“Probably the biggest insight… is that happiness is not just a place, but also a process. Happiness is an ongoing process of fresh challenges, and… it takes the right attitudes and activities to continue to be happy.”
I am a fully qualified and accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist. I work across all age groups and have particular expertise and experience of working with young people in a secure setting who have experienced a range of difficulties. I have addressed issues such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Complex Trauma, Self Harm, Psychosis, Anxiety, Low Self Esteem and Depression as well as many more. I have been working in Private practice since 2013.
I completed my undergraduate Psychology degree at The University of Aberdeen between 2002 - 2006 and started work in a secure unit for young people aged between 12 and 18 in 2007, working first in the unit setting before joining a smaller more specialised intervention team in 2009. I completed my Post Graduate Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy diploma at the University of Dundee in 2014 which is Accredited by both the NHS and the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP).
What can I help with?
THERAPIES ON OFFER
At CBT Inverclyde we offer a wide range of therapies to meet each individuals needs. Please see below and get in touch if you would like to make an appointment or have any questions or queries. For a more extensive list of the areas of counselling I deal with please see Areas of Counselling
Terms and Conditions of Treatment
All sessions are charged at £45 1:1 or £50 for couples, however fees are subject to review and can be discussed dependent on a client’s circumstances. Should you require a report or letter it will be charged at the same rate i.e. if the report takes two sessions to write you will be charged £90, this will be agreed prior to writing.
Appointments will last from 45 – 60 minutes, however longer appointments can be arranged should therapist/client think it necessary and charged accordingly. If you are late for an appointment we will not be able to run over but instead the appointment time will be reduced. You will still be charged at the full rate.
Payment is accepted through card, cash or bank transfer and will be required at the end of each session.
Cancellations may be made up to 24 Hours before the appointment. Appointments cancelled after this time will be charged in full.
AREAS OF COUNSELLING
TESTIMONIALS AND CASE STUDY
Having struggled with anxiety for years now I contacted Rhona thinking there was no way I would beat this. I couldn’t be more wrong! Rhona straight away made me feel at ease. She is very approachable, genuinely interested in you and works tirelessly to support you. She inspired me to challenge myself with her fantastic attitude to life and her commitment to what she does. She has a brilliant personality that helps put a smile on your face when you are down and reassure you that the only way is forward. I have thoroughly enjoyed my sessions with Rhona. She has challenged me, made me laugh, cry and taught me to enjoy my life again. I have been armed with the tools I need and I have successfully overcome my anxiety. Truth is, it is impossible not to succeed with Rhona. I cannot thank Rhona enough for the help and support she has given me and would recommend her to anybody.
Having recently been a patient of CBT Inverclyde, I cannot recommend it highly enough. I wish I'd had access to this years ago! I did try counselling for a short time years ago but didn't feel that was for me. At CBT it's interactive and proactive. Rhona instantly puts you at ease and is brilliant at her job. I will keep in touch with her as she has helped change my life and given me the tools for a happy life!!
Take Tina, who worked in publishing. She met her boss in the lift and said 'good morning', but her boss didn't reply.
In no time Tina was thinking thoughts like:
my boss doesn't like me
no-one likes me
I'm going to lose my job
life is hell.
These thoughts were responsible for Tina plunging into a low mood.
Tina didn't for one minute consider that her boss may not have heard her or that her boss might have been pre-occupied with her own thoughts.
Tina realised she was always getting upset about such situations, and she started therapy to try to sort things out.
In a few weeks, she came to understand how negative thoughts were causing her to be unhappy. Tina also learned how to spot when she was jumping to conclusions in this way.
Then, with help, she was able to challenge these negative thoughts by looking for evidence to see if they were really true.
They were rarely true, so Tina was only upsetting herself by thinking in such a way. This is what many of us do.
Cognitive therapy teaches us to stop thinking so negatively, to challenge untrue thoughts and to replace them with more rational and healthy ones
WILL CBT WORK FOR ME?
The benefits of Cognitive Therapy are well researched and it is the only psychological therapy to have an evidence base. This means that evidence has been gathered through treatment to demonstrate changes and improvements in a clients presentation.
CBT suits individuals with all sorts of problems – including depression, anxiety, phobias, difficult relationships, obsessive-compulsive disorder and eating disorders, especially bulimia nervosa.
CBT is individualised and collaborative meaning the client feels empowered with regards to their treatment and progress.
Mon: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Tue: 1:00pm - 8:00pm
Thu: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Fri: 9:00am - 1:00pm
QUALIFICATIONS, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
Undergraduate BSc Psychology degree (University of Aberdeen)
Certificate and Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Distance Learning)
Post Graduate Certificate / Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (University of Dundee) BABCP/NHS accredited
SVQ 3 – Health and Social Care (Children and Young People)
Accredited member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
Working with Survivors of Sexual Abuse
Young Minds (adolescent mental health) – Qualified trainer
Treating Problem Behaviour - Trauma Reconciliation Intervention
Child Protection - experienced practitioner
Zero Tolerance (Sexual Exploitation)
Trauma and Attachment
Safe Talk Suicide alertness
Life Story work
Therapeutic Crises Intervention
Risk Assessment training for Sexual behaviour
Working with resistant and non- compliant families
Bereavement in a secure setting
Relationship First Aid (mediation)
Sleep and Insomnia
WORKING WITH THE SQA
In 2014 I was asked to join the Vulnerable Young Women’s Board in Scotland. This board was extremely influential in how we addressed the needs of vulnerable young women throughout the country. Following my work with them I began working with the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). I developed a qualification, the first of its kind, specifically focused on working with vulnerable girls and young women. This qualification has now been adopted by the SQA and is to be rolled out nationally.