Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

What is CBT?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a widely recognised and evidence-based form of psychotherapy that focuses on identifying and challenging negative thought patterns and behaviours. The goal is to replace these with healthier, more constructive ways of thinking and acting. CBT is highly effective for treating a range of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, stress and more.

How CBT Works

The process begins with an initial assessment where you and I will identify specific issues and set clear, achievable goals for therapy. You will learn to recognise and monitor negative thoughts, beliefs and assumptions. This often involves keeping a thought diary. I will help you question and test the validity of negative thoughts. Techniques such as Socratic questioning and evidence-based analysis are used to challenge irrational beliefs. You will be guided to develop and reinforce more positive and realistic ways of thinking. This cognitive restructuring is central to CBT. CBT includes practical strategies to change harmful behaviours. This can involve exposure therapy for anxiety disorders, activity scheduling for depression, or role-playing scenarios for social anxiety. Between sessions, you may be given assignments to practice new skills and reinforce learning. This can include exercises like journaling, practicing relaxation techniques, or engaging in positive activities.

Benefits of CBT

CBT has been extensively researched and proven effective for a wide range of mental health issues, making it a trusted choice for many. CBT is typically a short-term therapy, with sessions focused on specific problems and achievable goals, often showing results in a few months. You will gain practical skills to manage and reduce symptoms, improving your ability to handle future challenges independently.

Conditions Treated with CBT

Depression: Helps individuals challenge depressive thoughts and increase engagement in rewarding activities.

Anxiety Disorders: Effective for generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic disorder, and phobias by addressing avoidance behaviours and irrational fears.

Stress Management: Teaches coping strategies to manage stress more effectively.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD): Uses exposure and response prevention to reduce obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours.

What to Expect in a CBT Session

During a CBT session, you can expect a collaborative and structured environment. Sessions typically involve discussing recent experiences, reviewing homework, and learning new strategies to handle thoughts and behaviours. I will act as a guide and coach, providing support and feedback as you work towards your goals.

Why Choose CBT

I am a highly trained and experienced CBT practitioner dedicated to providing personalised care. I will tailor the CBT approach to meet your needs, ensuring the most effective treatment. While focusing on cognitive and behavioural aspects, I will also consider your overall well-being, integrating other therapeutic techniques as needed.

Get Started with CBT Today

If you’re ready to make positive changes in your life and overcome the challenges you’re facing, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy could be the right choice for you. Contact me today to schedule an initial consultation and take the first step towards a healthier, more fulfilling life.