Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

What is CBT?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an evidence based form of counselling recommended in the NICE guidelines for Depression and Anxiety Disorders. It is a skills based, change focused therapy. CBT teaches you to become your own therapist by gaining an understanding of your difficulties and what is keeping them going in terms of your thoughts, emotional and physical feelings and behaviours.  Further details about CBT and other types of counselling can be found on the Mind website and on the BABCP website.

free 15 minute telephone consultation is offered to discuss your main difficulties and what you are looking for from therapy to check whether the therapy is right for you.

How do CBT session work?

Your session will take place in a private and confidential room in an accessible location.

The first session will be an assessment session in which we can find out more about your difficulties, what may be keeping them going and identify areas of change that will help you work towards your goals.

Subsequent sessions will then be based on our agreed treatment plan.

The number of sessions needed depends on the individual however we always review progress after 3-4 sessions.

How do management advice sessions work?

In these sessions you will be talked through a work book about anxiety and/or depression which includes symptoms and basic management strategies. (Please be aware that these sessions are psych education/teaching sessions and not therapy ).

You will be given the work book to take away and work through. You may choose to come for a follow up session once this is completed and you have had a chance to try out the techniques.