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 CBT treatment involve?
CBT is a collaborative process. During weekly or fortnightly sessions, we 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 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 CBT 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 have many years of clinical experiences across a range of numerous health and social care settings, such as nursing homes, clinics, addiction services, general/psychiatric hospitals, high secure environments, residential services, adult mental health units, primary care, schools, churches and community centres. I have knowledge and experience of supporting clients who are presenting with various types of neurodevelopmental problems with their associated mental health difficulties and complex needs including autism, ADHD and challenging behaviours. I have over four years' experience of helping people with severe mental health problems, such as psychosis and personality disorder. I have advanced knowledge and skills at assessing, formulating and facilitating therapeutic change for adults presenting with depression and anxiety problems.
Specifically, I am an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Psychotherapist. I have over two years' full-time experience of working within IAPT services, assisting adult clients presenting with anxiety and depression problems. Accordingly, I offer evidence-based short-term psychosocial therapies for social phobia, specific phobia, panic, agoraphobia, OCD, health anxiety, worrying problems, PTSD, vomit phobia, etc. and depressive episodes and dysthymia.
I started my journey by graduating with a Masters in clinical psychology twenty years ago. Since then I have trained as an integrative counsellor, using solution focused therapy, CBT and schema therapy in my counselling; I have also trained as a hypnotherapist to help people with symptom relief from insomnia, anger, anxiety or phobias. In 2016, I trained as a trauma therapist to work with PTSD, borderline disorders and other complex traumas, like sexual abuse and domestic violence.
Over the years, I have discovered my clients (as young as 7 years old to as old as 76 years old) come from two different categories: one set of client wants relief from their symptoms and will choose hypnotherapy and be willing to complete hypnotherapy in 8-10 sessions. The other set of client wishes relief from their symptoms as well - anxiety or anger or depression -but they want to understand the roots of their problems, they wish to develop self-awareness and self-mastery as well as mastery of the symptoms; These clients will choose counselling/psychotherapy and work around 15-20 sessions; those clients who have had been chronically suffering from anxiety attacks or depressive episodes over the years may need 30+ sessions as along with the above they need help with key skills to activate them and help them find their place in society, create/concretise their friend circle or find a decent job that brings them satisfaction.