What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a form of talking therapy that can help you change the way you think (the ‘cognitive’ bit) and how you act (the ‘behavioural’ bit).
CBT acknowledges that the things you think, and the things you do, maintain your depression or anxiety. Therefore, our CBT therapists will work with you to help you understand your thoughts and behaviours, and enable you to make lasting changes to them.
How does it work?
CBT focuses mainly on the present and involves planning practical exercises to be completed as ‘homework’ between sessions. The NICE guidelines recommend up to 20 x 45-60 minute sessions of CBT. However, we are committed to supporting you to achieve recovery in consistently fewer sessions.
CBT follows a very clear and organised structure and is best suited for individuals who want a therapy that works towards solutions in a practical manner. The therapist directs conversation and the flow of the session, yet is always flexible and willing to listen to your needs. Every session can be different, based on the severity of your mental illness and the progression you make throughout the course of treatment.
Specialist questionnaires are administered at the end of each session to determine how you are progressing and if the therapy needs to be adjusted in any way to suit your needs.
We offer low-intensity CBT for those who are suffering from mild-moderate depression and anxiety; and high-intensity for those suffering from moderate-severe depression and anxiety.
Is it effective?
CBT has shown to be extremely effective for the treatment of both anxiety and depression. It has become increasingly popular in modern day therapy and continues to develop as a leading form of treatment for depression and anxiety. Additionally, it has shown effectiveness in the treatment of personality disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders, substance misuse and psychosis.