What is CBT?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is proven through research to be highly effective for treating a wide range of emotional disorders including:-  depression, anxiety and low self esteem, panic attacks and phobias, relationship or family problems, body image and eating disorders.

The Department of Health requires that the NHS deliver “evidence based” treatments and the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) consistently recommends CBT as the most effective approach in all its guidelines for treatment of emotional disorders.

CBT has been described as a “take away” therapy as you will be able to use the skills you learn in many aspects of your life to help you when you are feeling “stuck” in cycles of unhelpful behaviour.  While we often can’t change or control what happens around us, we can choose how we react to those situations. CBT helps you learn how to manage life’s circumstances in a different way.

We believe that what we think (good or bad) affects our feelings and influences our behaviour.  So if our thoughts are negative, we feel worse and sometimes find ourselves choosing unhelpful behaviours. Using CBT, I can help you learn about the causes of your unhelpful thoughts and behaviours, examine the evidence that supports or contradicts them, then help you learn and practice alternative ways to cope with your problems.

Are you feeling stuck in a cycle of unhelpful behaviour, depressed or anxious, lacking in confidence or feeling unable to move on with your life?  CBT can help.             

CBT can help you learn to :-

  • Develop better self esteem and confidence
  • Change patterns of negative thinking which stop you from achieving your goals
  • Look forward in a positive way
  • Gain a clearer sense of direction
  • Manage your relationships better

CBT is proven to work with issues such as :-

  • Depression and low mood
  • Anxiety and worry
  • Panic attacks and phobias
  • Low self esteem
  • Relationship and family problems
  • Bereavement, loss and grief
  • Body image and eating disorders
  • Post traumatic stress disorder

CBT is widely used because :-

  • It’s based on common sense and easy to use ideas
  • Research shows that it can really help and often quite quickly
  • Evidence shows that people who have been treated with CBT tend to improve rapidly and stay problem free for longer periods of time.