Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a problem-solving approach that has been shown in studies to be highly effective for the treatment of many issues such as depression, anxiety (and general anxiety disorders), panic, and anger management. It can also be used in the management of chronic pain, and other debilitating conditions such as fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and ME.

The client and therapist work together as a team to identify and solve problems, and therapists help clients to overcome their difficulties through changing their thinking, behaviour, and emotional response. In identifying the unhelpful or distorted cognitions (thoughts), the therapist will help the client develop skills and strategies to challenge those thoughts, and explore a different way of thinking and behaving.

What happens in the first session?

In the first session, the therapist will help you evaluate, refine and prioritise your goals, and consider what can be achieved in the number of sessions agreed upon. After the first couple of sessions, the therapist will be able to give a clearer idea as to the number of sessions needed, and the possible outcome of the work you do together. Initially, a client would see their therapist weekly; when the situation feels more manageable for the client, sessions are spaced further apart to give the client time to practise skills and strategies learnt through the therapy.

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