Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy. It can help people who are experiencing a wide range of difficulties. What people think (cognitive) can affect how they feel and how they behave (behavioural).
By working respectfully and collaboratively, practitioners can help each person identify cognitive and behavioural patterns that might contribute to the problems they are experiencing. Supporting individuals in their quest for change can help facilitate how a person feels and lives.
What can the client expect at the appointment
CBT requires a solid working relationship between patient and therapist – this is fundamental to treatment being a success. It is important that time is spent during this first appointment for patient and therapist to get to know each other. It is very much an assessment gathering exercise on both sides.
What will happen in a session
The client will discuss the problems with the therapist and together explore the areas that might be addressed. They will then plan out a programme of action which will be mutually agreed upon.
How many sessions should the client need before they see a result
This will depend on the problem being treated and the therapist being seen.
What can the therapy help
CBT has been known to help the following:
- Eating disorders.
- Dissociative identity disorder.
- Anxiety related problems.
- Panic attacks.
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
Who would benefit from this type of therapy
Anyone who wishes to better their quality of life.