Frequently Asked Questions

CBT Counselling

What is CBT Counselling?

CBT Counselling will enable you to resolve your problem by helping you to identify how the thoughts that you have lead to negative feelings and behaviours and then by teaching you a range to skills to enable you to change these thoughts and in turn the way that you feel and react to situations thus improving your problem and your overall experience of life.

What issues can CBT Counselling help with?

CBT Counselling can help adults, children and couples to deal with a range problems including:

Will CBT Counselling work?

Research indicates that CBT Counselling is currently the most effective talking therapy available and as such is recommended by the government body NICE for a range of mental health problems (see ‘What issues can it help with?’ above).

Your own attitude will also make a difference. If you go along determined to make the most of every session and be completely honest about yourself, it is more likely to work. If, as a result of what you learn about yourself, you are prepared to face your fears and risk making changes in your life, it is more likely to work.

What happens in CBT Counselling sessions?

Following an assessment (1-3 sessions depending on the type of problem) your Psychologist will outline a individually tailored treatment plan which you will work on together over a number of sessions (see ‘How long does it take’). The principle aim of CBT Counselling is to help you to become your own therapist so sessions focus on teaching you a range a psychological and practical techniques to help you overcome your problem which you will practice in between sessions.

Arranging and Attending CBT Counselling

How many CBT Counselling sessions will I need?

The number of sessions you will need will depend upon the severity and chronicity or your problem(s), however on average treatment prorammes are as follows:

  • Mild problems ( relatively recent onset) – 10-15 CBT Counselling sessions
  • Moderate problems – 20-30 CBT Counselling sessions
  • Severe problems – 40+ CBT Counselling sessions.

The CBT Counselling programme is reviewed on a regular basis to ensure that satisfactory progress is being made and that you are comfortable with all aspects of the CBT Counselling you are receiving.

The more time you can dedicate to practicing the techniques you are taught the more quickly you will begin to notice improvements in how you feel and how you respond things.

How often do I come to CBT Counselling?

During the first phase of CBT Counselling (the length of this will depend on the nature of your problem, see ‘How many CBT Counselling sessions will I need?) whilst you are learning the techniques you need to overcome your problem, you will attend CBT Counselling sessions on a weekly basis. As you become more familiar with the techniques and more confident in managing your problem independently the frequency of your CBT Counselling sessions will be reduced to fortnightly, then to monthly. You will then be offered a 3 month and a 6 month follow up CBT Counselling sessions to help you to iron out any residual problems or concerns.

How do I arrange a CBT Counselling appointment?

You can arrange a CBT Counselling appointment at any of our clinics by contacting us either by email info@thebritishcbtcounsellingservice.com or by telephone 0800 002 9068.

Our Psychologists

What training do our Psychologists have?

Our Psychologists are either Doctors of Clinical Psychology or Counselling Psychologists (Doctors or MSc). Each has spent between seven and nine years training to enable people to overcome their emotional difficulties using CBT Counselling and has been a qualified practitioner for at least two years. In addition to practicing privately, many hold (or have recently held) senior positions in the NHS.

In addition all our Psychologists are accredited to practice by The British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP) and hold a practicing certificate with The British Psychological Society(BPS). All are also registered with The Health Professions Council which monitors and regulates the practice of Clinical Psychologists and some are members of The British Association of Cognitive Psychotherapies South London.

What is a BPS Practicing Certificate and why is it important?

The British Psychological Society is the representative body for psychology and psychologists in the UK. The Society was formed in 1901 and has more than 45,000 members. Through its Royal Charter, the Society is charged with overseeing psychology and psychologists. It has responsibility for the development, promotion and application of pure and applied psychology for the public good. (http://www.bps.org.uk)

Practicing certificates are only issued to Chartered Psychologists which is the benchmark of professional recognition for psychologist. It reflects the highest standards of knowledge and expertise.

What is The BABCP ?

The BABCP is the British Association of Behavioural Cognitive Psychotherapists. It is the lead organisation for the theory, practice and development of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.(http://www.babcp.com). BABCP Accreditation is the “Gold Standard” that every CBT Psychotherapist is striving to achieve. Any psychotherapist can be a member but to achieve accreditation with the BABCP demonstrates that the therapist has met the criteria outlined in their core profession, qualifications and clinical experience.

Can you prescribe medication?

If patients require medication we refer and/or liaise with external agencies (e.g., psychiatrist, a private clinic, your GP) to ensure you have a specialist in medication management. All our Psychologists are trained in monitoring patients taking medication as an adjunct to CBT Counselling.

Payment

How much does CBT Counselling cost?

Our fees start from £120 and treatments include:

  • Pre Assessment Liaison / Consultation – email / phone – Free
  • Face-to-Face CBT Counselling Session – 50mins
  • Telephone CBT Counselling Session – 40mins
  • Video CBT Counselling session ** – 40mins
  • Online CBT Counselling

How do I pay for CBT Counselling?

Payment can be made by electronic transfer or via an online payment system. To avoid unnecessary breaks in CBT Counselling, cleared funds should appear in this account 48 hours before the appointment. To insure against late / unpaid fees and therefore to maximise the reliability of the service that we can offer sessions for which payment is not received (as cleared funds) 48 hours in advance will be cancelled.

To secure the preferred treatment slot the fee for the first consultation is payable at the point of booking. This is a non-refundable payment.

Do I pay if I don’t attend?

To ensure that CBT Counselling sessions can be offered on a regular basis to all patients:

  • The full CBT Counselling session rate will be charged for all sessions cancelled with less than 24 hours notice.
  • A maximum of two cancellations will be accepted in any 20 week period (inc. CBT Counselling sessions cancelled due to patient’s holidays or sickness and CBT Counselling sessions cancelled due to late payment by patients). The full CBT Counselling session rate will be charged for additional cancellations regardless of notice period.

If you have already paid for your CBT Counselling session and if appropriate the fee for your CBT Counselling session will be refunded to you by electronic transfer.

Unanswered questions?

Please do not hesitate to contact us either by phone 0800 002 9068 or by email (info@thebritishcbtcounsellingservice.com) with any other questions or concerns that you have. We look forward to hearing from you.