Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a form of therapy which combines cognitive therapy and behaviour therapy. It focuses on how you think about the things going on in your life – your thoughts, images, beliefs and attitudes (your cognitive processes) and how this impacts on the way you behave and deal with emotional problems. It then looks at how you might change any negative patterns of thinking or behaviour that may be causing you difficulties. In turn, this can change the way you feel.
CBT can be especially useful for dealing with issues such as:
- drug or alcohol problems
- eating disorders
- obsessive-compulsive disorder
- social phobia or shyness
- emotional recovery following road traffic accidents
- traumatic life events
CBT tends to be short-term, ranging from six weeks to six months. You would usually attend a session once a week and may be required to complete small pieces of work in between sessions. Alongside myself as your therapist we would explore your problems safely and develop a plan for tackling them. Through CBT you will learn a set of principles that you can apply whenever you need to. You may find them useful long after you have left therapy.
CBT generally focuses more on what is going on in the present rather than issues from the past. However, the therapy may also look at your past and how your past experiences impact on how you interpret the world now. If you chose to work with me, we’d arrange to meet at a convenient time and establish what you wished to gain from of our sessions. This information would typically allow me to provide an outline of the work that needed to be completed which could enable you to reduce or overcome problem areas.
My key values as a therapist incorporate openness and trust, humour and creativity, hope and optimism, as well as growth and autonomy. Taking the first step toward getting help is often the most difficult. Why not give me a call to see if I am could be the right therapist for you?
I am a Accredited member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) and I work within their ethical framework.
“We teach people that they upset themselves. We can’t change the past, so we change how people are thinking, feeling and behaving today.” – Albert Ellis