Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that helps you understand the links between thoughts, feelings and behaviour. This allows you to manage your problems by helping you change the way you think and behave.
CBT helps you manage your symptoms and then encourages you to examine how your actions and thoughts and feelings all operate in a system. It’s based on scientific research of people that reveals that the way you think about a situation affects how you feel and act. In turn, your actions influence the way you think and feel. It’s therefore necessary to change both thinking (cognition) and action (behaviour) at the same time.
CBT is an active therapy, and you’ll be expected to work on your problems between sessions, trying out different ways of thinking and acting, as agreed with your therapist. The aim is for you to develop the skills to become your own therapist. CBT is usually a short-term treatment. For example, a course may consist of between 6 and 30 sessions.
Typical issues that respond well to a CBT approach: anxiety, panic attacks, stress, OCD, Recurrent depression/low mood/ phobias.
The goal would be to gain insight to the problem, gain strategies to manage the symptoms and then almost eliminate the symptoms by changing your thinking and belief system in the long-term.
We have specialist practices in Northampton, Milton Keynes, London and other surrounding areas. Additionally we can offer online Cognitive behavioural therapy for those who are further afield or are struggling to make it to a practice.
If you would like to have a chat, either call or e-mail me.
Our meetings can be face to face, or via Skype/FaceTime.
Dr Debbie Smith – BPS Chartered Counselling Psychologist
BPS Expert Witness | BPS Chartered Scientist | HCPC Registered | UKRCP Registered
BACP Senior Accredited Member | Certificate of European Psychology – EuroPsy
Senior Associate Member of the Royal Society of Medicine