Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy might sound complicated. In fact CBT is a practical, structured problem-solving approach that scientific research has shown alleviates a variety of difficulties for many people including anxiety, post-traumatic stress, obsessive compulsive disorder and low mood. CBT is a recommended for many emotional health problems by NICE, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. It is widely available within the NHS, including in the IAPT programme accessible through GPs.
Our CBT sessions focus on finding out about you as a person and helping you deal with current difficulties. CBT is a collaborative therapy, with the therapist working with you to identify your mood, thoughts and behaviours.
Together we identify situations you find challenging, how you may automatically think about these and how this affects your feelings and the way you react. Sessions include noticing your feelings, and practicing ways to soothe these. Our cognitive behavioural therapy sessions often involve considering alternative ways of looking at situations and experimenting with different ways of behaving. You are invited to practice recognising, challenging and testing out beliefs in and between CBT sessions.
So you might work on tasks like keeping diaries, problem solving, breathing and relaxation exercises, or doing another agreed activity. CBT is typically time limited, with typically between 5 – 24 CBT sessions agreed, depending on need.
In summary CBT is a structured and collaborative treatment intervention focusing largely on the here-and-now, designed to help you manage yourself and your mental health – to be your own therapist and to improve your wellbeing.