Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
CBT considers how our thoughts or interpretations about situations inform our feelings and behaviour. Once these have been identified, the therapist works collaboratively with the client to consider ways to gently challenge some of these beliefs and gradually change the behaviours. This can bring relief to painful feelings and provide techniques for staying well in the future. I also use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a contemporary development of CBT that uses mindful awareness as a way of accepting difficult thoughts and feelings rather than fighting with them. It also enables people to connect with their values in order to make healthy decisions about how to cope in everyday situations. Depending on the issue, therapy usually takes around 10 – 16 weekly sessions. This can be extended for more complex issues. CBT and ACT can be useful for specific issues such as anxiety, insomnia or depression.