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 at a large academy in the South East of England offering support to students and staff.

I am a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire.   I currently have my own private practice and consult both in central Edinburgh and Aberdeenshire, 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 CBT is that our interpretation of an event affects our responses to it. CBT is based on the concept that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are all interconnected, and that negative thoughts and feelings can trap you in a vicious cycle. 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. Together, we will explore these to understand how they developed and how they are being maintained and then look at new more helpful ways of managing things to allow you to live your life in a more rewarding way.  I take an integrative approach to therapy and draw upon other modalities including ACT, if it is appropriate.

CBT is an evidence based therapy and one of the most effective forms of psychotherapy for treating all anxiety disorders and depression. It can also help resolve relationship issues, help to handle stress better, improve your self-esteem and self- confidence in both your personal and professional life. It is a closed end therapy with the emphasis from the start of treatment,  for you to learn to manage yourself so you do not become dependent on therapy. The number of sessions that you will need is dependant upon a number of factors and will be discussed when we meet. 

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. I have experience of working with all ages and have worked with clients as young as 4 years old. 

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 approximately one hour. I work from home in Edinburgh and Aberdeenshire and I am also able to make home visits if necessary.  In addition I consult remotely over Zoom, FaceTime or similar. 


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.


EDINBURGH PRACTICE : Albany Street Clinic, 36A Albany Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3QH

ABERDEENSHIRE PRACTICE : Candycraig, Dinnet, Aboyne, AB34 5PL