What Is CBT?
CBT centers on the identification of "irrational" beliefs that can lead to illogical thinking
processes and emotional disturbances. Although we can all think irrationally at times, if we
constantly interpret events in a dysfunctional manner we may become anxious and depressed.
Psychotherapists who work within the cognitive model helps clients to identify these
"cognitive distortions" in order that they may change their reactions and behaviours. CBT is
based on the assumption that it's not events themselves that upset us, but the meanings we
give them. Our thoughts can block us seeing things that don't fit with what we believe are
true. In other words, we continue to hold on to the same old thoughts and fail to learn
For example, a depressed woman may think, 'I can't face going into work today: I can't do it. Nothing will go right. I'll feel awful.' As a result of having these thoughts – and of believing them – she may well ring in sick. By behaving like this, she won't have the chance to find out that her prediction was wrong. She might have found some things she could do, and at least some things that were OK. But, instead, she stays at home, brooding about her failure to go in and ends up thinking: 'I've let everyone down. They will be angry with me. Why can't I do what everyone else does? I'm so weak and useless.' So, that woman probably ends up feeling worse, and has even more difficulty going in to work the next day. Thinking, behaving and feeling like this may start a downward spiral. This vicious circle can apply to many different kinds of problems.
What Conditions Is CBT Useful For?
CBT is often helpful in cases of anxiety, low self esteem, depression, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), trauma, panic and relationship issues. It is used effectively in the treatment of addictions and eating disorders. Although CBT sessions can last for many months, we find that combining the most effective CBT approaches with other therapies means that you require fewer sessions.
What is CBT 40?
We created CBT 40 with our clients in mind. This type of CBT will not be suitable for all clients and it may be that, following the assessment, we suggest CBT in the form of a normal counselling framework. If CBT 40 is suitable for you it is a 30-40 minute session with the first part of the session focusing on previous goals and completed tasks and the second half will be setting new targets and tasks for the coming week. There will also be time for discussing anything that you may be concerned about. There will be time to discuss this form of therapy during your assessment.
Any CBT sessions are quite structured, with plenty of client input. Staged goals will be set and you may be asked to keep a diary. You will be asked to carry out tasks in between sessions.
The fee for 'CBT 40' is £40 per session (30-45 minutes) inclusive of VAT. However our service extends to contact between sessions which most counsellors do not allow. We are happy to receive emails, texts and calls (during normal working hours) when our clients have emergency problems or are finding it difficult to cope and would like guidance. Payment can be made through PayPal online, cheque, online banking or by cash. You can also request an invoice which will be sent in a timely manner.
One Session Of CBT40: £40