What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
With Mindview Clinic
CBT is offered as individual therapy sessions arranged by appointment and can be held either face to face or online. Each session lasts between 50 to 60 minutes. We want you to get the most out of your session, therefore we ask all clients to arrive on time as we cannot extend appointments to accommodate those who arrive late.
- CBT is a talking therapy that is used to help people experiencing a wide range of psychological and mental health problems.
- An assessment is carried out at initial meetings for both you and your CBT therapist to explore your presenting problems and determine if this is an appropriate treatment to help with your presenting problems.
- If CBT is determined to be an appropriate treatment intervention for you then a plan of treatment will be discussed with your therapist.
- CBT helps with understanding thoughts and how these thoughts influence our feelings and behaviours.
- It can often be difficult to speak to family members or friends about our problems and therefore we can get stuck in vicious cycles of negative thinking, overwhelming feelings (i.e. anxiety, stress, low mood), and we may behave by avoiding talking about our difficulties.
- CBT provides an opportunity for you and your therapist to work together to make sense of how you are thinking, feeling and behaving and look at ways of understanding it and perhaps coping with it differently.
- It is an approach that is mostly present focused looking at the ‘here and now’ problems. It is goal orientated, time limited and directed towards clear and realistic solutions.
- CBT is an approach that requires active involvement where regular commitment is required to attend sessions and to do work in-between sessions.
- Work in-between sessions is an essential part of CBT treatment. This may involve some reading, keeping a diary, completing questionnaires, trying out thinking or behaving differently. A significant part of each CBT session is creating an ‘action plan’ of what needs to be done in-between our sessions to help with feeling better and regain a better level of functioning.
- The aim of CBT treatment at Mindview Clinic is for your therapist to support you with your journey to developing positive changes and to provide you with coping skills and techniques to manage difficult life situations that we can all encounter in our lives.
What is involved at your First 1:1 CBT Session with Mindview Clinic?
Many clients feel nervous attending the first session of therapy. This is understandable as many people may have avoided talking about there presenting problems for quite some time. I begin our session by welcoming you to my clinic and I will explain what the session will consist of. Then we will discuss the confidentiality procedures regarding your treatment with Mindview clinic. Confidentiality procedures are paramount to your care and it can help to know these are in place at the start of treatment as it can help you to trust that your story will not be spoken about outside of the clinic.
At our initial consultations a comprehensive mental health assessment will be carried out and the main problems you would like help with will be talked about. The assessment process is a significant part of CBT treatment as we can determine the best way forward in terms of what type of treatment plan is required to meet your needs and expectations of therapy. We may need more than one assessment session depending on your presenting difficulties for us to be clear on the best treatment approach for you to get the most out of therapy.
At the end of our first session you will provided with my professional feedback of the session and information will be provided on whether CBT treatment is the most appropriate treatment approach for you or you will be sign posted to other relevant services that are more appropriate for your presenting problems at this time.
If CBT is the treatment that is best suited for you we will discuss an initial treatment plan and arrange appointments for further therapy sessions.
What happens in Therapy?
Following our assessment we would have determined what CBT treatment is best suited for your presenting problems. There are all different CBT models for different types of treatment and this is one of the reasons we need to be clear together on what treatment is needed to help improve your mental health and well-being.
At the start of each session we would discuss what we will cover in the session and review your progress from the previous session. CBT is an approach where we work together, however it does require active involvement from you where regular commitment is required to attend sessions and to do work in-between sessions. Work in-between sessions is an essential part of CBT treatment. This may involve some reading, keeping a diary, completing questionnaires, trying out thinking or behaving differently etc.. This work would be decided together at the end of each session. A significant part of each CBT session is creating an ‘action plan’ of what needs to be done in-between our sessions to help with feeling better and regain a better level of functioning.
Based on our initial assessment sessions we would then make sense of your problems by visually mapping it out together and looking at the various areas in terms of what situations may trigger negative thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and behaviours as these maybe potentially keeping your problems going. CBT provides an opportunity for you and your therapist to work together to make sense of
how you are thinking, feeling and behaving and look at ways of understanding it and perhaps coping with it differently. It is an approach that is mostly present focused looking at the ‘here and now’ problems, however we may need to look at areas of a persons early experiences in order to make sense of how certain beliefs and ways of living have been formed. This can help with making sense of where certain issues may have evolved from. CBT is goal orientated where therapy goals are important to be identified in terms of what you would like to be different for you at the end of treatment.
We will do regular reviews of your progress throughout your treatment to ensure you are getting the most out of therapy. At the end of treatment we will devise a relapse prevention plan where we review all your treatment and the skills learned in therapy. This helps with increasing your awareness of potential early warning signs of relapse and helps with putting strategies in place to prevent your symptoms reoccurring.
How many sessions of CBT do I need?
The amount of CBT sessions required varies for each person as each persons needs are different. We will be able to discuss the approximate number of sessions you may need following our assessment of your presenting problems. Typically you should be seeing improvements in your mental health after 6 to 8 sessions. However, therapy takes time and usually CBT treatment can take between 6 to 20 sessions to complete. Having regular sessions are much more effective than sporadic or intermittent attendance particularly at the start of your treatment.
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