Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a type of talk therapy that can be helpful in treating a wide range of mental health conditions, such as anxiety, depression

Life can be a challenge and admitting you need help is the first part of making things better.

It may not feel like it at the moment but you really don't have to continue feeling how you do right now.

Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) is a form of psychological treatment that has been shown to be effective for a variety of mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, and stress.

Here are some ways that CBT can help:

  • Identify negative thoughts and beliefs: CBT can help you recognise negative patterns of thinking that may be contributing to your mental health issues.
  • Challenge and reframe negative thoughts: Once negative thoughts and beliefs are identified, CBT can help you challenge them and develop more positive and accurate ways of thinking.
  • Improve coping skills: CBT can teach you new coping skills to help you manage stress and anxiety.
  • Increase problem-solving abilities: CBT can help you develop problem-solving skills, allowing you to feel more empowered and in control.
  • Enhancing communication skills: CBT can help you learn to communicate more effectively with others, which can improve your relationships and reduce interpersonal conflict.
  • Improving self-esteem: CBT can help you identify and challenge negative self-talk and develop a more positive self-image. By improving your self-esteem, you may feel more confident and better able to cope with life's challenges.

Overall, CBT is a practical and effective approach to therapy that can help you gain insight into your thoughts and feelings, develop coping skills, and improve your mental health and overall quality of life.

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What is CBT?

CBT stands for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. It is a form of talk therapy that focuses on changing negative patterns of thought and behaviour that may be causing or contributing to mental health issues.

How does CBT work?

CBT is based on the idea that our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours are interconnected. The therapy involves identifying negative patterns of thought and behaviour, challenging and changing those patterns, and developing more positive and effective ways of thinking and behaving.

What issues can CBT help with?

CBT has been shown to be effective in treating a range of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety disorders, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and substance abuse.

How many sessions will I need?

The number of sessions needed varies depending on the nature and severity of the issues being addressed, as well as the client's individual needs. Some clients may benefit from only a few sessions, while others may require longer-term therapy.

What happens in a CBT session?

In a CBT session, you will work with a therapist to identify negative patterns of thought and behaviour, challenge and change those patterns, and develop more positive and effective ways of thinking and behaving. The therapist may also give you homework assignments to practice outside of therapy sessions.

Will I have to talk about my past in CBT?

While some forms of therapy may focus heavily on the past, CBT is primarily focused on the present and future. However, it may be helpful to explore past experiences that have contributed to current issues.

Is CBT right for everyone?

CBT can be an effective treatment for many people, but it is not a one-size-fits-all solution. It may not be the best approach for everyone, and it is important to work with a mental health professional to determine the most appropriate treatment for your individual needs.

How often do I need CBT?

Sessions are normally weekly initially and then dialled back to once every two weeks for as long as you need them.
I don't normally see people for single or adhoc sessions as this rarely builds lasting change.

How does CBT differ from other therapies?

Similar to coaching, CBT requires active participation in solving your problems. It isn't just about talking through your problems. It's about discussing them, understanding them more fully, and developing strategies that you will implement to improve your situation and how you feel.

Some forms of counselling concern themselves purely with the past and how they affect your present day feelings. CBT takes the next step by helping you focus on your present situation and what you can do to change it for the better.

While some forms of counselling focus largely on coming to terms with the past, CBT helps you understand how your thoughts, feelings and behavours are connected, and how by changing any one of these things you can affect the others.

In short, CBT is about giving you a toolkit to cope with the ups and downs of life.

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My Approach

I offer an integrative approach to counselling. This approach emphasises the importance of the therapeutic relationship and focuses on the client's strengths, resources, and resilience. Using this approach I am able to combine different theories and techniques from various therapeutic modalities to provide you with a personalised treatment.

My goal is to provide a safe and non-judgmental space where you can explore your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours and gain insight into your experiences both past and present.

Why can you trust me?


  •  Life Coaching (Blackford Centre)
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills (CPCAB)
  • CBT Practitioner (Achology)
  • Counselling Practitioner (Achology)

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