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Joe Armstrong

Joe Armstrong

CBT Case Studies

These case studies reflect some of the most common psychological problems that can be overcome effectively with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). They are based on 'real' clients that we have worked with in clinical practice. To protect their confidentiality, the clients described in each case study is based on a 'composite' of a number of different client experiences.

You may find reading them helpful in understanding what it is like to experience these conditions, and perhaps clarify if your own experience resonates with any of the clients in the case studies. We hope you find them interesting and useful, and that they give you some hope that it is possible to overcome a range of problems with CBT.

Social Anxiety

Most people feel anxious in social situations at some point. This is quite 'normal'. However, for some people social events can trigger fear and anxiety that they recognise is out of proportion and perhaps exaggerated. Nonetheless, the person may feel anxious far in advance of the event itself, which may cause them to avoid such situations or if that isn't possible they try to endure and cope with them as best they can. Either way, social anxiety can limit an individual in terms of their performance at work, relationships and overall enjoyment of life.

To read the social anxiety case study click here


Depression is a common mental health problem that affects millions of people around the world. It does not repsect social status, ability or wealth. In fact, many famous and highly successful people struggle with depression. And it is definitely not a sign of weakness or inadequacy. Depression can be precipitated by prolonged periods of stress and exhaustion, physical illness, traumatic experiences (even going back to childhood), problems in our personal and family relationships, difficulties at work or unemployment, bereavement or other challenging life events.

The key themes in depression tend to be about loss of some sort, feelings of inferiority and shame, and a sense of being defeated and trapped by our circumstances. When we are depressed we may find that we have a loss of energy, motivation and interest in doing things, have problems sleeping and concentrating, feel bad about ourselves and that we are a burden to others. We may feel agitated or the opposite and be really slowed down and lethargic. It is also not uncommon for a person experiencing depression to believe that life is not worth living and that things are hopeless, which can turn to thoughts of death or even taking ones own life to escape what seems like an intolerable situation. However, it's important to remember that these are signs of depression and that with the right help and support it is possible to overcome depression and get your life back on track.

To read the depression case study click here

More CBT Case Studies Coming Soon!

How do I access CBT treatment

Dr Joe Armstrong is an Accredited CBT Therapist. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you would like to book an appointment for an initial face-to-face consultation or to have a free, no-obligation telephone consultation to discuss your concerns and find out how CBT could help you overcome your problems:

To Book an Appointment - please  Click Here

Or Call: 0330 223 1743

What are the fees for CBT treatment?

I offer a Free 15-minute Telephone Call to discuss your concerns and clarify how I might be able to help before booking an appointment.

Alternatively, you may wish to book a no-obligation Initial Assessment Consultation for a detailed assessment of your problems/needs and receive an outline plan of how therapy could help you overcome your problems. At the end of the assessment consultation, you will have an opportunity to discuss the type(s) of therapy that may best suit your needs, and be given an estimate to the number of sessions needed so that you will be clear about the investment you are making in your health and well-being in terms of the overall cost of your therapy, and also in relation to the time and effort required to get your life back on track.

The no-obligation assessment consultation may help you decide if you would like to engage in therapy at this stage and whether or not I am the right therapist for you.

Initial (no-obligation) Consultation - £85

Individual CBT Session - £85 for each one hour session

Couples (CBT) - This is not a service I offer at present.

Fees for CBT treatment reflect the specialist nature of this therapy, my accredited status with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) as a CBT therapist, extensive clinical experience and the value of the service I offer to my clients. If you choose to have CBT treatment with me, you can be assured of a high quality service and that my training and experience means that I am equipped with the skills and knowledge to help you to overcome your problems as quickly as possible.

Payment can be made by cash or cheque at the end of each session or via bank transfer in advance or each session.

For more information about CBT, please visit the website for the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies or NHS Choices.

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Appointments available in Dundee, Perth and Dollar

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

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