Welcome to Heather Macpherson psychotherapy. I offer a counselling and psychotherapy service based on a cognitive behavioral approach CBT, conducted at my therapy room in the town centre of Falkirk.
CBT is based on a scientific approach and is proven to be effective helping a number of issues. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. Its goal is to change the way you feel by changing thinking patterns and or the behaviors behind the difficulties. CBT can be used to help treat a wide range of issues in your life, from sleeping difficulties or relationship problems, to drug and alcohol abuse or anxiety and depression. CBT works by changing your attitudes and your behavior by focusing on and challenging the thoughts, images, beliefs and attitudes that are held (the cognitive processes) and how these processes relate to the way you behaves, as a way of dealing with your emotional problems.
Life does not always go to plan and sometimes we need extra help. Taking the first step and seeking help is a sign of courage. I work with you to find the best way forward. The traditional therapy setting does not work for everyone for this readon I also offer walking therapy. This is not a workout. The session takes place while walking round callendar park. The environment and gentle walking can help free new thoughts. There is great value and benefit in the surrounding. The traditional approach to therapy does not suit everyone and I believe in working in a way that is most effective for the person who is with me, as it is their journey.
The mental health charity Mind carried out extensive research a few years ago which showed how walking in the countryside could help reduce depression and anxiety. In their survey they reported that 71% of respondents felt decreased depression and less tense after a “green” walk, while 90% felt their self-esteem increase after a country walk. It is not just Mind that believes in the benefits of being out in green spaces - other mental health organisations and the NHS see the benefits. In fact any kind of exercise can help to reduce levels of stress, depression and anxiety.