Brett Buchanan

Brett Buchanan

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Brett is a qualified CBT Counsellor having completed the COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills and Diploma in Counselling and Groupwork, A Cognitive Behavioural Approach in 2008.

He has a wide range of experience having worked as a volunteer counsellor at CRISIS Erskine, Renfrew Association for Mental Health and The Second Chance Project dealing with drug and alcohol addiction.  He is also a trained Bereavement Counsellor and is currently in practice with CRUSE Bereavement Care Scotland.


Brett is an individual Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abides by their ethical code of conduct.


CBT is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave.  It is a clinically and research proven therapy for a wide range of mental health problems in adults, young people and children.

CBT can help you to change how you think (Cognitive) and what you do (Behavioural) by challenging negative automatic thoughts and the associated feelings and behaviours that may be causing you problems.

A CBT approach may look at the origins of your disturbance, often in childhood.  Importantly, the approach will focus greater emphasis on how the disturbance affects you in the ‘here and now’.  Your CBT Therapist will introduce you to tools and techniques designed to support increased self-awareness of your thoughts, feelings and subsequent physical responses in the present. 

CBT is an empowering approach that supports the idea that you are the expert on you.  Through awareness of self and the CBT model, you are encouraged to become your own therapist.  Building confidence and trust in yourself offers an opportunity to step away from negative past experience and to consider a more desirable future.


With CBT, you’ll usually have a session with the therapist once a week or once every two weeks.  This may change as you progress through therapy and would be decided collaboratively between yourself and the therapist.

Each session will last for 50 minutes and as you progress through your course of therapy, it is likely you will be asked to complete work between sessions.

The length of treatment may vary depending on each individual.  CBT is a time limited approach, designed to encourage a solution focus.  As such, an initial course could expect to last for six sessions.  Where appropriate, further sessions would be discussed, again collaboratively between yourself and the therapist.


The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) provides independent, evidence based guidance for the NHS on the most effective ways to treat disease and ill-health. NICE recommends CBT in the treatment of the following conditions:

  • Anxiety disorders (including panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder, social anxiety and shyness)
  • Depression
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Diagram illustrating a typical continuous cycle relating to depression and anxiety.

There is also good evidence that CBT is helpful in treating many other conditions, including:

  • Stress
  • Low mood / self-esteem
  • Phobias
  • Bereavement
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Chronic Pain
  • Sleep Difficulties
  • Anger Management
  • Addictions
  • Trauma
September 07, 2020 — Shopify API
John Kennedy

John Kennedy

John Kennedy 

Adv. Dip. Counselling (COSCA)

As your counsellor John will offer understanding, acceptance and support wherever you are at and, whilst not offering advice or solutions, he will support you in finding your voice and your own way forward. John aims to create a warm welcoming space within which you can bring everything you want and need to talk about, especially the things you struggle with or that have not felt heard elsewhere.

John Kennedy has an Advanced Diploma in Counselling. He graduated 10 years ago. During his studies his placement was at the PF Counselling Service. He continued to work there for another year after graduating then set up a private practice. He has over the years worked with a variety of clients. In addition to counselling John also works for the Department of Health and Social Care in Edinburgh where he helps run a community based project for adults with learning difficulties. This work has taught him about how much impact respectful, nourishing and supportive relationships can make to people’s lives. 

The main counselling model John works with is person centred though he is influenced by creative therapies and psychodynamic theory and practice. 

What is counselling and how can it help?

Counselling is a gentle and supportive process. It sensitively encourages each person to express their story in their own way and at their own pace. It highly values the unique perspective that each of us has on life and on our particular situation. It creates a safe space to explore who you are and what you want.  Counselling is based on the belief that through learning to value and accept our thoughts and feelings we gain a better understanding of ourselves. This increased self-awareness and acceptance of who we are means we can begin to re-connect to our in-built knowledge of what is best for us. These insights give us the opportunity to choose more fulfilling ways of living our lives.

People come to counselling for all sorts of reasons. Whether it's an unresolved moment from your past, an area needing attention in the present or the desire for life to take a new direction, counselling offers you the time and space you need to explore. 

Coming to counselling for the first time can feel a little daunting and people aren't always sure what to expect. It may feel difficult to pick up the phone and make that first appointment especially when things are tough. Many people have been glad that they took that first step. 

You can contact John directly. Feel free to give him a call. He’s happy to have a chat and arrange an initial appointment. 

August 26, 2020 — Shopify API