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What is CBT?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a combination of two models of clinically proven therapy:

  1. Cognitive Therapy - this helps change your thinking processes such as unwanted thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs (cognitive processes)
  2. Behavioural Therapy - this focuses on unwanted behaviour in response to those thoughts

Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies are psychological approaches which are based on scientific principles and which research has shown to be effective for a wide range of problems. CBT is the UK NHS National Institute for Clinical Excellence recomended "Best Practice" for a range of common problems including: Anxieties, Phobias, Obsessional Compulsive Disorder, Mild to Moderate depression.

The client and therapist work together to identify and understand problems in terms of the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviour. 

The approach usually focuses on difficulties in the here and now, and relies on the therapist and client developing a shared view of the individual's problems. This then leads to the identification of personalised, SMART  therapy goals and strategies which are continually monitored and evaluated. It is carrying out these agreed strategies that resolves the clients problems not talking to the therapist.

Can CBT help me?

CBT is effective for treating the following problems:

  • Anxiety and Panic Attacks
  • Depression
  • Obsessional Compulsive Disorder
  • Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Phobias
  • Eating problems
  • Anger Management
  • Sleep problems
  • Habits - such as facial tics
  • Drug or alcohol problems
  • Mood swings
  • Sexual and relationship problems
  • Sleep problems
  • Insomnia

If you have a problem that is not listed above and want to know if CBT is the best treatment for you please do not hesitate to contact me.

How long does treatment normally take?

This varies greatly upon the person and the severity of the problem. Also the success of CBT depends upon your active participation in the whole process, including completing homework assignments.

CBT is a relatively short treatment and for a few people with low severity problems you may only need one or two sessions. For a moderate severity you would approximately need six to eight sessions and for the more difficult to treat problems you could expect to need up to 12 sessions.