Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy. It has been proven to help treat a wide range of emotional and physical health conditions in adults, young people and children. CBT looks at how we think about a situation and how this affects the way we act. In turn, our actions can affect how we think and feel. The therapist and client work together in changing the client’s behaviours, or their thinking patterns, or both of these.
NICE recommends CBT in the treatment of the following conditions:
There is also emerging evidence suggesting CBT is helpful in treating many other conditions: At Elite Psychology we use CBT interventions to treat the following problems:
CBT is an efficacious intervention delivered on its own. However, there are benefits to combining CBT with specific medication for specific problems. Our CBT specialist associates would discuss the treatment with you and tailor the intervention to your individual problem and lifestyle, while respecting your choice and prioritising your therapy goals.
If CBT is recommended, you will usually have a session with a therapist once a week or once every two weeks. The course of treatment will usually last between 6 and 20 sessions, with each session lasting 50 minutes.
During the sessions, you will work with your therapist to break down your problems into their separate parts – such as your thoughts, physical responses, feelings and behaviours.
You and your therapist will analyse these areas to work out if they are unrealistic or unhelpful and to determine the effect they have on each other and on you. Your therapist will then be able to help you work out how to change unhelpful thoughts and behaviours.
After working out what you can change, your therapist will ask you to practise these changes in your daily life and you will discuss how you got on during the next session.
The eventual aim of therapy is to teach you to apply the skills you have learnt during treatment to your daily life. This should help you manage your problems and stop them from having a negative impact on your life, even after your course of treatment finishes.
There is a great deal of research evidence to show that CBT is highly effective in treating depression. This research has been carefully reviewed by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
NICE provides independent, evidence-based guidance for the NHS on the most effective ways to treat disease and ill health. CBT is recommended by NICE for the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders.
Your treatment plan will always be tailored to fit your lifestyle and needs. Not only do we pride ourselves on being an evidence-based practice, whereby we only use treatments that are proven to work, we also endeavor to be a practice-based practice: We will invite continuous feedback to ensure we are delivering the most effective intervention that has the greatest benefits for you. At Elite Psychology we try to accommodate people’s needs and can provide therapy via different modes such as Skype or face time.
Call us on 020 3815 7935 for further information or to book an assessment. Alternatively you can complete the online contact form.