One to One Therapy

Life is a dynamic process; therefore, change is inevitable. But, change can be difficult to manage, if you don’t have the right support.

Do you need support to overcome your difficulties? If so, please continue reading. We may be able to help!

We know that everyone experiences difficulties at some time in their life.  Our aim is to provide you with a confidential service of the highest quality to enable you to overcome your difficulties.

Watch a video from one of our clients, Ashley MacDonald, who has given permission for his details to be used.

We are able to provide specialist treatment for a number of difficulties including:

  • Health anxiety
  • Generalised anxiety disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Low mood or depression
  • Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Social phobia
  • Other phobias (such as agoraphobia)
  • Low self esteem

We also offer flexible appointment times and a friendly and open approach. Additionally, if you are unable to travel, we are able to provide our services via Skype (Skype name: start.ability) for one to one therapy.

We use a number of techniques, including CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing), to help you overcome your difficulties.

More details about our specialist areas are listed below.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy


The basic theoretical concept guiding cognitive behavioural therapy can be traced back to the stoic philosopher Epictetus of ancient Rome, when he observed that, “People are disturbed not so much by events as by the view which they take of them.”

The primary aim of cognitive behavioural therapy is to relieve the emotional distress that you may be experiencing. With the support our service can provide, you can challenge any thoughts or behaviours that are having a negative impact on your daily life.

  • CBT is recommended as the most appropriate psychological treatment for anxiety and depression by the NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) Guidelines (2004).
  • CBT is time limited (agreed number of therapy sessions).
  • CBT involves the client undertaking work on overcoming their problem outside of the therapy session (homework assignment).
  • CBT involves the client working in a collaborative manner with the therapist.
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (E.M.D.R.)

The two primary aims of EMDR are firstly to heal any distressing associations that are linked to past traumatic events, and secondly, to enable you to  respond appropriately in the present.

A significant number of Randomized Controlled Trials (RCT’s) have provided evidence of the effectiveness of EMDR in the treatment of trauma related anxiety, i.e. post traumatic stress disorder.

EMDR is recommended as one of the two most appropriate psychological treatments for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) by the NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) Guidelines (March, 2005)

Psychological Effects of Long Term Health Conditions

Our service has experience of working with people who experience psychological distress associated with the onset of chronic ill health or impairments.

Additionally, the therapy provided by START Ability Services, when working with people who have long term health conditions is consistent with the recommendations outlined in the Chief Medical Officers Report (2002), which recommended the following interventions to promote recovery:

  • Goal/objective setting
  • Activity/energy management principles
  • Establishment of a sleep regime
  • Psychological support