Live life the way you want to live it

Our physical and emotional wellbeing go hand in hand. You may have begun to feel that your anxieties and worries are dictating the way you live your life.  Perhaps you no longer enjoy the things that you used to and get no sense of achievement in what you do. You want to make changes but you are not sure how to begin.

About me

I graduated from Edinburgh University with a Masters Degree in Psychology in 1985. I have studied at Post Graduate level with the Charlie Waller Institute (CWI) at Reading University and at the University of Hertfordshire where I was awarded a Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).  I am a fully accredited member of the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). I am married with four children.

I have worked for the NHS (CAMHS) in a specialist eating disorder team and for the Priory Hospital Group. I was the School Counsellor in a large academy in the South East of England offering support to students and staff and a part-time lecturer on a post graduate CBT degree course at the University of Hertfordshire. I currently have my own private practice in central Edinburgh providing a professional and confidential service for adults, children and adolescents. I offer supervision to other CBT therapists. 


Alison Cuthbert

Alison Cuthbert

What is CBT?

Central to the workings of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is that our interpretation of an event or experience affects our responses to it. I will work collaboratively with you, exploring worries and anxieties that may be new to you or may have been difficult for you to manage for many years. I will help you to explore these and then help to give you knowledge and understanding – a tool kit that will allow you to live your life as you want to, to enable you to feel confident about managing your life and to feel good about yourself and the world around you.  I have an integrative approach to therapy and draw upon other modalities if it is appropriate.

CBT is one of the most effective forms of psychotherapy and is an excellent evidence based therapy for all anxiety disorders and depression. It can also help resolve relationship issues, handle stress better, help improve your self-esteem and self confidence in your professional life as well as personal. It is a closed end therapy with the emphasis from the start of treatment for you to learn to manage your life so you do not become dependant on therapy. 

One of the most important aspects of undertaking any therapy is the relationship that you build with your therapist as this will determine how well you respond to treatment and give you the best opportunity of achieving your goals for treatment.

How does it work?

CBT sessions are one to one except when working with families and younger children. These are usually weekly at the start of treatment and the number of sessions required will vary depending upon personal need and response to treatment. Sessions last for one hour. 


CBT is an effective treatment for a variety of psychological issues including:

  • Depression and low mood
  • Low self-esteem and confidence
  • Anxiety disorders including OCD, Panic and Agoraphobia
  • Phobias
  • Self-harm
  • Perfectionism
  • Eating Disorders
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Relationship problems
  • Alcohol and Drug use
  • Chronic Pain
  • IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
  • Professional and Employment issues



Fees will be agreed before your first appointment. I am recognised by most private health insurers including BUPA, Nuffield, CIGNA, AXA PPP, Optima.


4A Great Stuart Street