Is CBT more effective than other forms of therapy?
CBT is the most heavily researched form of psychotherapy and has proven effectiveness.
How is CBT different from other kinds of therapy?
CBT is not at all like traditional psychotherapy. In traditional psychotherapy, the focus is often on talking about the past. CBT focuses on overcoming panic in the present, as opposed to searching the past for contributing factors. In CBT, you learn skills that you practice in the therapist's office and on your own. CBT is directed at helping people with the identification of beliefs and negative or distorted ways of thinking, to help recognise and change these cognitive errors. Sometimes how we feel and behave to cope with problems may be unhelpful in the longer term.
I am not sure what my problem is?
Don't worry, this is normal. Part of the process of therapy is to help you to understand the problem. If CBT is found not to be suitable, then this will be explained to you and alternative support can be recommended.
How long does CBT take?
The amount of sessions are different for each person depending on what you would like help with and your therapy goals. A general rule is, if your difficulty has only been around for a short period of time ( less than a year) it’s likely between 6-20 sessions. If your difficulty has been with you for many years then a longer course is usually required between 12 -25 sessions.
How long does a session last?
Each session will last one hour.
Anything you say in the therapy session remains confidential. Confidentiality is only broken if the therapist has concerns that you are a risk to yourself or someone else. If this concern arises I would discuss this with you and encourage you to seek further support yourself, for example I may request an appointment with your GP.
What can I expect in my first session?
The first session will be very informal and an opportunity for you to get to know me. It is very important that a client feels comfortable with their therapist, so this is an opportunity for you to ask questions and tell me about yourself. I will also explain about CBT sessions and start the assessment. The first session and often the first few sessions are about getting a really good understanding of the difficulties which have brought you to therapy.
How often do I need the sessions?
It is recommended that CBT is delivered in weekly sessions to help develop the therapeutic relationship and ensure things are not forgotten in-between sessions. Some people start to have the sessions fortnightly towards the end of therapy.
Is there homework?
There are tasks that need to be completed outside of the sessions to ensure the information is not forgotten. There are 168 hours in a week, so it is important that the other 167 hours outside of therapy are utilised to continue the good work done in therapy sessions. Clients get the most of their sessions if they take an active role.
What if I’m sceptical about CBT?
It's not necessary to believe in this approach for it to work. As you see the results for yourself, you begin to believe in it.
Will I be able to discontinue my medication?
Many people find they get excellent results with a combination of CBT and medication. Many others prefer CBT alone – But everyone is different and you should always seek advice from your GP.
Cancelling an appointment
I require 24 hours notice to avoid payment. Any missed appointments without this notice period, will be charged at normal rate.
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