Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, Counsellor and Trauma Specialist

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

cbtDuring times of mental distress, people think differently about themselves and what happens to them. Their thoughts can become extreme and unhelpful and this can worsen how a person feels, creating the potential for them to begin behaving in ways that prolongs or adds to their distress.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a state-of-the-art, highly effective approach to treating psychological difficulties. It is essentially a method that helps a person to identify, correct or modify errors in what he or she is thinking or doing that produces negative or painful feelings. These mistaken or worried thoughts can also influence a person’s behavioural to the extent that they result in unhelpful choices or responses and prevent a person from being able to function as they would like to, thereby limiting their growth potential or enjoyment of life. The course of treatment in CBT is typically brief, and people usually experience relatively rapid relief and enduring progress, during and after treatment.
CBT has proven to be one of the most powerful and successful types of psychological treatment in outcome studies conducted over the past several decades and due to the availability of literature and training of professionals in CBT, it currently enjoys widespread popularity, and is practiced by many qualified professionals throughout the World.
In the UK the practice of CBT is governed by the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (www.babcp.com) and after several years of supervised practice, a Therapist fully trained in this approach, can apply to the BABCP to be recognised as an accredited practitioner provided they reach the high standards of supervised clinical and ethical practice expected by this governing body; members of the public can check via the website above to check if the Therapist you want to work with has met their standards.

What can I expect?

Client and Therapist work together to identify and understand problems in terms of relationships between thoughts, feelings and behaviours. The approach usually focuses on difficulties in the here and now, and relies on the Therapist and client developing a shared view of the individuals problems, which then leads on to the development of personalised, time-limited therapy goals and strategies which are continually monitored and evaluated. Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapists work with individuals, families and groups and the approaches can be used to help anyone irrespective of ability, culture, race, gender or sexual preference.
During your first appointment, your therapist will carry out a full assessment and put together an individual treatment plan detailing the goals and objectives that you want to achieve.

How often will I need to attend?

Therapy sessions are usually conducted on a weekly basis initially, are 60 minutes long and organised over an agreed number of sessions with reviews taking place at the end of each session. Therapy aims to help you manage your problems by changing how you think and act by finding practical ways to improve your state of mind and how you behave on a daily basis.

Issues for Counselling
and Psychotherapy

  • Anxiety & Panic attacks.
  • Phobias (Agoraphobia, Social Phobia).
  • Depression.
  • Obsessive compulsive Disorder (OCD).
  • Post-traumatic Stress disorder (PTSD).
  • Health anxiety.
  • Anger,
  • Drug & Alcohol problems.
  • Chronic fatigue/ME.
  • Sleep problems.
  • Chronic pain.
  • Bereavement, grief and loss issues.
  • Relationship problems.
  • Domestic violence.
  • Low self-esteem.
  • Exam/Test anxiety.
  • Performance anxiety.
  • Post-natal depression.
  • Sexual issues.
  • Suicidal thoughts.
  • Adoption issues.
  • Bullying.
  • Physical Abuse.
  • Self-harm.
  • Affairs and betrayals.
  • Emotional abuse.
  • Low self-confidence.
  • Stress – including work place stress.