CHANGES is a Community Health Project which promotes the positive wellbeing of people living in East Lothian.

Contact us on 0131 653 3977

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

CBT focuses on the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviour.

Your CBT therapist will work jointly with you to help you identify what is keeping problems going, and introduce ways to change unhelpful thinking and behaviour. Although CBT may consider how the past affects you, the main focus is on the ‘here and now’. You will agree goals for therapy with your therapist and there will be homework – tasks to help you practice skills to address your problems in a practical way.

People come to CBT with a broad range of issues. It is suitable for more significant or specific problems such as anxiety, depression, panic attacks, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) or Trauma/Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

We offer CBT to people over 18 and appointments are weekly or fortnightly and each session lasts about 50 minutes. There is no set number of sessions offered, but you can expect to work with you therapist for around 3 months.

Most of our CBT appointments are daytime, but we do have Monday evening appointments. Unfortunately, the waiting time for CBT is usually around 4 months.

What Do I do if I want CBT?

Contact us on 0131 653 3977 and ask for a CBT consultation. This is a one hour session with a CBT therapist to explore what you are looking for from CBT and to ensure CHANGES is the right place for you. If we think you would benefit from longer term or a different type of therapy, we will help you find the best option for you.

The waiting time for a CBT consultation is usually around 5 – 6 weeks.


If you would like to look through some self help material whist you are waiting you can find useful links below.

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What's On

Relaxation Workshops
First Thursday of every month
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Please wear comfortable clothing.  You may wish to bring the following, although they will be provided if required:


  • Yoga mat
  • Blanket
  • Cushion
First Steps Towards Positive Mental Health & Wellbeing
Starts: 02/05/2019
Ends: 13/06/2019
10:00am - 12 noon
Stress Control Course
Starts: 18/04/2019
Ends: 23/05/2019
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Fisherrow Centre, Musselburgh

Contact us on 0131 653 3977