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Our Therapists
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McDonald Mbira 

McDonald Mbira works with children (7-18yrs) and their families building excellent relationships to enable difficulties to be addressed through cognitive behavioural therapy. McDonald can support children struggling with difficulties such as social anxiety and shyness, school adjustment problems, low mood, low self-esteem, panic, bullying, exam stress. McDonald has qualified as a cognitive behavioural psychotherapist from the University of Derby, specialising in working with children and young people. 

Our Practice


Cleeve Therapy Group is an independent Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy service in Cheltenham. Launched in 2019, we offer support to children from the age of 7 – 18yrs and adults in and around Gloucestershire. Our services can be accessed via telephone, secure online video conferencing or the traditional face-to-face at our clinics in Cheltenham.

Cleeve Therapy Group offers you the space to explore your difficulties and guide you towards your goals. We offer cognitive behavioural therapy to both adults and children for a range of problems including depression, low self-esteem, stress and anxiety.

What is CBT 

Cognitive behavioural therapy is a talking therapy which helps to address difficulties such as depression and anxiety through discussing the links between how we think, how we behave, and how we feel, both emotionally and physically. It enables you to learn how and why problems might continue and what you can do to make gradual changes in thinking or behaviour to improve how you are feeling about situations, about yourself and about others.

CBT is a well researched therapy which has shown it is successful in treating anxiety and depression.

When working with both adults and children the relationship between the client and therapist is very important. Therefore, we work hard to ensure you feel comfortable to discuss your difficulties with us and to work with us to take on new challenges in working towards your goals.

Contact us for a discussion to see if this might be a suitable therapy for you.


Latest Clinic News:


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Children and Adolescents in Cheltenham

February 12, 2019


Launched in 2019 , Cleeve Therapy Group is proud to be part of this great community in Cheltenham offering  support to children and  young people struggling with emotional, behavioural and common mental health difficulties.

We provide evidence based CBT for depression , anxiety, confidence building,  loneliness , school transition school refusal and  exam stress. Our approach can integrate both parents and children in sessions, together and or separately. This is to ensure that the therapy is developed as a safe space, for young people, to address feelings, thoughts and emotions.



9 signs that you might be depressed.

March  13, 2019


  1. If you are finding it hard to enjoy, or you have no interest, in doing things that you usually enjoy doing. This can include socialising, leisure activities or hobbies. If you feel that you have no motivation in doing your normal day-to-day activities such as the washing up and your own self-care.  A general feeling of having no interest at all, and that you just cannot be bothered with anything.

  2. If you are feeling down, sad, depressed or hopeless most of the time. A feeling of doom and gloom, and that you just cannot seem to ‘see any light at the end of the tunnel.’

  3. When you find it difficult to go to sleep, or to stay asleep often waking during the night. You may also be sleeping too much, and waking up in the morning feeling like you still need more sleep, and just not feeling refreshed at all.

  4. Feeling generally tired or lethargic. You may feel like you have little or no energy at all, even though you have not done anything exerting to make you feel that way.

  5. You may have a poor appetite or be over eating. Some people will tend to eat more or ‘comfort eat’. Others may lose their appetite altogether, only eating when they really have to.

  6. Feeling bad about yourself. Believing you are a failure, that you have let yourself or your family down. This can be really difficult as some people can be very hard on themselves. They focus on what they believe are their weaknesses, rather than on their strengths. They can be extremely critical of themselves, adding further to their distressed state.

  7. You may have trouble concentrating on things, such as reading the newspaper or watching the television.

  8. Moving or speaking slowly in a way that is noticeable to others, or the complete opposite by being very fidgety or moving around a lot more than usual.

  9. Suicidal thoughts thinking that you would be better off dead, or thoughts of harming yourself in some way.

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