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Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy has been proved to help treat a wide range of emotional & physical health problems. CBT looks at how we think about a situation & how this affects the way we act. In turn our actions can affect how we think & feel. The therapist & client work together in changing the client’s behaviours, or their thinking patterns, or both of these. CBT is mainly concerned with how you think & act now, instead of looking at & getting help with difficulties from your past.

There is a great deal of research evidence to show that CBT works effectively with many psychological problems including Chronic Fatigue Syndrome etc.

The National Institute for Health & Clinical Evidence (NICE) recommends CBT in the treatment of the following conditions:

• Anxiety disorders, panic attacks, phobias
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
• Depression
• Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

There is also good evidence that CBT is helpful in treating many other conditions, including:

• Irritable Bowel Syndrome
• Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
• Chronic pain
• Sleep difficulties
• Anger management
• Physical symptoms without a medical diagnosis

CBT can be used if you are on medication which has been prescribed by your GP. You can also use CBT on its own.

At The Rooms CBT is offered in individual sessions with a therapist. The number of CBT sessions you need depends on the difficulty you need help with & your therapist should be able to provide you with an idea of this during the first session.

You & your therapist will discuss your specific difficulties & goals for you to achieve. CBT is not a quick fix, it involves hard work between sessions. Your therapist will not tell you what to do, instead they will help you decide what difficulties you want to work on in order to improve your situation. Your therapist will be able to advise you on how to continue to use CBT techniques in your daily life after your treatment ends.

The most important professional body for CBT therapists is BABCP (British Association of Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapists www.babcp.com).

The professional body for many psychologists who use CBT is the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) www.hcpc-uk.org

We are able to provide cognitive behavioural therapy at reduced costs, with fully trained CBT therapists, for people on limited incomes.