What is CBT

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a therapy that can help you to change how you think and what you do. These changes can help you to feel better.

CBT is based on feelings you are having now and what is maintaining those feelings such as feeling anxiety, sadness or anger can be maintained by unhelpful behaviours like avoidance and unhelpful thinking styles like all or nothing thinking.

CBT is a structured therapy, a typical treatment plan would have an agenda that is set collaboratively. This is to enable you to prioritise what you want to discuss and also to stay focussed so skills are learnt to enable you to meet your goals.

  • Assessment
  • Agree problem(s) and treatment goals
  • Therapy sessions (average 8 – 12)
  • Achieve treatment goals and outcomes
  • Relapse prevention plan

How does CBT work?

CBT works by taking a specific situation where you have experienced a negative mood and breaking it down into thoughts, feelings, and physical feelings and how you act in that situation. Gaining insight into how these parts are interrelated and effect each other allow us to change a part to make us feel better. The purpose of CBT is to provide you with skills that will enable you to manage how you feel.

Who does CBT benefit?

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends CBT as the therapy of choice for anxiety , depression and other conditions in children, adolescents and adults. There is extensive evidence on effectiveness of CBT for a variety of conditions.

Below is a list of some of the issues that CBT has been proven to be effective for.

  • Depression
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • General Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Social Anxiety
  • Health Anxiety
  • Low Self Esteem
  • Anger
  • Phobias

Why use our CBT services?

We have been extremely successful in achieving treatment goals in Depression, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Low Self-esteem, Social Anxiety Disorder, Health Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Anger, and Specific Phobias (such as blood and injury phobia).

Our success is achieved by a combination of three things:

  1. We provide a safe and secure therapeutic relationship.
  2. We use protocols from the latest effective evidence based research and informing clients that if they put it into practise it is most likely to work.
  3. We work collaboratively with clients and motivate them to carry out work at home such as noticing a change of mood and recording thoughts.

At Thinking Therapy we will do everything we can to motivate the client to stick with their treatment plans and reach their treatment goals.

Effectiveness is down to how actively the client participates with set tasks between sessions. All clients without exception have made significant improvements.