Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, commonly referred to as “CBT” is currently the treatment recommended for most emotional and psychological problems.

Who is CBT for?

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 have struggled with anxiety for years and tried many different things. I had CBT sessions in Richmond over the course of about a year and I now feel much, much better. I would definitely recommend them to anyone with a problem”.

KATIE, Richmond

What the Research into ACT Says

Research into Acceptance & Commitment Therapy has a developing evidence base with over 20 randomised controlled trials across a variety of problems and this research suggests consistent support for ACT for a broad range of problems including: chronic pain, addictions, smoking cessation, depression, anxiety, psychosis, stress, diabetes management, weight management, epilepsy control, self-harm, body dissatisfaction, eating disorders and burn out.

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