What is CBT?
Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy is an evidence based approach in helping others to overcome and cope with problems of daily living/ functioning. The main structure of therapy is based on principles of learning, information processing and problem solving. CBT is an active form of Psychotherapy which means that clients are central to therapy and their participation is equally important as their therapist’s in formulating specific strategies for dealing with their difficulties. Through the course of therapy, clients will experience changes in their thinking, beliefs and attitudes, emotions and Behaviours. The ultimate goal of therapy is helping clients to acquire skills and become their own therapist.
Common Mental health and emotional problems for which CBT strategies have demonstrated effectiveness are: Anxiety, phobias, OCD, depression&bi-polar disorders, eating disorders, PTSD, Asperger’s syndrome, psycho-sexual and relationship discord, psychosis and breaking unwanted habits.
Accessing and starting CBT :
For many clients, it is difficult to accept having a problem and needing external help. Therefore making the decision to contact a therapist is often, more difficult. Many clients have reported that making these initial decisions were the most difficult part of therapy. The following steps can be followed to get there:
- Step 1. Recognise that a problem exist and is interfering with your daily functioning.
- Step 2. Keep a diary of your own efforts to cope and /or overcome your difficulties.
- Step 3. Make the decision to enquire about CBT. At this stage, you don’t have to engage in therapy.
- Step 4. Make contact by telephone or email at the contact details provided. Initial enquiry is free and you will get a response within 24 hours.