Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or CBT for short, is an Evidence-Based psychotherapy that offers effective ways of change and explores the relationship between thinking, emotions and behaviours and helps you to understand the unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaving you establish and to help you reverse them. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for a range of anxiety and depressive disorders.
CBT can be delivered on a one-to-one face-to-face basis, or remotely over the telephone or Skype depending on your requirements. Please ask us to tell you about our approach to treatment. We would encourage you to consider setting up an evaluation visit to see how comfortable you feel talking with us.
- Learning about your presenting condition
- Identifying troubling situations or conditions in your life
- Becoming more aware of your thoughts, emotions and beliefs about these problems
- Identify negative or inaccurate thinking
- Reshape negative or inaccurate thinking
CBT aims to enable people to develop the knowledge and skills required to manage your own difficulties, whilst helping you to become your own therapist. CBT is a collaborative process and we will work closely with you in order to modify unhelpful thoughts and behaviours to bring about emotional change. As treatment progresses you will learn repertoire of strategies that will help you overcome the problem and feel more control of your thoughts and emotions.
What to Expect During CBT
CBT sessions are normally arranged on a weekly basis. A typical session will last 60 minutes. Session requirements differ, therefore we are unable to be precise about how many sessions are required as it depends on each individual presentation and your therapeutic goals. CBT is generally considered short-term therapy, somewhere between 6 to 20 sessions. Session requirement can discussed at initial assessment in order to determine how many sessions may be right for you.
Work between sessions is a vital component of CBT. During our sessions we will work out what might be maintain your problem and working out what might happen if we do things in a different way. From this shared understanding we then set up a practical way of trying something different which becomes a homework task to practice.
The aim of CBT is for you to become your own therapist and we will work with you to become equipped with the adaptive skills, which will help you to deal more effectively with the ups and downs of our daily life.
How Many Sessions?
The number of cognitive therapy sessions depends on your presenting issues. Cognitive behavioural therapy tends to be short term when the presenting issues are non-complex. At the first consultation you can discuss how many sessions may be indicated.
What Does CBT Help?
As Cognitive Behavioural Therapists this is where our expertise lies. Our areas of expertise is in working with adults who have emotional disorders. The list below is by no means exhaustive, so please contact us to discuss your concerns in further detail:
- Health Anxiety
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Social Anxiety
- Self confidence and self-esteem
- Sleep difficulties
- Specific phobias
- Low self-esteem
- Excessive worry
- Eating disorders
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Military related issues
- Relationship difficulties
- Bereavement and Grief reactions
- Work related stress
- Stress and adjustment issues
CBT has become increasingly popular over the last few years and as a result of this demand, some non-CBT trained therapists are calling themselves CBT therapists. When choosing a CBT therapist, it is important to establish what type of training they have had. Many therapists have covered some aspects of CBT training, but this does not qualify them as CBT practitioners. There is a significant difference between a recognised CBT course and a qualified CBT practitioner compared to other types of therapists or counsellors who have covered some elements of CBT. Check for credentials. CBT is a very specific technical skill so inquire about training so you can be confident the therapist knows what he or she is doing. Please click the link to ensure you are working with an accredited CBT therapist.