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CBT Therapy

CBT Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a psychological approach based on scientific principles which research has shown to be effective for a wide range of problems. It is evidenced based with hundreds of clinical trials and is included in the NICE guidelines (National Institute of Clinical Excellence). Client and therapist work together to identify and understand problems in terms of the client’s thoughts, feelings and behaviour and how they impact them. The approach relies on the client and therapist developing a shared view of the problems brought to therapy. This then leads to the identification of personalised, time limited therapy goals and planning of effective proven strategies to overcomeproblems.

The focus of therapy is to enable the client and therapist to generate solutions to the client’s problems that are more helpful than their present ways of coping. This often involves the client using the time between sessions to try out strategies considered in therapy.

Therapy involves weekly 1 hour sessions face to face at my clinic. In the first two sessions a plan will be jointly agreed so that effective strategies can be tailored to help the client with the root cause of their problems. Therapy can last up to 20 sessions although this could be less or more depending on the nature of the problem and the length of time it has affected the person. This would be reviewed regularly by client and therapist.

Some symptoms that describe how you feel. Often it is not always easy to know the exact problem, so underneath are some descriptions often said to me that we can look together to understand how it impacts on you

  • Depression
  • Reoccurring distressing thoughts
  • Busy mind (ruminating)
  • Tearfulness
  • poor sleep patterns
  • Loss of appetite
  • Low energy
  • Tiredness
  • Hopelessness
  • Self harm
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Excessive worry
  • Sleep loss
  • Issues with Personality
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Phobias
  • Poor concentration
  • Stress
  • Palpitations
  • Trauma
  • Flashbacks
  • Nightmares
  • Anger
  • Self Confidence
  • Perfectionism
  • Social Anxiety
  • Obsessive
    Compulsive disorder
  • Excessive washing or checking
  • Compulsions
  • Chronic pain
  • Excessive worry
  • Sleep loss
  • Issues with Personality
    Perfectionism Social Anxiety
  • Obsessive
  • Compulsive disorder
  • Excessive washing or checking
  • Compulsions
  • Chronic pain