What is CBT?

Often referred to simply as 'CBT', Cognitive Behavioural Therapy looks at the negative cycles of depression and anxiety which we can all experience, and explores techniques for changing patterns of thought and behaviour which keep us trapped in these cycles.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is recommended by NICE Guidelines for depression and anxiety disorders. This means that extensive research studies have proved that CBT can be an effective treatment.

CBT offers a practical way of breaking out of negative cycles, to help you move forward with your life.

As with any change we make in our lives, CBT can be challenging: therapy requires a commitment to attending appointments and doing set tasks in your own time between sessions. I will work with you to help you overcome your difficulties, and will provide you with tools which will help beyond our work together. It's important to remember that the more you commit to treatment, the more likely it is to be helpful to you.

How can CBT help?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy has been adapted to treat many mental health conditions. The areas I am experienced and qualified in are depression and anxiety disorders, including:

  • Depression (first episode or recurrent)
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Health Anxiety
  • Social Anxiety
  • Panic Disorder
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder
  • Specific Phobias

There are numerous benefits to seeking treatment privately, including:

  • Short waiting time for appointment
  • We can discuss and plan bespoke schedule of treatment just for you.
  • No record of treatment appearing in your medical history
  • Appointments delivered at non-traditional venues, providing anonymity
  • Flexibility – there are no limits on the number of sessions you can have

Find out more

For more information about cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and the conditions it can be used to treat, visit the NHS Choices website.

The national mental health charity Mind also has some useful information about CBT available on its website.