What is cognitive behaviour therapy or CBT?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is now an intervention of choice in the UK for Depression, Anxiety, Substance Misuse, PTSD, Relationship Dilemmas and other psychological problems. The reason for this is that empirical studies have consistently demonstrated its effectiveness in improving these and other conditions.
There is an emphasis on outcomes, and progress towards specific goals is usually measured at every appointment. A standard appointment will involve covering the ‘Homework’ that was given to the client to complete over the course of the previous week. This means that people who wish to undertake some kind of CBT treatment need to be resourced in terms of both commitment and time to complete homework exercises. Negative automatic thoughts, dysfunctional assumptions and limiting core beliefs will then be explored, challenged and ‘corrected’ over the remainder of the session, either through dialogue or exercises. The dialogue aspect of the session might feel challenging, but remember this is not about challenging you as a person: It is about challenging your unhelpful beliefs and this is the point to the therapy. When your beliefs change, so therefore do your behaviours and feelings.
MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) is a form of 3rd Wave CBT, and this is also often integrated into the sessions to promote wellbeing. Normally CBT Treatment is time-limited, and will involve eight to twelve sessions of 50 minutes each that take place on a sequential weekly basis.
Who can practice as a CBT therapist?
CBT practitioners will have undertaken training in the modality, and will be accredited by bodies such as UKCP, BACP or BABCP.
What conditions is it useful for?
As well as the conditions mentioned above, CBT is helpful for working with Eating Disorders, Panic Attacks, OCD, Problem Solving, Self-Esteem, Social Anxiety, Anger problems and General Stress.
What is your next step to making an appointment?
David Lewis is at Breathe London Waterloo on Wednesdays and Fridays and at Breathe London Covent Garden on Mondays and Tuesdays
Jarell is at Breathe London Covent Garden on Fridays. Susan is at Waterloo on Fridays and Madeleine can be booked on an adhoc basis
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