Robert Fulton- Owner & Psychotherapist
Robert is an accredited cognitive behavioural therapist with a Postgraduate Diploma in CBT (SCQF level 11) with experience of working with a wide variety of issues including anxiety disorders, depression, OCD, anger, self-harming behaviours, low self-esteem and more. Robert has a demonstrated ability as a therapist, achieving positive treatment outcomes with around 100 clients.
Robert has an honours degree in Psychology from the University of Strathclyde. He studied all aspects of human psychology and focused on self-esteem for his own research and dissertation. Robert founded Progress (as its predecessor organisation RFCBT) in 2019 as a way to bring therapy to as many people as possible. Robert felt that therapy is key to mental health for many people but is often inaccessible. “Private therapy often averages £40-60 per session. I didn’t feel comfortable with the idea of therapy being something only people of a high income can access. There are many wonderful organisations offering free services but waiting lists can be months or years long. I wanted to use my skills and qualifications to make it accessible for as many people as possible privately. Walking with clients on their journey has been such an honour”. As well as running Progress, Robert is an associate therapist for a larger clinic and works as a children’s counsellor in East Ayrshire schools.
Arlene Thomson- Associate Psychotherapist
Arlene is a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT), with a PG Diploma (SCQF level 11) in CBT and Groupwork. She is a member of BABCP, working towards full accreditation. Arlene’s background consists of extensive professional experience working with children, young people and families within a variety of settings within Social Work. Se also volunteers with Well Being Scotland, working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
Arlene began to support Progress in 2020, helping reduce Robert’s waiting list and ensure people were seen in a timely way. She agreed to formally associate with Progress in April 2021. “I am delighted to have joined as an associate with Progress Psychotherapy. I recognise it can be a difficult time when experiencing uncertainty and distress, often feeling it is too difficult to sometimes talk to the people closest to us. Often speaking to someone out with the situation can help. I am a warm and genuine person with a passion to helping others to work through their difficulties and make the most of their lives. Counselling can offer a valuable safe and secure space and I offer this, to listen and build up a trusting working relationship with you. By looking at your thoughts, feelings. beliefs about self and patterns of behaviour to empower you to learn new skills and techniques to move forward in your life.”