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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, 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 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

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