Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (known as CBT) is a talking therapy designed to help patients manage their problems by changing the way they think and behave. It aims to encourage people to become more aware of negative thoughts, and of the behavourial patterns which reinforce their distorted thinking. It’s most commonly used to treat anxiety and depression, but can be useful for help a wide range of both mental and physical health problems.
CBT is designed to allow us to work with patients to discuss lifes problems, which may include work stress, difficulties with relationships, excessive pain, self-esteem issues and uncomfortable emotions such as depression, anxiety, bereavement, stress and anger.
Rather than focusing on the past CBT Therapy focus on the present using reference to the past to help inform us of why patients may be thinking or behaving in a certain way. They will learn to change their unhelpful thoughts and behaviours through exploring the way they think about past, present and future life events.
CBT is a time-limited therapy designed to generate significant results within about 6 – 8 sessions of 50 minutes each. Prior to undertaking anytherapy, patients will meet their therapist to describe their specific problems and to set the goals they want to work towards.
When both the problems and goals have been agreed, their therapist will start planning the content of sessions and discuss how to deal with their problems. These discussions will take place throughout the process to ensure all issues are covered. It is also worth noting that with CBT patients are also given homework if appropriate, with progress on this then assessed on an ongoing basis.
Our treatment rooms themselves are light, airy and relaxed. Contrary to popular belief, there is no couch, just comfortable chairs in which you can sit and talk openly with one another.