Cognitive behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that is most commonly used to treat depression and anxiety disorders, but can be useful for other psychological and physical health problems. It combines cognitive therapy (which examines how you think) and behaviour therapy (which examines the things you do). It is a talking therapy that can assist in managing problems by addressing how you think and behave.
How Does CBT work?
When negative thought patterns become established, these processes can result in habitual negative thoughts, feelings and behaviour. Unchallenged these may continue long-term.
CBT aims to assist the individual identify and challenge these thought processes. It aims to break problems into smaller parts, change the negative patterns and improve the way you feel.
Ultimately the therapy aims to teach you how to apply the skills you have learnt into everyday life. It is important to continue practicing the skills you have learnt long-term, even after you are feeling better. It is a problem focused, action orientated therapy.
How is CBT different to more traditional forms of counselling therapies?
Unlike some other psychological and counselling therapies, CBT deals with your current problems, rather than focusing on issues from your past. It is a collaborative, structured therapy which looks for practical ways to improve your state of mind on a daily basis.
CBT can be completed in a relatively short period of time compared to other forms of talking therapies. A course of between 8 – 16 sessions is typical.
What can CBT be used for?
CBT is effective for a variety of conditions including –
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Sleep Problems such as insomnia
CBT is increasingly being used to treat people with long term health conditions such as –
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS),
- Chronic Pain,
- Cardiovascular disease,
CBT cannot cure the physical symptoms of these health conditions but it can help people cope better with their symptoms.
How Much Does it Cost?
The charges for CBT services are –
Initial Consultation including treatment, one hour – £70
Follow–up sessions, one hour – £70
If you would like to discuss whether our CBT services could benefit you, please call the clinic and we will assist you with your enquiry.
Jane Coley obtained her Master’s Degree and Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy from the University of London-Goldsmith’s College. She is an Accredited Member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) and a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Jane is a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and is registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Jane has many years experience working in the NHS, Higher Education, and in private practice. She is a specialist in psychological and communication problems; including depression, anxiety, social anxiety, long term conditions, voice disorders and stammering.