Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Although I have trained in several different therapeutic models and use or combine them according to the needs of the client, one of my main approaches is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). CBT is a collaborative treatment that is recommended for many disorders including depression, anxiety disorders (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Panic attacks, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Phobias, Health Anxiety and Social Anxiety) anger management, addictions and relationship difficulties. It is an active therapy which aims to promote symptom reduction by working on our emotions, thoughts and behaviours. The idea behind CBT is that our (often maladaptive) thought patterns impact on how we feel and behave. The therapy uses a series of skills and techniques to make changes to our thought patterns, behaviours and emotions in order to bring about a reduction in our symptoms. CBT is a leading evidence-based treatment shown to be effective in the long-term and recommended by NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) and the NHS. I have completed further specialist training in CBT and am accredited with the CBT regulatory body (BABCP).