Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an evidence based treatment that is recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE). It is the preferred treatment for a number of emotional and physical health problems such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, worry, phobias, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, health anxiety, social anxiety, postnatal depression, eating disorders and psychological adjustment to physical pain.
When things go wrong in life, it’s easy to get stuck in a repetitive spiral of negative thinking styles and behaviour patterns and end up feeling hopeless, anxious and depressed. CBT can help you identify your unique pattern of unhelpful thoughts, beliefs and behaviour that contribute to your distress. It can assist you to make changes to your problematic thinking style or patterns of behaviour by teaching you therapy tools you can use throughout your life.
CBT tends to be short term when the presenting issues are non-complex. Usually a course of treatment will be between 8 to 12 sessions. At your initial assessment appointment we can discuss how many sessions may be indicated. Often you will be asked to work on tasks in- between sessions. These will be agreed collaboratively between you and your therapist at a pace that feels comfortable with you.
If you would like to find out more about CBT then the following resources might be helpful.
BABCP Podcast on what is CBT https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/lets-talk-about-cbt/id1336023443?i=1000399973078
British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), www.babcp.com
National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE), www.nice.org.uk
The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), https://www.hcpc-uk.org