Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (CBT) & Integrative Therapy


Glasgow Centre for Eating Disorders

Therapy, Support, Training and Education for Eating Disorders in Scotland

What is CBT?

As a therapy, CBT is an evidence- based approach which has been proven to work effectively in overcoming problems and challenging situations in the here and now. There is a lot to say about CBT (if you want more information, please get in touch), however, here are the key basics of CBT therapy:


  • CBT is a systems approach and based in the 5-factor model. This means the therapist and client explore the client's thoughts, feelings, behaviours, physical sensations and environment/situation and how these interlink and influence each other to maintain or perpetuate the client's problems.


  • CBT involves active collaboration between client and therapist. Both works together to seek change to unhelpful thoughts, feelings, behaviours and physical sensations that underpin the individual’s problem(s) and improve quality of life.


  • CBT takes a collaborative, yet focused and structured problem-solving approach in setting and working towards realistic therapeutic goals which we will evaluate on a session-by session-basis.


  • There are many myths surrounding CBT, especially those suggesting that it is mechanistic and only interested in thoughts, not feelings. However, such myths are not true and a well-trained psychotherapist will tailor therapy and appointments to each individual’s needs and will explore that past and present if necessary . Well-trained CBT therapists are warm, empathic, understanding and work with you, collaboratively, to tailor therapy to your own needs. Contrary to myth, CBT can be long-term or short-term and very much depends on the individual client and your problems. We go at YOUR pace!


  • CBT therapy is confidential (with exceptions) and your therapist will explain confidentialty, cancellations, working agreements and so on with you at your initial appointment.


  • As part of the therapeutic process, you will engage in pre-agreed homework or 'between-session' tasks between appointments to help you to test out and evaluate the new skills you are learning.



Integrative Therapy

We also offer Integrative Therapy, which incorporates general counselling, behavioural activation, person-centred approaches, cognitive behavioural approaches, dialectical behavioural therapy, stress management coaching, mindfulness, schema therapy, and compassion focused therapy. Here are the key basics of Integrative Therapy:


  • There is no single approach that can treat each client in all situations. Each person needs to be considered as a whole and counselling and therapy techniques must be tailored to their individual needs and personal circumstances.


  • Aims to ensure that all levels of a person's being and functioning (mental, physical and emotional health) are maximised to their full potential.


  • Clients must be committed to self-exploration and open to identifying what factors in their life are perpetuating problems, and/or are causing current concerns.


  • Clients are empowered to start setting goals and practising new behaviours that will enable them to move beyond their current problems. This is achieved in many ways, through, for example, self-exploration, increasing self-awareness, and establishing a co-operative and trusting therapeutic relationship with the counsellor or therapist.


  • Due to the in-depth exploration of issues and setting of goals, integrative counselling typically requires a substantial time investment on the part of the client.


  • The length of counselling and therapy will depend on the client, the therapeutic goals set and the types of issues that are being addressed.


Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (CBT) and Integrative Therapy



We provide various one-to-one therapy sessions, including Integrative Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (CBT Therapy). We have a qualfied Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and Integrative Therapist who have extensive experience in eating disorders and other mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, self-esteem, emotional regulation, stress and lots more. So, we provide therapy not just for eating disorders and disordered eating, but other issues and problems too, such as depression, stress, anxiety, OCD, health issues, phobias, raltationship problems, body image and lots more.


Our Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist is a qualified therapist and completed clinical training in CBT, validated by COSCA and works under the ethical guidelines of both COSCA and BABCP. She also has undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Psychology, an undergraduate degree in English and a completed postgraduate professional training in stress management counselling, in addition to qualifying clinical training in cognitive behavioural psychotherapy. She has also completed training in clinical hypnotherapy, suicide interventions, eating disorders, and lots more. She is about to embark upon a Doctorate in Psychology and Psychotherapy, as well as an MSC in Relationship Counselling.


She also offers Integrative Therapy, which incorporates general counselling, behavioural activation, person-centred approaches, cognitive behavioural approaches, dialectical behavioural therapy, stress management coaching, mindfulness, schema therapy, and compassion focused therapy.


Our psychotherapists and therapists receive frequent clincial supervision, abide by the ethical standards of COSCA and BABCP and hold membership with both, as well as being Registered Members of The CBT'ers Club. Our psychotherapists and therapists also hold membership with other organisations and engage in frequent, essential CPD (continuing professional development), in accordance with their professional bodies.


Our therapists and psychotherapists are independent Associates with the Glasgow Centre for Eating Disorders and hold PVGs/Disclosure as well as professional indemnity insurance. If you have a concern or complaint about any of our volunteers or staff, please get in touch with us in the first instance.












Integrative Therapy and CBT Psychotherapy can be be helpful for a range of problems and difficulties, including eating disorders and disordered eating. While we can provide counselling and therapy for eating disorders and disordered eating, we also welcome referrals and clients for a range of conditions and problems, including depression, anxiety, phobias, stress, social difficulties, self-esteem, assertiveness, emotional difficulties, body image, and lots more.


Integrative Therapy can help with many problems and difficulties. CBT or Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy is recommended by The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (N.I.C.E.) as a treatment for anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), phobias, acute stress, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders and is very helpful in the treatment of many other problems and conditions.





We currently offer Integrative Therapy and CBT Psychotherapy to anyone over 16 years old. We currently only offer Integrative Therapy and CBT Psychotherapy to individuals. However, we will be offering Group Therapy in 2016 and Relationship and Couples Counselling in late 2016, as our CBT Psychotherapist is undertaking higher and advanced training, primarily an MSc in Relationship Counselling, which we look forward to offering in 2016.


Individuals over 16 years old can self-refer - there is no need to make an appointment through your GP or other health professional. We do also accept referrals from anywhere/anyone else, including GPs, psychologists, mental health professionals, EAPs, and other organisations. There is a separate fee structure for this, so please get in touch for more details.





Please get in touch via email or by filling in the Contact Us Form on this website Please complete the Referral Form below if you wish to engage in therapy. Please provide a little information about the problem you would like help with and whether you have a preferance for Integrative Therapy, CBT Psychotherapy or Stress Management Coaching (details of Stress Management Coaching on the next page).


If you have a preference for certain days/times, please also state this. We currently have limited availability, so appointment times may have to be negotiated. At the moment, we do not provide appointments at weekends and have limited availability in the evening.


All therapy sessions last 50 minutes, although double sessions (up to 2 hours) can be booked, if preferable, and available. The first appointment is what we call an Assessment or Evaluation Session. This is an assessment and evaluation of your circumstances to help establish if therapy would indeed be a useful and appropriate approach for you to engage in. You will then mutually agree with your therapist on how to progress with therapy sessions, as well negotiate dates/times of appointments.


Appointments must be paid for in advance of your next appointment. Your first session must also be paid in advance and we provide details on how to do this, via Paypal. Your appointment will not be booked until payment of the first session has been made. You will be given a receipt each time you pay. If you do not return to therapy, for whatever reason, your payment will be returned to you via cash or cheque.


We currently offer discounted CBT Psychotherapy and Integrative Therapy to self-referring and self-financing individuals. This is currently £35 per session and is paid to the therapist in cash and in advance of each appointment (with exception of the first Assessment Session, which is paid, in advance, via Paypal). Our therapists and psychotherapists are unpaid volunteers who kindly offer their skills and time for free which allows us to provide low-cost therapy. The fee above is purely to cover the cost of room hire, essential supervision and other expenses incurred.


SELF-REFERRAL FORM: if you are looking to book a initial therapy appointment, please download and complete the Self-Referral Form below and email it to Please also state which form of therapy you are looking to engage in. All information provided by you is confidential and private.


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It is important that you feel safe and supported during therapy and it is also important that your confidentiality is respected. You will be given more detailed information about this when you enquire about making an appointment. However, we have strict confidentiality policies in place and this will all be explained in your Working Agreement, which gives information about appointments, cancellations, privacy, confidentiality and lots more. You will be given a copy of this via email when you enquire about sessions.


Confidentiality is extremely important and we have many procedures in place to ensure your information, sessions and therapy is confidential. We also abide by the ethical and confidentiality guidelines of various professional bodies, including those with which we are a member and those stated in our own carefully designed policies and procedures.


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