About your Therapy.
There are lots of different types of therapy out there, and lots of different titles like counsellor, psychotherapist, psychologist etc. It can all be very confusing for the average person to know what will help them. Please do get in touch to discuss further, and if I can’t help, I’ll point you in the right direction.
I am a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. CBT has been well researched and therefore treatment approaches 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.
The British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP) have provided the following information about CBT: http://www.babcp.com/Public/What-is-CBT.aspx
What is CBT?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a talking therapy that focuses heavily on providing education and teaching coping strategies.
Most sessions will be spent looking at how your cognitions (your thoughts), your behaviours (your actions) and your emotions are connected in the present. I will help you gain insight into why you think and act like you do, and learning new ways of responding in future.
Although CBT is mainly about right now and moving forwards, we will at times look to the past to help us make sense of things, but always with the focus of how to move forwards.
Can CBT help me?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can benefit a large range of emotional difficulties. As a qualified CBT practitioner, I am able to provide treatment for all these symptoms, although I do have a special interest in low self-esteem.
Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) (excessive worrying)
Agoraphobia (the fear of being unable to escape/busy places)
Social Phobia (anxiety linked with social interactions)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Specific Phobias (e.g. driving, heights, confined spaces, animals etc)
Other emotional difficulties including
Chronic pain or fatigue
What can I expect from therapy?
There may be lots of questions you have about therapy and how it works. The best thing to do is get in touch so I can give you answers specific to you and your symptoms.
For some basic information:
Therapy sessions last 1 hour in duration
The first session will be an assessment
The number of treatment sessions can vary from 6 – 20
Sessions typically begin weekly and then reduce in frequency once progress starts to be achieved