with  clinical training in general counselling, CBT Psychotherapy and Stress Management Therapy. We are experienced in working with 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 and counsellors hold Professional Membership with various organisations including COSCA, BABCP, The CBT'ers Club and The British Psychological Society. They have  Professional Indemnity Insurance, hold Membership with PVG/Disclosure Scotland  and   registered with ICO's Data Protection Scheme. 

When I let go of what I am, I become

what I might be.

- Lao Tzu -


What is Coaching?

Coaching  aims to help and empower you to make, meet and exceed personal and professional goals . These include accomplishing targets in the workplace; becoming happy and fulfilled in the home; exploring the self and the world; achieving ambitions; and much more.

At the core  of Coaching lies the idea that clients must be given the power to help themselves. Sessions will help you move towards 'becoming your own therapist', so you can deal with problems and difficulties even after your appointments have ended. The basic principles of Coaching are:

  • To provide you with tools and techniques to confidently face difficult situations, push past emotional barriers and eventually view life from a new, and more hopeful, perspective.
  • Sessions are typically for a specific duration (e.g. 8 weeks) and involve a partnership between you and your therapist, who will gently encourage you to explore how to make positive changes in your life. S/he will also offer support and feedback to help you to stay focused on your goals.
  • One difference between Coaching and therapy/counselling is that therapy/counselling often investigates the roots and causes of problems, while  Coaching focuses  on the future to encourage personal development and self-improvement.
  • It can help you with relationships  and communication;  confidence, self-esteem  and assertiveness; work, business and occupational issues;  personal life; performance; and other personal development concerns and goals.
  • Sessions  help you to 'become your own therapist', so you can deal with problems and difficulties even after  appointments have ended.
  • Coaching is private and confidential. Your therapist will explain and discuss confidentiality, cancellations, working agreements and so on with you  at your initial  Assessment Appointment.

Guided Self-Help

What is Guided Self-Help?

Guided Self-Help is a half-way option that sits  between 'traditional' therapy and   self help. It’s a little less formal than psychotherapy or counselling.  Guided Self-Help is based on a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)  approach to supporting people with various problems, issues and concerns.

It's  is an evidence-based, problem-focussed approach to changing the way you think, feel and behave. You will be working with a qualified therapist during sessions. The basic key principles  are:

  • Sessions are similar to a consultancy or coaching session than a  'traditional' therapeutic one. 
  • The therapist will assist and guide you in working through the self-help workbooks and materials available  to support you to make the changes you want. Self-help materials/workbooks are included.
  • Sessions are structured. You and your therapist will work together on various self-help workbooks (e.g. anxiety, body image, low mood, worry etc. - depending on what you need support with), talk about problems, complete exercises together and set in-between session exercises that you can try in your own time.
  • Emphasis is placed on you working in-between sessions This allows you to take more responsibility for your own therapy and try out activities  in ‘real life’. Sessions help you to 'become your own therapist', so you can deal with problems and difficulties even  after  appointments have ended.
  • Sessions  help you to set goals, assess and monitor progress and deal with any barriers or obstacles. 
  • If you attend Guided Self Help  sessions and   then discover   that more 'in-depth' support would be helpful,  you can move onto  more ‘traditional’ CBT, therapy or counselling   that explores problems, issues and concerns on a deeper level.

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