CBT & EMDR Therapy
At SMART Psychotherapy we offer a private and confidential service delivering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement and Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI).
Psychological therapy is tailored to individual needs in order to help you achieve your goals. CBT and EMDR are recommended for common mental health presentations and are also recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) to treat the following clinical presentations. Please be advised this list is not exhaustive:
- Clinical Depression
- Social Anxiety
- Specific Phobias (Eg. Vomiting, Flying, Needles, Blood)
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Low Self-Esteem and loss of Self-Worth
- Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Health Anxiety
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
- Work Related Stress
- Anger and Irritability
- Altered Body Image
- Relationship Issues
How CBT Works
CBT works on the basis that the way we think and interpret life’s events affects how we behave and ultimately how we feel. CBT is described as a short-term psychological therapy often requiring anywhere between 6 – 20 sessions depending on your clinical presentation, however this can be discussed at our first meeting. More specifically, CBT is a problem-specific, goal-oriented approach that needs the individual’s active involvement to succeed. It focuses on your present-day challenges, thoughts, and behaviours. CBT is also time-limited, meaning the person knows when a course of CBT will end and you will have some idea of what to expect. EMDR can be a shorter or a longer term intervention depending on your clinical presentation.
CBT is known as a collaborative therapy; this requires you and your therapist to work together in order to help you to become your own therapist over a period of time. CBT can help you to make sense of, and gain new insights and understandings into problems that can often feel intense and overwhelming. CBT does this by helping you to break things down into specific areas that make it easier to see how thought, feelings and behaviours are linked and how they affect us using ways that seem both manageable and changeable. The result of which, helps you to feel more empowered.
CBT can help you to identify, and then begin to question and change how you think (cognitive), and learn ways of managing unpleasant emotions (feelings) and learn ways of coping and change what we do (behaviour). In doing this we aim to break and dismantle vicious/maintaining cycles that can lead to significant improvements in how you function and lead your life. An example of a vicious cycle is detailed underneath.
An example of a vicious cycle highlighting the link between Negative Automatic Thoughts (Cognitions), Feelings (Emotions), Physical Sensations and Maladaptive Behaviours is presented below. We call this the Mood – Thought – Behaviour connection:
How We Can Help
SMART Psychotherapy are able to offer you an appointment quickly and at a time that works around your commitments. We are committed, professional practitioners and continually update our knowledge and skills in order to ensure we deliver up-to-date evidence based psychological therapies to you. If you think CBT or EMDR would help you then we would welcome you getting in touch with us. At SMART Psychotherapy we do not require you to book in immediately for a 60 minute consultation, we can provide you with a short telephone consultation in order to get a better understanding of your current problems so that we can advise you of the most appropriate course of treatment. Furthermore, the therapeutic relationship should be an essential component of any Psychotherapy, therefore we always advise either speaking with or meeting with a therapist prior to booking your first appointment as it is essential that you feel comfortable with your chosen clinician as the therapeutic relationship is at the heart of therapy.