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My name is Alice McCann and I am a CBT Therapist. I completed my COSCA Counselling Skills Certificate where I gained Counselling skills. I then trained as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (Dip CBT and Groupwork). II am a 1st Audit Accredited member of BABCP (2023)  and I have recently submitted my Full Accreditation which I hope to gain later this year (2024). Gaining accreditation is an important process for me. It means I must work within BABCP guidelines and am continuously learning and growing. I think this helps me to be the best therapist I can be for my valued clients.  I am fully insured, have a current Disclosure check. 

I worked within Social Care for over 20 years before training as a therapist. I gained so much experience from working mostly with young people affected by homelessness and working with children and families within schools. I have worked as a Secondary School Counsellor in Glasgow, and I have also been a `Roots of Empathy Instructor` within North Lanarkshire primary schools which is a Canadian programme designed to help increase empathy in children (which then reduces bullying etc).  I gained many skills while working within Social Care as well as a deeper understanding of attachment and its impact on people especially younger people who I worked with the most.

I have had training in addition to my CBT Diploma which I now feel is invaluable in my current work. I gained much of this from working for Action for Children and now through my current work for Xyla Services which serves NHS Patients mostly in England. My additional training includes ; ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences); Solihull Approach and Solihull Approach to Understanding Trauma; `Understanding Dads`; Boarding School Syndrome; ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training); Trans Awareness; Working with Refugees; Autism Awareness; ADHD; Parenting; `Anxiety and Young People`; `Loss and Grief`: `Motivational Interviewing` , `Understanding the impact of social media on Young People` and more recently CBT based training on Perfectionism, PTSD and OCD. 

My hope is that once I have gained full accreditation with BABCP, I will then train in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization And Reprocessing) which is very helpful to those suffering PTSD.

I started a CBT and Wellbeing group for males over 16 within the Coatbridge area of North Lanarkshire called `Men Talk 2 ` with my colleague Paul Stanton in April 2023 and we gained funding later that year which meant the group was available to local males free of charge for a full year. I have now passed on the running of this group (May 2024) to Paul and our colleagues Victoria Scott and Thomas Simpson who have been facilitating the group since late 2023. This is something I am extremely proud of and feel excited about the future for `Men Talk 2` and continue to support and promote the group. I have a page dedicated to it on this site. 


"I always felt relaxed with you. I was terrified beforehand that I wouldn’t be able to speak but I was okay."

- Client

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