What is CBT?

 

CBT is a talking therapy, based on the idea that how we think (cognition), feel, and act (behaviour), often interacts in ways that can cause us distress.

 

Initial sessions focus on understanding the difficulties you are experiencing, how the problem developed and what is maintaining it now. Once we understand what is keeping the problem going, we can work together to change these unhelpful thoughts and behaviours and work towards identified goals.

 

CBT emphasises you taking an active role in therapy and practicing the skills you have learnt between sessions, with the eventual aim of empowering you to be your own therapist.

 

Numerous research studies have evidenced that CBT can lead to significant improvement in day to day coping and quality of life. In many of these studies CBT has been demonstrated to be as effective as, or more effective than, other forms of therapy or psychiatric medications.

What can CBT help with?

NICE (The National Institute of Clinical Excellence) provides independent and evidence based guidance for the NHS, and recommends CBT for a number of mental health difficulties including:

  • Depression

  • Generalised Anxiety

  • Panic Attacks

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

  • Social Anxiety

  • Health Anxiety

  • Psychosis

  • Bipolar Disorder

There is also strong evidence for the treatment of:

  • Insomnia / Sleep Difficulties

  • Chronic Pain

  • Chronic Fatigue

  • Stress

  • Personality Disorders

  • Eating Disorders

  • Phobias

 

If you're struggling and you're not sure if CBT can help, please feel free to contact me, and we can explore whether this will be a helpful option for you.

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