What is CBT?
Change your thoughts and you change your world.
– Norman Vincent Peake
CBT, or Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, is a talking therapy; it has been proven in clinical trials to have a good outcome with a wide range of mental health problems. CBT explores how we interpret situations in our lives, how we think about a situation affects how we feel (emotionally and physically), and also how we react or behave as a consequence; the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviours is important in CBT. It is a talking therapy that involves regular weekly sessions; there is usually ‘homework’ as the therapy is active, requiring a commitment to work between sessions.
Don’t believe everything you think. Thoughts are just that – thoughts.
– Allan Lokos
I offer CBT in individual sessions; the number of sessions you may need depends on the difficulty you need help with. I find that treatment can take between six and twenty sessions with ten being about average; sessions are typically an hour-long. CBT is concerned with how you think and act in the present (as opposed to some therapy approaches that focus predominantly on past issues); it is a proactive approach to making helpful changes to thoughts and behaviours.
For more information on CBT follow this link to the Royal College of Psychiatry website.
Alternatively, watch this brief video explaining what CBT is –
Does CBT really does work?
NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) provides independent, evidence-based guidance for the NHS on the most effective ways to treat disease and ill- health. CBT is recommended by NICE for the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders. Research has found CBT to be as effective as antidepressant medication for many types of depression.
In addition to the above, CBT has been shown to be an effective treatment for many other conditions, including chronic fatigue; chronic pain; physical symptoms without a medical diagnosis; sleep difficulties; anger management; eating disorders.
During my career as a CBT therapist, both in the NHS and in private practice over the past decade or so, I have experienced first hand how effective CBT is in treating a wide range of mental health problems.
Self is a perpetually rewritten story.