Beating The Blues Computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

The Beating the Blues, Computerised CBT (cCBT) Service is hosted by Psychological Services.

Staff involved in supporting the service are:

  • Ross McCole (cCBT Coordinator)
  • Anne O’Neill (Administration Manager)
  • Dr Katie Whyte (Consultant Clinical Psychologist)

The Beating the Blues team are based within the Department of Psychological Services at Mountainhall Treatment Centre.

The Service can be accessed across Dumfries and Galloway from home PCs/laptops or computers and smart phones and at community locations such as local libraries.

What We Do

The Beating the Blues Service:

  • Is a free confidential online Cognitive Behaviour Therapy programme.
  • The programme is for adults experiencing mild to moderate anxiety and/ or depression.
  • 18 years and over.
  • Access is arranged within days of referral and the programme is available 24/7.
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is an evidence based approach for treating anxiety and depression.
  • CBT helps people change the way they think and behave to help them feel better.

What does the programme involve:

It is easy to use and consists of eight sessions that have 3-4 15/20 minute long modules. Each session roughly takes 1 hour.

  • It is interactive encouraging you to complete tasks in between sessions and learn CBT techniques to help with your depression and or anxiety.
  • Video case examples of other people’s experiences are followed to aid your own understanding.

Supports you to set goals and make positive changes.

Referral Information

Who is Beating the Blues suitable for?

 Adults aged 18 and over experiencing mild to moderate anxiety and or depression.

  • If you have access to a PC/laptop with internet connection, a smart phone or can attend a community location (i.e. local library).
  • If you are able to commit to completing eight online sessions lasting between 15/20 minutes.
  • If you are motivated to making positive changes in your life.
  • If you are able to understand self help material with a reading age of 10-11 years.

 How do I get referred:

The service will accept referrals from GPs across Dumfries and Galloway.

What happens when you are referred:

 Our cCBT coordinator will contact you via telephone, letter or email to help you set up the programme and will support you with any technical issues.

Contact us

The Beating the Blues, Computerised CBT Service (cCBT) is based at:

Computerised CBT Service
Department of Psychological Services & Research 
Mountainhall Treatment Centre
Bankend Road

Tel. 01387 244495, 
Open Monday to Friday, 8.30am-5pm, for enquiries.

More Information

If you would like to find out more information on Beating the Blues, including a demonstration video, which is openly accessible, please visit the Beating the Blues website or ask your GP.

Please note: This website states that the programme costs £60 to sign up to, however the programme is completely free if you are referred by your GP.