Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is an active/directive and structured model of Psychotherapy. It differs to other models of counselling/psychotherapy as following case assessment, both client and therapist will work together to agree a set agenda for therapy. This will focus on specific areas in order to achieve the client’s desired outcome.
This model of therapy is psycho-educative in nature and includes out of session work in order to increase the effectiveness of, and reduce the overall time spent in therapy.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is recommended by NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) as an effective treatment for depression, anxiety, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and eating disorders.
Whilst CBT is a time limited therapy (usually 6 – 16 sessions) it works at the client’s preferred pace.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy initially focuses on linking the client’s feelings and behaviours to their thought processes about themselves, others and the world .
At your first session CBT will be fully explained to you in order for you to decide if this type of therapy is going to best suit you.
As well as being an accredited member of the BACP, I am also a member of the BABCP (British Association for Behaviour and Cognitive Psychotherapies)