Some people think about seeing a counsellor, but put it off. Some people worry they will be judged or won't know what to say.
Some worry that the counsellor won't understand, that their problem is too small or too big, that it will drag on too long...
Yet research shows counselling helps the majority of people who take part.

Clare Bremner Qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

If you are thinking about counselling or therapy and have reservations or questions, please get in touch to discuss them. You can email me on clare@cbtcbt.scot or text/call 07984040947.

You are the expert in your life. CBT, delivered in the safe space of an accepting, non-judgmental therapeutic relationship, can help you make the changes you want to make in your life. CBT is well-evidenced, brief, present-focused therapy, which also helps us deal with ongoing effects of the past.

CBT uses the way our thoughts are linked to how we feel and behave to help us change areas of our lives that cause us distress or hold us back. CBT can help with a wide range of problems, whether major or minor, recent or long-standing:

Anxiety, depression, panic, social anxiety, sleep problems, phobias, low self-esteem, obsessions & compulsions, grief, past traumatic experiences, PTSD, addictions (to substances and behaviours like internet use), and weight problems among others.

CBT can help us learn new ways to understand, and think about, ourselves and others, which in turn can help us feel and act differently, equipping us with well researched tools to help tackle life’s problems even long after therapy has ended.  CBT tends to be briefer and more time-limited than other talking therapies. Sometimes even a few sessions can make enough of a difference, but it is also flexible when longer is needed.

I offer CBT and compatible therapies like Compassion Focused, Solution Focused and Personal Construct therapies, within an accepting, collaborative, non-judgemental therapeutic relationship, where the client is valued and recognised as the expert on their own life.  Everything discussed is kept strictly confidential, within the standard conditions.*  

  • Compassion Focused Therapy can be particularly useful when significant self-criticism and shame are at work alongside whatever brings us to therapy.
  • Solution Focused Therapy can be really helpful where the time frame is very short or someone has had enough of talking about ‘problems’ and the past, or when it seems too hard to see a way forward.
  • Personal Construct tools explore how we personally understand our lives and problems, and from there can help us find the most relevant ways to bring about the changes we want.

 

To find out more please email me: clare@cbtcbt.scot  or call or text 07984040947. Click ‘Further Details’ above for details of sessions and fees.

 

 

*  Any legal or safe-guarding issues which could override confidentiality will be explained.

What happens in a session?

Although no two sessions are the same, this outline is given for general information.

We begin sessions with a brief moment for relaxation, to help us both settle into the session and leave the outside world outside.  When we are relaxed we are more able to listen to our thoughts and feelings, and to have an open mind.  Above all, it helps us feel safe.

Next we set an Agenda, to include the issues you want to look at in the session as well as the standing items like Feedback & Homework. Agendas can help us to stay focused on your goals and to make good use of our time together, but the Agenda is made for the client and not vice versa.

Next we look at how you are feeling.  This can take one minute or many, depending on the circumstances, and can be particularly useful for anyone who isn’t used to stopping to look at, and listen to, their feelings.  Of course, there are no right or wrong answers here and it is a helpful habit to develop.

In earlier sessions there may be some assessment tools used next, to get a baseline of how things are for you, and some background details can be explored, depending on the situation.

Then we move onto the issue(s) you want to look at.  There are many ways to explore any issue, and P1100476any tool used can be explained and discussed so there is no mystery.

Towards the end of the session we agree some homework or ‘action plan’ to help you consolidate gains and insights from the session or practice new ways of thinking and being.

Finally, I will ask you for feedback on the session, anything you found helpful or unhelpful.  This helps build up our relationship and gives you the opportunity to bring up any problems or reservations.

When clients start they are often anxious and apprehensive about what’s involved, but generally that soon subsides. I am on your side, and at your side, as you take the steps you want towards your goals.

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