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What is CBT?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a type of structured talking therapy, aimed to help people master their problems in a collaborative way. You will be encouraged to actively participate in the therapeutic process and all aspects of the treatment that will be designed to meet your specific needs.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can be a short term process that is based on a strong body of research. The main aim of therapy is to reduce your distress by guiding you to identify unhelpful habits and patterns of thinking which may be preventing you from resolving your difficulties, achieving your goals and gaining your desired quality of life.

Difficulties CBT can be helpful for.

Low mood & depression:

This may be experienced as low mood, loss of energy, motivation and diminished interest in daily life and activities. In addition this can negatively effect your sleep, appetite and reduce your concentration. People may become irritable, struggle with short term memory and at times may even experience ideas of harming themselves. Depression can be triggered by a variety of life events such as loss, redundancy, adjustments to life events and associated trauma.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Sudden and upsetting life events such as a road traffic accident, rape or assault may have effects even once the event has passed. At times you may experience flashbacks and nightmares of the sudden and upsetting event, making it difficult for you to cope with your daily life. CBT and EMDR are recommended to help you process such distressing symptoms and events.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

Are you checking locks, washing hands, counting and identifying with numbers, chanting rituals in your head? Any of these can be but a few of the symptoms of OCD which can disrupt your life, impact on day to day functioning and affect those around you.

Anxiety difficulties:

CBT is highly effective with most other common anxiety disorders for example Agoraphobia, Panic Disorder and Health Anxiety.

Social Anxiety:

Social anxiety can effect people interacting with other people at work and social situations. Social anxiety may prevent you from gaining promotion or making new friends. This may get in the way of you doing things like making a presentation at work, attending a friend's wedding or going out for a meal with friends.

Worry- Generalised Anxiety Disorder.

Worry can be very distressing and stop you from getting on with day to day tasks. You may worry about many different things in life such as money, family, friends, world events, work, and future. You may find that most of your time is spent worrying and that you are struggling to switch off from these thoughts and manage the uncertainties of life.

Habit problems:

These are similar to OCD and may be habits that you are struggling to prevent yourself from doing such as pulling your hair out and picking at your skin.

Anger and irritability problems

Anger or irritability can interfere with all areas of your life. Do you find you are losing your temper more quickly when driving or dealing with people? Have you acted on these feelings and worry about the consequences? Is this effecting your work or relationship?

Low Self Esteem

Is confidence your problem? Low self esteem can present alongside many other problems such as social anxiety and depression. Do you struggle to accept compliments, acknowledge positive qualities about yourself and see yourself as equal to others?

Phobia

Do you feel you have an excessive fear of things such as spiders, blood, certain foods, needles, heights, confined spaces, vomit & animals? Do you try and avoid these things and this may stop you pursuing hobbies, careers, relationships and having spontaneous experiences.

Work related stress

Work related stress is a common problem that often goes unaddressed and can cause you to experience anxiety and low mood. Talking through these difficulties may help you remain at work or return to work after a period off sick.

Benefits of CBT include:

  • Offers an alternative to, or works with medications prescribed by your GP
  • Help you retain employment or return to work after a period of sickness
  • CBT can increase coping strategies and find new ways of managing that you may not have considered
  • Can help you improve relationships and physical health by reducing negative coping strategies
  • Assists to improve quality of life and gain a sense of wellbeing