When we are not quite feeling ourselves, we can often fall into patterns of thinking and responding that can feed our low mood and/or anxious state further, leading to a sense of feeling stuck in a viscous cycle.
Cognitive behavioural therapy is a talking therapy based on the theory that our thoughts, emotions, behaviours (what we do) and our physical body are all connected. If we change one of these, we can begin to alter the others.
CBT begins by exploring with you the main problem; what it looks like for you on a day-to-day basis, how it impacts your life and what is keeping it going. If you think it may be helpful, part of that exploration can focus on your early life experiences, to help you identify and process any significant roots of the problem too.
CBT works to help us make changes using specific techniques discussed and demonstrated to you in your therapy sessions. Your therapist will provide you with a safe and supportive environment to guide you through making the changes you desire.
How effective is CBT?
The United Kingdom has received international praise for its national push to make CBT more accessible for those experiencing common mental health difficulties. In 2012 an editorial in science journal Nature stated that the UK’s offering of CBT “represents a world beating standard”. More recently, in 2018, a piece in the Canadian Globe and Mail stated that ‘For better mental-health care in Canada, look to Britain’.
CBT techniques are evidence based and have shown significant rates of improvement for those who have engaged in treatment in the UK over the last 11 years. For more information please click on the ‘testimonials’ tab on this website for accounts from people who have completed CBT treatment.
What can CBT help with?
CBT helps with a range of problems, listed below. It is very common that your problem may not fall into just one category but may fall into different areas.
This will be explored with you in therapy and together we will create a treatment plan that is specific and suitable to you.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)