Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
CBT was originally developed in the 1960s and it has been evolving ever since. It is a short-to-medium term active approach to change, which encourages people to develop tools to become their 'own therapists'.
How does CBT work?
People tend to come to therapy to change the way they feel. However, in my experience, it can be hard to work simply on feeling brighter or calmer. CBT is based on the idea that difficult feelings arise in the context of certain patterns of thinking and behaviour. I have found that CBT can be a powerful tool to help people break their vicious cycles, by targeting unhelpful thoughts and behaviours.
Although CBT is an approach that focuses on the present, I think it is important to understand past experiences in order to develop a joint understanding of how the current patterns have developed over time.
Will CBT help me?
CBT has a growing evidence base, which means that the government currently recommends it for a range of psychological problems (see
NICE guidelines). Despite the research evidence, CBT is not helpful for everyone all of the time. For this reason, I do a full assessment to decide with you whether a trial of CBT may help.