CBT, or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, is quite different to counselling and other types of therapy you may have heard of. It is a type of therapy based on here-and-now experiences, which is time-limited and goal-focused. This means that CBT will focus on figuring out exactly what it is that is going on for you right now that may be maintaining your problems. It places your goals at the forefront to ensure that it is working towards what you want to achieve, and it is time-limited so that you do not have more sessions of therapy than you need.
CBT looks at how your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations, and behaviour can all impact on each other and affect your overall emotional wellbeing. Sometimes, our way of thinking can really affect how we feel and therefore behave, and even some physical sensations we feel can make our thoughts harder to manage. By gaining an understanding of what is going on right now, it is easier to decide on any positive changes that we can introduce to make a huge difference to your day-to-day life.
This type of therapy is collaborative and also an active therapy, meaning that we work together always, to unpick what is going on for you right now. You bring your knowledge of your life and your goals, I bring knowledge of CBT, and together we help you to move forwards. Because of this, it is really important that you feel ready to invest in therapy and in making changes, which often includes doing things between therapy sessions to help you to progress.
An important thing to know about this type of therapy is that it works.
There has been a lot of research into CBT and it has gained a large evidence-base highlighting how effective it is for a number of different issues. This is why the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends CBT for a number of different issues, including the following;
CBT is helpful for a large number of difficulties as you learn how to manage sometimes painful and distressing emotions and become more aware of anything that may be maintaining current difficulties. CBT then encourages positive changes to the way you think and behave to break any cycles that might be keeping that problem going.
It is important to note that some mental health disorders may require a multidisciplinary approach and so, as a lone therapist, I may be unable to treat these. In these cases, or if I feel that your difficulties may benefit more from a different approach to CBT, I will be honest about where may be better suited to help you.
If you are unsure whether CBT can be useful for what you need help with, please contact me and we can talk about whether this might be the best therapy for you.Expectations »