Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) looks at how our thoughts influence the way that we feel and what we do. It then helps us to identify thoughts that are inaccurate and/or unhelpful and causing us distress or resulting in problematic behaviours and replace them with thoughts that lead to an improvement in mood and the development of behaviours that get us to where we want to be.

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How Does CBT Work?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy looks at how our thoughts influence the way that we feel and what we do. It then helps us to identify thoughts that are inaccurate and/or unhelpful and causing us distress or resulting in problematic behaviours and replace them with thoughts that lead to an improvement in mood and the development of behaviours that get us to where we want to be.

There are usually two phases to CBT, the first phase of therapy will help you to stabilise your symptoms so that you start to feel better on a day to day basis, the second will help you to identify what has made you vulnerable to developing the symptoms in the first place and work out ways of protecting yourself against these in the future so that your symptoms don’t return. Throughout CBT therapy you will be taught a range of both practical and psychological strategies to practice and implement in between sessions.

An average minimum number of sessions for the first phase of CBT is 15-20, the second phase of therapy is dictated by you and your experiences. However, the most significant influence on progress is how much time you can dedicate to practising CBT strategies and making changes outside of the session.

I had a course of CBT Counselling with The Harley Psychology & Therapy Group (Richmond) and although it didn’t provide me with the quick fix miracle solution I was hoping for, it has made my problems feel more manageable.

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What the Research into CBT Says

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy has the largest and most robust evidence base of any existing therapy and studies have revealed it can be as effective as medication for treating mental health problems. It is because of this that The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends CBT as the therapy of choice for Anxiety, Anger Control, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, OCD, PTSD, Eating Disorders, Panic Attacks, Psychosis and Phobias.

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