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What is CBT?
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a type of therapy that aims to help you manage your problems by changing how you think and act.
CBT encourages you to talk about:
• How you think about yourself, the world and other people
• How what you do affects your thoughts and feelings
By talking about these things, CBT can help you to change how you think (‘cognitive’) and what you do (‘behaviour’), which can help you feel better about life.
Who can benefit from it?
CBT is particularly helpful in tackling problems such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and panic attacks. Unlike other talking treatments, such as psychotherapy, CBT focuses on the problems and difficulties you have now, rather than issues from your past. It looks for practical ways you can improve your state of mind on a daily basis.
Number of sessions
CBT usually involves weekly or fortnightly sessions with a therapist. The number of sessions required varies greatly depending on your problems and objectives, with treatment usually lasting from six weeks to six months.
CBT can help you see how your thoughts and behaviour relate to the way you feel, and how this might contribute to problems in your life. As your therapist, I will help you find ways to change your thought patterns and behaviour so you can cope with your problems and anxieties better. CBT cannot remove your problems, but can help you to manage them in a more positive way. CBT is thought to be one of the most effective treatments for anxiety and depression.
"I feel that I am able to view myself with a more rational lens and think about myself in a more positive light. I’ve learnt great self tools to help me achieve that. I feel that from now on it’s about me implementing my action plans.
I’ve got a couple of dates lined up. I’m happy I have got that sorted. This is good.
I’ve got more confidence about me now. I definitely think differently."
Female (Aged 30)
“I've developed some new skills, which have greatly helped me get through those negative times, which we all feel.”
Female (Aged 44)
CBT for depression, anxiety and low self-esteem
When I first stepped foot into therapy with Sarah, I was lost, hopeless and at rock bottom. Living with the emotions of past traumas on my shoulders was bringing me down to where I had started to hate myself, affecting my professional life and surrounding relationships with my family, partner and friends in the process, rendering me into feeling depressed, anxious and self-hatred on a daily basis.
Since Meeting with Sarah regularly since the tail end of June 2018, I have learnt various techniques and strategies to manage my negative and defeatist thoughts and to shift my focus onto more positive outlooks so I'm not drowning in multiple depressive/anxious Thoughts or dwelling on past events in my life.
Without the help I received from Sarah these past couple of months, I would still be stuck in my past state, unable to cope with the basics of life. I have learnt a great deal about myself and how to progress with some techniques in the future. I cannot recommend Sarah enough to anybody my age in my position, if you're thinking of help, please do, it will be the best thing you can ever do for yourself.
I walked into therapy and lost child, and now, I've walked out a strong man.
(Male, aged 24, September 2018)