ABOUT CBT THERAPY
Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (CBT) is an evidenced-based, focused, active way of working. It is recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) and is proven to be an effective treatment for 'common human problems'. It focuses primarily on the present, although may need to touch on the past in order to do so effectively. At the heart of CBT is the premise that we don't live in a bubble, we are effected by things and people around us (life), and how we are physically, how we think, behave and feel, all interact. It uses a comprehensive treatment model to identify and better manage vicious circles that work against us and so often stop us from being able to help ourselves.
My goal is to help you become your own therapist and improve your
wellbeing both now and in the longer term. Following a thorough clinical
assessment to ensure suitability, my sessions are designed to help you to
understand and better manage your own emotional world. I use proven methods and strategies collaboratively, explaining things in a way that you can understand, to enable you to develop a personalised 'toolkit', complete with a plan to help prevent relapse. That way you can continue to help yourself long after active treatment has finished.
Therapy sessions are an hour in duration and are first held on a weekly or two weekly basis depending on clinical need and budget. Some clients choose to meet less frequently towards the end of their care to give them opportunity to 'test out' how they are managing their difficulties on their own using what they have learned.
CBT is a short term therapy. Following assessment, we should have a clearer idea of the number of sessions you might require, and may be able to adjust this according to your availability, time and / or budget. Most clients have somewhere between 6 and 15 sessions.
COULD CBT HELP YOU?
Research shows that CBT helps a wide range of common human problems, including those shown in the table below:
PLEASE NOTE - CBT is NOT suitable for people who are:
currently in crisis
in the midst of a psychotic episode
experiencing suicidal intention
dependent on alcohol and / or non-prescribed (illegal) drugs.
If any of these are you, I strongly recommend that you contact your GP and / or your local A&E for guidance. You can also contact the Samaritans on 116 123 for free (24 hour support) or by email. Branches can be found locally in Barnstaple and Exeter. SANEline is another national out-of-hours mental health helpline to support you when you feel you have reached a moment of crisis. They are open every day 4.30pm to 10.30pm and can be contacted by email.