Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an increasingly popular talking therapy that helps you understand the way your thoughts, feelings and behaviour influence each other. CBT encourages us to explore the way our thought patterns might be making us stressed or unhappy and provides proven techniques for developing healthier ways of looking at the world.
How can CBT help?
The reasons for the widespread growth and popularity of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy are easy to grasp:
- CBT is a practical therapy that will equip you with tools and techniques you can apply in everyday life.
- CBT focuses mainly on the present. Although you may explore aspects of your past in order to think about where unhelpful patterns were learnt, CBT focuses on analysing what typically happens in your everyday life here and now.
- CBT is easy to master. The basics of the approach are accessible and can be learned by most people, even children, in a relatively short time.
- CBT has proven effectiveness. As one of the most well-researched therapies, there is reassuring evidence from reliable clinical trials that CBT really does work for many people.
How does Cognitive Behavioural Therapy work?
Negative thinking can start early in life or develop later on in adulthood, but regardless of when this type of thinking begins it can have a detrimental impact on many aspects of our lives.
By working with a CBT therapist, you will focus on how you think about the things going on in your life. You will explore and gain a deeper understanding of your cognitive processes such as your beliefs, attitudes and thoughts and how these affect the way you behave or cope with emotional problems.
With guidance from your CBT therapist you will find new ways of thinking and behaving, which will help you to cope with a wide range of issues and find new fulfillment in your life.
How long does CBT treatment take?
CBT therapy can take from anywhere between 6 weeks to 6 months. We would advise that you attend a session once a week, with each session lasting 50 minutes. We will work with you to explore your problems in a way that feels comfortable to you. After a short number of sessions you will begin to notice improvements and we will work with you for as long as you need to develop life-enhancing strategies that will empower you to change the way you think, feel and behave.
What kind of problems can CBT help with?
CBT is already recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) for the treatment of several common mental health problems. However, there is valid research evidence that CBT is also an effective approach to a much wider range of concerns including:
- Anxiety (such as panic attacks, agoraphobia and social anxiety)
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Bipolar disorder
- Medically unexplained symptoms
- Chronic fatigue
- Child behavior issues
- Anxiety disorders in children
- Chronic pain
- Sleep disorders
- Anger management
All clinical psychologists are trained in CBT. We have been working using this model for many years with a wide range of different client groups. Stephen is in fact the author of a best-selling guide to CBT published by Pearsons (Brilliant Cognitive Behavioural Therapy).