What is CBT?

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.

How does it work?

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.

What will I learn?

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.

6 – 8 Sessions

50 Minutes
How are the sessions structured?

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.

How can CBT Therapy help?
CBT Therapy can help both children and adults with a wide variety of issues and difficulties, many of which are listed below.  If you would like to find out more or ask about any issues not listed below, please get in touch and we’ll do our best to help.
Excessive Worry or GAD Adults
Also known as Generalised Anxiety Disorder excess worry can get us down and prevent us from enjoying the moment. If excessive worry persists it can lead to shortness of temper at loved ones and can then lead to exhaustion and depression. Luckily there are evidenced based CBT models to help people to manage and overcome worry, give us a call to book an initial assessment
Anger management Adults / Children
Anger is a normal and useful emotion. It can indicate situations that are frustrating or unfair, or be the culminsation of emotional or stressful events.. However, being a powerful emotion and it can be quite alarming to witness or deal with aggressive outbursts. During a given situation it maybe that the indivudual may feel criticised, misunderstood or falsely accused which leads to a sense of injustice. For more information and details of how we can help please get in touch.
Attention Deficit Hyper Activity (ADHD) Adults / Children
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has symptoms that include impulsiveness m inattentiveness and hyperactivity. People suffering from ADHD tend to be diagnosed at an early age, and may become more apparent as their circumstances change, for instance when they start school.  Symptoms usually improve with age, but many adults with the condition may have additional problems, such as sleep and anxiety disorders. For more information and details of how we can help please get in touch.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) / Autism assessment (ADOS) / Asperger Syndrome Adults / Children
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is the term used to describe a number of conditions, including Asperger Syndrome. These conditions typically affect a person's ability to interact with society, as well their general interests, behaviour and ability to learn. They will often see, hear and feel the world differently to other people and although many autistic people share certain difficulties, it will most likely affect them in different ways. People with Asperger Syndrome in particular don’t usually experience the learning disabilities that those with Autism do but might still have difficulties with understanding and processing language. For more information and details of how we can help please get in touch.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) / Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) Adults / Children
CFS and ME affect people of all ages leading to fatigue, muscle and joints pain, poor sleep, and poor concentration among many other issues.  Although they affect some people more than others, it can have a pronounced impact on your life, from employment to friendships, social life to family life.  Although there is no one accepted cure, we can offer, support and advice as to how best mitigate the effects.  For more information and details of how we can help please get in touch.
Couples Therapy / Relationship Difficulties Adults / Children
The relationships with have with each other; our families, friends, partners, colleagues are vital to our wellbeing and sense of self. The intricacies of these relationships are specific to each individual but can often be frustrating, stressful or scary. It is important to remember that these difficulties are common and that you are not alone. In addition, we can help - for more information and details of how we can help please get in touch.
Driving Phobia Adults
Driving phobia is distinguished by the intense, often debilitating, fear it generates. Before driving or en-route there may be a build-up of dread and anxiety. Symptoms usually stop once the driver is out of the situation but can have a longer-term impact, leading to poor sleep or a loss of appetite. For more information and details of how we can help get in touch..
Eating Disorders Adults / Children
Eating disorders can take a number of forms, but refer to an individual with an unhealthy attitude to food. This may result in them eating too much or too little, or becoming obsessed with weight or diet. Eating disorders may include anorexia nervosa, bulimia or binge eating and can affect both males and females of any age. For more information and details of how we can help please get in touch.
Health anxiety Adults
Although it is perfectly normal to worry about your health some people find that it becomes a source of constant worry. It may lead to you avoiding certain activates or exercises or eating a different diet. Ultimately, it can affect the way you behave, think and feel. Our support can help alleviate these feelings, and stop them from returning. For more information and details of how we can help please get in touch.
Insomnia / Sleep Difficulties Adults / Children
The time we spend sleeping is vital in terms of our mental and physical health. The stresses and pressures of daily life can often have adverse effects on our sleep and whether or not we feel rested when we wake up. Although it varies for everyone, the average adult requires approximately 7-8 hours per night, and children can require up to 14 hours or more. If you or someone you know are suffering from persistent poor sleep or insomnia, we can help. For more information and details of how we can help please get in touch.
Low mood and depression Adults / Children
Adults and children alike often suffer from low moods and depression, feelings that can be long-lasting and wide range of effects on their wider life. Identifying these difficulties early is key in terms of instigating change. We recognise the pressures faced by people in all walks of life can help make both the individual, their families and their friends aware of key signs and symptoms they should look out for. For more information and details of how we can help please get in touch.
Low self-esteem Adults / Children
Having low self-esteem can have a real impact on an individual’s life, affecting their ability to develop relationships, pursue a career and achieve a sense of wellbeing. It can result in feeling of guilt and blame, as well as paranoia. There are many ways that these feelings can be tackled, dependent on the individual and their personal goals. For more information and details of how we can help please get in touch.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Adults / Children
OCD is an anxiety disorder based around obsessions and compulsions. While many of us suffer OCD in a mild and often light-hearted way, it is a real problem for many and can have a serious impact on an individuals’ quality of life and health. The way in which OCD manifests itself in people van vary widely, but we can help. For more information and details of how we can help please get in touch.
Panic attacks Adults / Children
Panic attacks occurs when your body experiences a rush of intense psychological and physical symptoms. The individual may feel an overwhelming sense of fear, apprehension and anxiety as well physical symptoms such as nausea, Sweating and breathing difficulties. Living with the threat of panic attacks can be extremely debilitating, but is certainly treatable. For more information and details of how we can help please get in touch.
Perfectionism Adults
Perfectionism is a tendency to set high standards that can either not be met, or can only be met with great difficulty. Perfectionists tend to believe that achieving anything short of perfection is a failure, and that even minor imperfections will lead to catastrophe – a stressful and unpleasant experience. For more information and details of how we can help please get in touch.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Adults
PTSD is an anxiety disorder that can affect anybody who has experienced a stressful, frightening or disturbing event. Due to the upsetting nature of the event, people may encounter unwanted memories or flashbacks throughout the day or night leaving the person feeling anxious, angry, upset or depressed. For more information and details of how we can help please get in touch.
Seasonal Affective Disorder Adults / Children
Seasonal affective disorder is classed as a form of depression that is linked to the changes in seasons. Symptoms tend to become apparent in the Autumn and continue through to early Spring, during which time you may feel moody, down or lacking in energy. While often thought of simply as ‘the winter blues’ it can often be far more than that and it definitely worth taking seriously. For more information and details of how we can help please get in touch.
Stress management Adults / Children
Stress is a physical response – the result of the body switching to ‘fight or flight’ mode, and releasing a complex mix of hormones and chemicals prepare the body for action. This causes a number of reactions, from blood being diverted to muscles to shutting down unnecessary bodily functions such as digestion. While this response can help us survive dangerous situations, it is often also the way we respond in inappropriate situations, reducing brain function and our ability to think clearly. In turn, if our bodies are in a state of stress for long periods, it can be detrimental to our health with side effects such as increased blood pressure and a decrease in libido. For more information and details of how we can help, please get in touch.
Social anxiety Adults / Children
Social anxiety disorder is a persistent and often overwhelming fear of social situations and is one of the most common anxiety disorders. It can manifest itself as an extreme form of shyness where the sufferer can experience fear and anxiety when undertaking everyday activities such as going out in public and speaking on the phone. People with social anxiety will worry about social activities before, during and after they take place which can become very distressing. They often fear they will do or say something wrong that will draw negative attention to themselves and this often has a serious effect on self-esteem and confidence. For more information and details of how we can help, please get in touch.