What therapy is it?
There are lots of different types of therapy available when accessing private treatment. I deliver what is called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, also known as CBT.
It will look at the vicious cycle of:
- The way you act differently because of how you feel (called behaviours – e.g. withdrawing when depressed, or avoiding when anxious)
- The way you think differently because of how you feel (called cognitions – e.g. black and white thinking, assuming the worse, taking things personally)
- The physical impact of your mood (e.g. panic attacks or sleep problems).
This therapy is all about helping you to better understand your symptoms through education, as well as learning how to better manage your symptoms through teaching practical coping strategies.
CBT primarily focuses on the here and now. This is different from seeing a counsellor or accessing counselling which focuses on talking through past experiences.
Sometimes we will look to the past to help understand your current vicious, but this is always linked back to how to make changes that can move things forwards now.
Can you treat my symptoms?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can benefit a large range of emotional difficulties. If you are unsure if Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is right for you, please get in touch.
Generalised anxiety disorder (excessive worrying)
Agoraphobia (the fear of being unable to escape/busy places)
Social Phobia (anxiety linked with social interactions)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Specific Phobias (e.g. driving, heights, confined spaces, animals etc)
Other emotional difficulties including
Chronic pain or fatigue
Low self confidence
What can I expect from therapy?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is delivered as 50 minute sessions. There are occasions when it is helpful to have longer sessions, but this will be discussed with you in advance. Depending on the symptoms you experience, you can expect to access between 6 and 20 sessions of treatment.
As part of the therapy process, your practitioner will often ask you to complete tasks between sessions to support the recovery progress.
How do I know it works?
CBT has been well researched and therefore interventions that are used are ones that have already been proven to be effective. The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) endorses the use of CBT for a range of disorders.