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What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?

  • CBT is an evidence-based, problem-focused approach which can enable you to change the way you think, feel and behave.
  • It aims to support people with mild to moderate common mental health difficulties, such as low mood, anxiety, and stress.
  • Your sessions may be weekly or fortnightly and you will have an opportunity to agree the number of sessions in your treatment plan with your Cognitive Behavioural Therapist.  Usually you will receive between 10-16 sessions.
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy will usually be delivered in individual sessions at a GP practice or local health clinic, with sessions lasting up to 50 minutes.
  • We may also use an online programme or group sessions to complement individual session work.

Who supports me?

  • A Cognitive Behavioural Therapist will deliver the therapy and can support you to enable you to make positive changes.

What are the benefits?

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy helps you examine the here and now; you will get support to understand your current difficulties and how they are affecting you. It will enable you to recognise events in your past that may have shaped the way that you currently think and behave.
  • You will have a chance to learn techniques to change thinking patterns and behaviours that may be maintaining your current difficulties through a practical, problem focused structure.
  • This will help you to make positive and practical changes in your life that will allow you to better manage your issues now and in the future.
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is evidence-based and is a recommended intervention by the NICE Guidelines (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence).
  • Research studies have shown that CBT is just as likely to be effective as medication in treating depression and certain anxiety disorders. There is also good research evidence to show that CBT can help to improve symptoms of some physical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.

How do I access this?

You will first need an assessment  with one of our therapists. You will have an opportunity to talk about your difficulties and what your goals are. During your assessment you will be able to discuss treatment options with your therapist, where you may both decide that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is best suited to your needs. You will then be given an appointment for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy as soon as one becomes available.

What to expect

Find out more information about our service and what you can expect from the process here.

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What we offer

There are a large range of therapies available to help you within our service. You can read more about the techniques we use here.

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We have a range of courses available as part of our service. Click the link below to find out more.

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Frequently asked questions

It is common to have many questions about our service, we have answered many of the common questions here.

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