Coaching & Guided Self-Help



We are qualified and/or accredited psychotherapists and clinicians with specialised clinical training in CBT and practice as Integrative Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapists. We have experience of working with many issues including: depression and low mood; anxiety; panic; body image; stress; self-esteem; eating disorders; relationships; assertiveness; confidence; goal-setting; emotional distress 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, have their own Professional Indemnity Insurance, hold PVG/Disclosure Scotland Membership and are registered with ICO's Data Protection Scheme.


''People who ask whether the glass is half empty or half full miss the point. The glass is refillable''.


- Anonymous -



What is Coaching?


Coaching aims to empower you to make, meet and exceed personal and professional goals including: accomplishing work targets; becoming happy and fulfilled at home, exploring self and the world; achieving ambitions; and much more.


Coaching proposes the idea that clients must be given the power to help themselves. Coaching:


  • Provides you with tools and techniques to confidently face difficult situations, push past emotional barriers and eventually view life from a ne and more hopeful, perspective.
  • Sessions are typically for a specific duration (e.g. 8 weeks). It involves a partnership between you and your therapist/coach who will gently encourage you to explore how to make positive changes in life. They offer support and feedback to help you to stay focused on your goals.
  • The main difference between Coaching and traditional therapy is that therapy and counselling often investigate what lies at the root of your problems and concerns. Coaching focuses on the future to encourage personal development and self-improvement.
  • It can help with: relationships; communication; confidence, self-esteem; assertiveness; work issues; personal life; performance; and other personal development concerns and goals.
  • Coaching is private and confidential. Your therapist/coach will explain confidentiality, cancellations, working agreements and so on with you at the initial Assessment Appointment.

So we beat on, boats against the current,

borne back ceaselessly into the past.


-F. Scott Fitzgerald -




What is Guided Self-Help?


Guided Self-Help is a half-way option between 'traditional' therapy and self help. This means that 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.


Guided Self-Help is an evidence-based, problem-focussed approach to changing the way you think, feel and behave. You will be working with a professional, qualified therapist during these sessions. Some of the basic key principles of Guide Self-Help are:


  • Sessions are similar to a coaching session than to a traditional therapeutic one.
  • The therapist will assist and guide you in working through self-help the workbooks and materials (included in price) available to support you to make the changes you want.
  • 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 set goals, assess and monitor progress and deal with any barriers or obstacles.
  • If you attend a Guided Self Help programme and then discover other issues which would benefit from a more detailed exploration, or that more 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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