What is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and why should a client choose this approach?

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is an approach to help people experiencing a wide range of mental health difficulties. The basis of CBT is that what people think affects how they feel emotionally and also alters what they do. During times of mental distress, the way the person sees and judges themselves and the things that happen to them alters. Things tend to become more extreem and unhelpful. This can worsen how the person feels and causes them to act in ways that keep their distress going.

CBT practitioners, who come from many training backgrounds, aim to work jointly with the person to help them begin to identify and then change their extreme thinking and unhelpful behaviour. By doing this, the result is a significant improvement in how the person feels and lives their day to day life. (Extract from BABCP).

Cognitive behaviour therapy is an effective treatment option for many mental health problems and is indicated for people with depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety. The prupose of therapy is to reduce distress or unwanted behaviour by undoing previous learning or by providing new, more adaptive learning experiences. CBT is one of a broad range of psychotherapies. Other psychotherapies are behaviour therapy, interpersonal therapy, problem-solving therapy, non-directive counselling and short-term psychodynamic psychotherapy. CBT is brief, highly structured, problem orientated and prescriptive, and individuals are active collaborators. The way in which CBT is delivered varies depending on the individual’s needs. (Extract from National Institute For Clinical Excellence).


Where is Central Counselling’s offices?

In the Alloa Business Centre, Whins Road, Alloa, FK10 3SA. The train station is only five minutes walking distance from the office. Free parking is also available at Alloa Business Centre.


When is counselling available?

Daytime and evening appointments are available. Please contact to discuss.


What will it cost?

Fees are set out on the Session Fees page and are payable at the end of each session in cash or by cheque.  At this time payment payment by debit or credit card is not available, however a paypal facility has been set up. Fees are revised on an annual basis and a month’s notice will be given of any intended increase.


How long do sessions last?

A session is usually 50 minutes long and begins at the time of the agreed appointment. Sessions are normally on a weekly basis, at the same time and place, but flexibility can be offered to those who have changeable work patterns or shifts.


How do I arrange an appointment or referral?

Email: central-counselling@sky.com or call on 01259 726673 or 07787 417872. When working with clients, the counsellor may be unable to answer as the phone ringer will be switched off to ensure the client and work are not disrupted. Please leave a message and the call will be followed up as soon as possible.


What if I am unsure about going ahead with counselling or therapy?

Individuals are encouraged to book for an initial session and get a feel for sessions.  This allows the client an opportunity to describe and discuss the difficulties they are currently facing, ask any questions they have about the counselling experience and determine whether the counsellor and approach are a “good fit” for them.

The client is under no obligation to continue beyond the first appointment. If the client decides to proceed they will be invited to enter into a counselling agreement and the counsellor will give the client some paperwork to take away which will help to establish a sense of the severity and frequency of any symptoms being experienced.


What if I need to cancel an appointment?

If you are unable to make an agreed appointment, please inform the counsellor in good time and she will make every effort to reschedule.  24 hours notice is required otherwise a charge of £20.00 is incurred.  This is standard practice as a measure to ensure missed appointments are kept to a minimum.


What happens when we reach the end of counselling?

The number of sessions and ending are negotiated between Counsellor and Client with an opportunity to review the work completed during the time together.  When ending it is better to end by arrangement as this always allows the opportunity to return to counselling at a later date without feeling awkward.


Are sessions confidential?

The work within the sessions is confidential however, in exceptional cases (e.g. if a client reveals current abuse, certain criminal offences or intention to harm him/herself or others) the counsellor has a professional and ethical duty to inform clients that they may take this information beyond the boundaries of the counselling sessions. For this reason, the counsellor will request details of your general practitioner, together with other agencies who may be involved i.e. social work or criminal justice department.

Any action will be discussed fully with client prior to contact being made with any other agency.

All counsellors who are qualified and hold membership of BACP or COSCA are required to receive supervision each month. Cases will be discussed with supervisors when necessary, however the personal details of each client will not be discussed.