We can all experience difficult times in
our lives that we may require help and support with. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an evidence based therapy commonly used to treat depression and anxiety, but it can be useful for treating
other mental and physical health problems.
CBT emphasises the relationship between
our thoughts, emotions, behaviours and physical symptoms (as seen in the diagram above). What often maintains the problem, keeping us trapped in the vicious cycle is our thoughts (what goes through
our mind) and our behaviours (what we do/how we respond). CBT helps to break this vicious cycle by learning to manage our thought processes and put into place more helpful behaviours/coping
strategies. As all the areas in the diagram are interconnected, changes in both our thoughts and behaviours would be expected to impact our emotions and our physical symptoms, reducing
overwhelming feelings and your improving day to day functioning.
Together in therapy you and I will work
together to break down your problems into the separate parts (as detailed in the diagram), we will analyse these parts together to identify what is maintaining your difficulties, and then apply CBT
techniques to overcome difficulties and reduce emotional intensity. In my practice I aim to provide you with the skills to independently manage your difficulties in the here and now, but also to
explore how you may use the CBT skills learnt to manage any future difficulties. CBT skills are lifelong skills if regularly practiced and integrated into your daily living.
Can CBT Help Me?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
(CBT)is an evidenced based treatment, backed by substantial
research. The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends CBT for:
Generalized Anxiety (Worry/Nerves)
Specific Phobias (Fears)
Panic Disorder (Panic Attacks)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
You can access NICE guidelines here: https://www.nice.org.uk/
There is further evidence that suggests CBT may be helpful in treating:
Low Self Esteem
You may be able to identify with, and be experiencing some of the above difficulties. If you would like to explore whether CBT may be a
suitable option for you, please do contact us for an initial telephone consultation (free of charge). If we both then agree CBT may be useful, you may wish to proceed to booking a face to face
assessment, where we can together explore in detail the current difficulties you are experiencing, help you identify your therapy goals and then explore how CBT can support you in making
progress towards your goals.