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Joe Armstrong




Joe Armstrong

About Dr Joe Armstrong


Dr Joe Armstrong Counselling Scotland

Dr Joe Armstrong, Clinical Director at CBT Counselling Scotland.

I am a fully qualified and Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, EMDR Practitioner, Counsellor and Mental Health Professional with over 25 years experience of helping people to overcome and cope better with a wide range of emotional, psychological and life problems.

My aim is to provide a high quality, professional and transparent service that focuses on tailoring my approach to your individual needs to ensure you get the most from your therapy experience. I am committed to working in an evidenced-based and research-informed way, so you can be assured that your therapy will be based on sound therapeutic principles and approaches that have been shown to be effective.

Background & experience

My original training was in mental health nursing, and I have continued to maintain my professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which is the professional body for nursing in Britain. During my 10 year nursing career in the NHS, I had the opportunity to work in both hospital and community-based mental health settings as a nurse and therapist with people who were experiencing acute as well as severe and enduring mental health problems, and also people who had problems related to drug and alcohol use.

As well as my experience in the NHS, I have worked as a psychotherapist in a private hospital specialising in eating disorders, and for almost 10 years I worked in the Voluntary Sector in Scotland where I developed and managed a new counselling service for people with a wide range of mental health problems. I have also had more than 10 years experience as a university lecturer teaching on postgraduate Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Counselling courses.

My professional and clinical experience have instilled in me a strong commitment to building a good working relationship with my clients, accurately assessing their problems, clarifying their goals and expectations, and working in a flexible and collaborative way to ensure each client gets the most benefit from their therapy.

Clinical expertise and special interests

Over the years, I have developed particular expertise in CBT for Depression, Anxiety Disorders such as Social Anxiety, Health Anxiety, Panic Disorder as well as Generalised Anxiety Disorder and Worry. I also have experience of working with people experiencing PosT-Traumatic Stress Disorder related to physical and sexual assault/abuse and road traffic accidents.

I have a special interest and expertise in CBT for Depression and Body Image Problems/Body Dysmorphic Disorder 

Professional & academic qualifications

  • PhD in Counselling - University of Abertay Dundee
  • MSc in Counselling Studies - University of Abertay Dundee
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (Distinction) - University of Dundee
  • RMN (Registered Mental Health Nurse) - East Surrey School of Nursing & Midwifery.

I have also completed accredited training in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and certificated training in Solution Focused Brief Therapy with Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg, the originators of this approach, at the NIK Institute, Bremen, Germany.

Professional memberships

I am a member of the following professional bodies and abide by their codes of ethics for good practice and professional conduct:

  1. British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).
  2. British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP).
  3. EMDR Association UK and Ireland (EMDR)
  4. Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

I am happy to provide evidence of my qualifications and memberships, so please don’t hesitate to ask should you wish to confirm my credentials.

How do I book an appointment with Dr Armstrong?

Please don't hesitate to get in touch with Dr Armstrong for an initial face-to-face consultation or to have a free, no-obligation telephone consultation to discuss your concerns and find out how he could help you overcome your problems:

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Call: 0330 223 1743

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Tel: 0330 223 1743 | Email: info@cbtcounsellingscotland.co.uk

Address for correspondence: Hudson House, 8 Albany Street, Edinburgh EH1 3QB