Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
What is CBT?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a well researched therapy that can help us overcome a wide range of emotional difficulties including depression, panic attacks, trauma, worry and anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, low self-esteem, chronic fatigue and phobias.
CBT explores what might be contributing to our problems in the here and now. Often when we are in distress, we may think differently about ourselves and what happens to us. CBT aims to help us understand how our thoughts (cognitions) and behaviours relate to our feelings and explore ways that we might be able to rebalance any unhelpful thoughts or behaviour to enable us to cope better and improve our day to day quality of life.
CBT can be used to try and help anyone irrespective of ability, culture, age, gender or sexual preference and can be used alone or in conjunction with any prescribed medications.
What does treatment involve?
CBT is a collaborative process. During weekly or fortnightly sessions, Jayne will work with you to create a shared understanding of your current difficulties using a CBT model prior to working on agreed goals and strategies aimed at making positive change to the way you feel, think and act.
Each session lasts up to one hour and it is usual for Jayne to see clients for between 4 and 15 sessions depending on the severity of their difficulties.
Any information relating to yourself and the process of any therapy always remains confidential.
Does it work?
CBT has a wealth of scientific research that supports it and it is currently the recommended treatment for anxiety and depression by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE). For more information on CBT and its effectiveness, please visit http://www.babcp.com/Public/What-is-CBT.aspx
I am a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with a Postgraduate Diploma Level degree in CBT (PG Dip. CBT), a First Class Honors Degree in Psychology (BSc Hons) and a certificate in Counselling Skills (Level 3). I am also an accredited member of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP) and member of the UK Psychological Trauma Society (UKPTS) & European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS).
I specialise in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Adjustment Disorder & transition difficulties, as well as other stress related problems, I work with 18+ adults struggling with a wide range of difficulties in their everyday life and have particular experience in working with ex-military and emergency service personnel. Other problems may include anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive behaviours, excessive worry, bipolar, effects of abuse, domestic violence or work related stress.
Maria Fragkou, BSc Nursing, BSc Psychology, PgCert, PgDip in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
I am a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, accredited with the BABCP, and I have many years of experience working in the NHS and the private health sector. I work with a variety of psychological difficulties including depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, OCD, social anxiety, generalised anxiety, health anxiety, panic disorder, specific phobias, and interpersonal difficulties.
Following extensive experience working with adults and young people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), I have developed a specialist interest as a psychotherapist in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger’s syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). I use adapted cognitive and behavioural interventions for depression and anxiety to meet the specific individual needs of clients with such conditions. I take a strengths-focused approach working with the client to identify both strengths and challenges, and make best use of the person's positive qualities to increase resilience and overcome existing difficulties. I have a leading role in the NHS for adapting psychological therapy for ASD and ADHD, and my role also involves supervision and training.
If you would like to find out, please contact Maria via firstname.lastname@example.org.