Progress uses effective, evidence based psychotherapy treatment models based on the CBT approach. This includes newer CBT compatible approaches like Schema therapy, MBCT, DBT and CFT to offer a good range of treatments suited to you. If you don’t know which one to choose CBT is a good default as it has a broad range of treatment plans likely to help with just about anything.

Cognitive behavioural therapy

Recommended for depression, generalised anxiety, health anxiety, insomnia, low self-esteem, OCD, panic disorder, PTSD and social anxiety.

CBT is an evidence based psychotherapy that examines thought and behavioural patterns to provide alter negative perceptions and improve mental health. It’s main benefit is having a range of treatment plans for many psychological issues making it the current mainstream in psychotherapy and the best option for most people.

Schema Therapy

Recommended for long term work on emotional issues and childhood neglect

Schema therapy is a longer term approach focused on gaining a deep understanding of your distress, personality and how unmet emotional needs from early life are playing out in the here and now. It is particularly useful if the person experiences great emotional distress and other, faster methods have not been successful.

Mindfulness based cognitive therapy

Recommended for rumination, a treatment based on meditation or people with a history of relapsing depressive episodes.

MBCT is an approach designed to merge CBT with mindfulness based stress reduction techniques. It is believed to work by turning your attention to the present and breaking certain thinking patterns that maintain distress. It is also a useful alternative to CBT  or an extension to CBT, having impressive relapse prevention benefits for people with recurring bouts of depression.

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy

Recommended for emotional regulation and distress tolerance

DBT is a CBT aligned method for people who have issues regulating emotions. It is based on findings that people who were historically considered to be emotionally unstable just feel deeply but were never taught the skills to manage this, such as those who were emotionally neglected. DBT can teaches skills of distress tolerance, acceptance and positive self-development. 

Compassion focused therapy

Recommended for shame, guilt, self-criticism and anger. 

CFT is another CBT aligned approach that uses concepts from evolutionary psychology. Clients build information and skills about why they do things from a non-judgemental perspective. This creates a compassionate self image as a replacement to the image the person feels shame for.

Self-refer online

You can self-refer online using the form below. We then send you over a contract to sign and you are ready to go. Once you have had your application accepted you can book your session (you must have your referral accepted first or your booking is automatically cancelled). You can also book manually with the therapist by email. Once you have a confirmed booking you can pay by direct bank transfer. Pricing is £40 per session for private clients. Corporate, EAP and private healthcare referrals are £50 due to extra admin time. Sometimes a waiting list will be in operation, please email Robert if you want to know how long this is before starting.

Sessions can take place in-person at the office in the Ingram Enterprise Centre, 30 John Finnie Street, Kilmarnock. Or online via Google Meet or Microsoft Teams. 

Robert is an accredited cognitive behavioural therapist with an honours degree in psychology and a Postgraduate Diploma in CBT. He has experience of working with anxiety disorders, depression, OCD, PTSD, anger, self-harming behaviours, low self-esteem and more. Robert has achieved positive treatment outcomes with hundreds of clients. 

Robert founded Progress 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 ranges from £50-80 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”.

To Discuss you referral or if you have any questions, you can contact Robert by email or phone on 07544940018.