What is CBT

“We are disturbed not by things, but by the view which we take of them” Epictetus 55-135 AD.

CBT, or Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, is a talking therapy which is clinically proven to help treat a wide range of emotional difficulties. It looks at how our thoughts affect our feelings and influence our behaviours. For example, imagine you are on a diet and have eaten something you did not plan to:

 

What is cbt

 

We can see how our thoughts, feelings and behaviours are linked and how sometimes the ways we think and act are not helpful to us, and actually keep our problems going. Of course your difficulty may not be about weight loss, and I’ve just used this as an example. But whatever the issue you would like to work on, we would still look at the links between thoughts, feelings and behaviours; it’s just the content will be different and personal to you.

I will not tell you how to think, feel or act. Instead, you and I will work alongside one another to help change the thoughts and/or behaviours that are causing you the most difficulties, so you can begin to feel better. I will listen carefully to your problem/s and goal/s and provide a tailored treatment plan which I will support you with over subsequent appointments.

My practice is integrative, and as such, I provide treatments using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Compassion Focused Therapy.

I can provide support for a range of needs, including:

  • depression
  • anxiety (specific or generalised worries and nerves)
  • specific phobias
  • panic
  • agoraphobia
  • obsessive compulsive disorder
  • unwanted nervous habits (skin picking, nail biting, hair pulling)
  • perfectionism
  • stress
  • pain management
  • low self-confidence/esteem
  • trauma (PTSD)
  • weight loss (overweight and very overweight)
  • comfort eating/overeating
  • insomnia
  • lack of motivation (procrastination)
  • social/performance anxiety

CBT isn’t a quick fix though, or a magic cure. It’s problem-focused, practical and structured, but relatively short term, perhaps between 6-16 sessions depending on what you want to work on. It will require you to attend for hourly appointments once per week and commit to agreed between-session tasks and skill practice. But, CBT really works. And it’s an investment because once you’ve learnt the feel better tools and techniques I’ll show you, you’ve got them for life. This means you can be your own Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, continue to feel better and prevent relapse.

CBT is the psychological treatment of choice recommended for a variety of mental health problems by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).