How I Work

The first step

Identifying that you need professional help to treat your mental health, is the first step you will take on your CBT programme.

My role as your CBT therapist is to reassure you that you are making the right decision and to guide you through your personal journey to regaining control of your life again.

Getting in touch.

You can email me on or phone me (Joy Scholes) on 01462 700220.

We do not have to discuss the specifics of your mental health problem at this stage, although it can be helpful to give me a general indication so we can decide if I am the right person to help you.

How long are CBT session?

Sessions are confidential and last 50 minutes. It is easier if you have some time free during the day, as I have limited evening sessions. Appointments are usually Mondays and Thursdays. There are no evenings or weekend appointments.

Appointments take place in my consulting room in Langford, near Biggleswade, Bedfordshire. There is easy access from the A1 and easy parking on site. There is one small step up to access the room. It is wheelchair accessible.

Before the first session

I will send you a short (optional) questionnaire to complete about you and your condition. Many of my patients find this to be a useful exercise to reflect on their problem or issue that they want to discuss with me. and helps them to talk more freely in our sessions.

The first session, what to expect

The first session will cover important items relating to confidentiality and risk. I will probably ask more questions in order to get a better understanding of your current problem. You will have the opportunity to talk about what you would like to change using CBT and to experience what it might feel like to work with a therapist.

At the end of the first session, you can decide if it feels right to continue. We'll agree the initial number of sessions that will benefit you and confirm the dates and times for your next session.

For more information about CBT and how I can help you, please contact me on 01462 700220 or email

Joy Scholes Consultation Room

Regain control of your life.

"Joy seemed to 'get me' and my difficulties. She made links to the past to help me to better understand where I am now, but we quickly moved onto the more productive and practical aspects of the here and now, and for the future. Joy has helped me to view my life differently; feel more positive about myself ; take responsibility for my own stuff, but not other peoples’  and to believe in myself once again. I have gained tools to use to help me deal with whatever life throws at me in the future, always a work in progress, but very empowering."