Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is one of the most widely used forms of therapy. It is evidence based and involves helping people to change the way that they think, feel and behave. It can lead to greater self-awareness and increase your ability to deal with problems in the future, and also help you to understand how you have been affected by your past.
A CBT therapist will work with their client by helping them to understand the connections between their thoughts, emotions and behaviour. CBT can be used to treat issues such as depression, anxiety and phobias. It involves setting personal goals for therapy and then working with the therapist to achieve them.
If you get in touch we would spend the first session talking about what has brought you to therapy. We would also look at the changes that you would like to make and the goals that you would like to work towards.
In the following sessions we would work on how you can change your thinking and behaviour. CBT is based on the idea that if you change the way that you think and behave you can change the way that you feel. I can help you to work on practical solutions to your problems and to find new ways of behaving in situations that you find difficult.
As well as looking at what you can do to help yourself in the present and future, CBT also involves looking at your past and how it affected you. We are all shaped by our surroundings and finding out how your problems developed can lead to greater self-awareness and an improved ability to deal with difficulties in the future. CBT can help people in the long term by enabling them to think more realistically and to find different ways of coping with problems.
A course of CBT normally lasts for between six and ten sessions, although this can vary. We would agree to an ending when you feel that you have achieved your goals and dealt with the problems that brought you to therapy. Sessions are normally every week but I am flexible regarding the frequency of appointments. Please feel free to get in touch if you would like any further information.