Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

What is CBT

CBT is usually offered as a short to medium term psychotherapy and is suitable for treating a wide range of commonly experienced emotional and behavioural problems. It is aimed at helping clients learn how to identify and manage troublesome thoughts and behaviours so that they can find a more satisfactory and fulfilling way to live in the present.

Although some clients may find that reflecting on the past is helpful, this is not always necessary in CBT and the focus of the work lies in changing the client’s day to day thoughts, feelings and behaviour patterns.

What is involved?

Unlike other psychotherapies where you are encouraged to talk freely, in a CBT session the client and therapist work together to identify how the client habitually thinks about themselves, the world and other people and how this influences their emotions and actions.

By identifying vicious cycles of thoughts, emotions and behaviours, we would work together to see how to break out of these patterns.

CBT works best on a weekly or fortnightly basis and may also include other activities such as keeping a diary or trying out new ways of responding to situations in between sessions. Overall, the number of sessions you need will depend on your individual problems and objectives.


When is it used?

CBT teaches clients how to become more aware of, and take control of, their own emotional health and wellbeing. It is the favoured approach for treating common mental health disorders amongst many organisations including the NHS and has a good evidence base for its effectiveness.

As well as treating anxiety and depression, CBT is also used in the treatment of:

  • Anger problems
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Exam anxiety
  • Goal setting
  • OCD
  • Procrastination
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Panic attacks
  • Pain management
  • Relationships
  • Social Anxiety
  • Sleep difficulties

Cancellation policy

For a full refund, I request at least 48 hours’ notice if you need to cancel your appointment. Where 48 hours or more notice has been given, your session fee will be refunded less a cancellation fee of £5.00. Where less than 48 hours’ notice is given, the session will be charged in full.

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