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What is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)?

CBT is a highly effective psychological treatment that can help with a wide range of emotional/psychological difficulties including anxiety and depression. Numerous studies have indicated that CBT is as effective as medication for depression, anxiety, obsessions and other fears. The therapy is based on the premise that thoughts cause us to act in certain ways and affect the way we feel. By adopting a rational way of thinking we can overcome our emotional and behavioural problems. The educational and collaborative aspects of CBT aims to help the individual to become their own therapists.

What does therapy involve?

Your first session will focus on gathering more information about your difficulties. This will include filling out self-report forms that assess a range of problems such as depression, anxiety, anger, fears, physical complaints, social, work and relationship difficulties. You will be asked to think about what you hope to achieve from therapy namely your goals.

CBT generally includes:

  • Structured sessions which means collaboratively agreeing upon an agenda or plan to work towards.
  • Keeping a written record/diary of your thoughts, emotions (feelings) and behaviour.
  • Planning of rewarding activities.
  • Behavioural experiments.
  • Self-help homework for gathering more information about your difficulties in detail, practicing what you have learned in therapy or acting in a new way different to your usual manner of responding to a situation.
  • Provision of relevant written material throughout the course of therapy.
  • Provision of information on self-help books.
  • An evaluation of therapy using various measures and review of therapy goals. Your feedback is useful in order to establish if the therapy is working for you!

What problems can I help with?

  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Phobias e.g. Vomit phobia, fear of flying
  • Post-Traumatic stress Disorder
  • Body Dysmorphia
  • Social Anxiety
  • Performance Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Assertive skills training
  • Work-related stress
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Anger management
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Bi-polar disorder
  • Adjustment/emotional difficulties following brain injury
  • Functional Disorder
  • Health Anxiety

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