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Catriona Taylor

CBT Therapist

About Catriona:
Works as CBT Therapist at First Psychology Centre, Borders.

Languages spoken:

  • English
Catriona Taylor is a CBT therapist who works with individual adults with a wide range of issues and problems including: anxiety (general, social, health); low mood/depression; stress; abuse; anger/aggression; assertiveness; bereavement/grief; chronic illness; eating and body image issues; gender/sexual identity; life transitions; loneliness; low self-esteem; mindfulness; obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD); phobias; post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); relaxation; and many other issues.

She has particular experience working with people with anxiety disorders, depression and trauma and a special interest in working with people who have experienced trauma and complex trauma. 

Catriona's way of working

Catriona is an empathic counsellor / therapist who works in a collaborative way with each client to help them achieve their goals and to feel better. Catriona uses cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) treatment plans as a basis for her therapy work, which provide a structure to sessions. She combines this approach with other therapeutic skills, such as person-centred listening skills and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy where she feels they may be helpful for an individual. As a trained artist, Catriona sometimes also uses expressive art therapy in conjunction with CBT.  

Catriona's background and training

Catriona has worked in a number of roles in a range of settings with the aim of supporting mental wellbeing. These include as a volunteer therapist working with a variety of clients and issues; working in a hospital setting delivering art workshops to enable people to express their emotions and feelings in a non-verbal way; and facilitating art based projects in the field of mental health. In addition, Catriona directed a short film about mental health and young people which was shown in a number of secondary schools in the central belt as well as in Edinburgh and Heriot Watt Universities. 

Catriona has a Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Group Work, a Certificate in Counselling from Edinburgh College and a Certificate in Art Therapy from Queen Margaret University. Catriona also has an MFA in Fine Art from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee and a BA degree in Drawing and Paining from Edinburgh College of Art. 

Catriona is accredited by the BABCP (British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapy). 


Catriona's fee

Catriona charges £85 a session for self-funding clients. She also works with clients referred via their employer/organisation – for further details, please visit First Psychology Assistance.