CBT is a talking therapy that provides treatment to a wide range of mental health problems such as depression, anxiety symptoms including panic attacks and agoraphobia, stress, excessive worry also known as generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), Low Self esteem, Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). CBT is based how we perceive or interpret situations which influence our thoughts, feelings, what we do, and how our we feel in our bodies which are all connected and making a change to one of these can alter all the others components. If we are feeling low, anxious or stressed we can automatically fall into patterns of negative thinking and behave in ways that can worsen how we feel. Often people engage in unhelpful behaviours because they may not be aware or have knowledge at that time that these behaviours are perhaps maintaining there problems. CBT works to help us understand how we are thinking and feeling and discover if there are any behaviour patterns that can be changed to help with feeling better. CBT can be a very effective approach with helping people to develop coping strategies to help manage there difficulties and improve there mental health.
I would conduct a comprehensive mental health assessment in the initial part of our meetings for us to explore the persons presenting needs and to determine if CBT is the best treatment intervention for that person and if not we would decide on the best way forward for the person in terms of what supports are need to help with there presenting problems.
CBT is a collaborative approach that goal orientated and time limited. The ultimate aim is to develop an understanding of the persons problem and to develop clear, acheiveable and realistic solutions. Treatment times can vary for each individual presentations and needs. My aim as a CBT therapist is to work with people at their pace and to provide a holistic person centred approach and build therapeutic and trusting relationship with my clients. I am extremely passionate about my work as a CBT therapist and I really love what I do! My favourite part of this job is seeing clients get better and knowing that you have helped someone get back doing what they want to do and have a better quality of life and well-being.