What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?
CBT, is a talking therapy, which has been proven to help treat a wide range of emotional and physical health conditions in adults, and young people. CBT looks at how we think about a situation and how this affects the way we act. In turn our actions can affect how we think and feel.
We will work together, and look at how you can change any negative patterns of thinking, or behaviour, that may be causing you difficulties. In turn, this can change the way you feel.
CBT is a collaborative relationship, and during your sessions, you will learn a set of skills that you can apply whenever you need to. You will hopefully find them useful long after you have left therapy.
CBT can be an effective therapy for a number of problems:
- Panic Attacks
- Low Self Esteem
- Eating Problems
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Health Anxiety
- Anger Management
There is a great deal of evidence to show that CBT works effectively in treating depression. This research has been carefully reviewed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), and is the recommended treatment for anxiety disorders.
CBT can be used if you are taking medication prescribed by your GP. It can also be used on its own, depending on the issue you would like help with.
The number of CBT sessions you need will also depend on the issue you need help with. Often this will be between six and 20 weekly sessions (which will be discussed and agreed with you).
Some Cognitive Behavioural Therapists do not place a great deal of emphasis on the relationship. I believe that the relationship matters. Consequently, I offer Relational CBT.
I am a member of the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), the lead organisation for CBT in the UK. If you’re unsure if CBT is the right therapy for you, you are welcome to contact me to discuss it in more detail.