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About Dr Joe Armstrong


Dr Armstrong is the owner and Clinical Director at CBT Solutions Scotland. He is a fully qualified and Accredited Cognitive Behavioural TherapistEMDR PractitionerCounsellor and Mental Health Professional with over 25 years’ experience of helping people to overcome and cope better with a wide range of emotional, psychological and life problems.

Background & experience

Dr Armstrong’s original training was in mental health nursing, and he has continued to maintain his professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which is the professional body for nursing in Britain. During his 10 year nursing career in the NHS, he had the opportunity to work in both hospital and community-based mental health settings as a nurse and therapist with people who were experiencing acute as well as severe and enduring mental health problems, and also people who had problems related to drug and alcohol use.

As well as his experience in the NHS, he has worked as a psychotherapist in a private hospital specialising in eating disorders, and for almost 10 years he worked in the Voluntary Sector in Scotland where he developed and managed a new counselling service for people with a wide range of mental health problems. He has also had more than 10 years experience as a university lecturer teaching on postgraduate Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Counselling courses as well and mental health programmes.

His professional and clinical experience have instilled in him the importance of building good working relationships with clients, accurately assessing their problems, clarifying their goals and expectations, and working in a flexible and collaborative way to ensure each client gets the most benefit from their therapy.

Clinical expertise and special interests

Dr Armstrong has particular expertise in CBT for DepressionAnxiety Disorders such as Social AnxietyHealth AnxietyPanic Disorder as well as Generalised Anxiety Disorder and Worry. He has extensive experience of working with people experiencing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder related to physical and sexual assault/abuse and road traffic accidents.

Professional & academic qualifications

  • PhD in Counselling - University of Abertay Dundee
  • MSc in Counselling Studies - University of Abertay Dundee
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (Distinction) - University of Dundee
  • RMN (Registered Mental Health Nurse) - East Surrey School of Nursing & Midwifery.

He has also completed accredited training in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and certificated training in Solution Focused Brief Therapy with Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg, the originators of this approach, at the NIK Institute, Bremen, Germany.

Professional memberships

Dr Armstrong is a member of the following professional bodies and abides by their codes of ethics for good practice and professional conduct:

  1. British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)
  2. British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
  3. EMDR Association UK and Ireland (EMDR)
  4. Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

Please feel free to get in touch if you require evidence of his qualifications and memberships. 

How do I book an appointment with Dr Armstrong?

You can make an appointment in the following ways:

Book Online | Call: 0330 223 1743 | Email: info@cbtsolutions-scotland.co.uk

If you are still unsure about making an appointment why not get in touch to arrange a Free 15-minute Call to discuss your concerns and clarify how I might be able to help.


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Accreditations & Affiliations

© CBT Solutions Scotland. CBT Solutions Scotland is a trading name for Armstrong Psychological Services.
A Limited Company registered in Scotland at Hudson House, 8 Albany Street, Edinburgh EH1 3QB. Company number: SC466554.

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