BABCP accredited CBT therapist / Supervisor and EMDR Therapist in Staffordshire and Cheshire
If you choose to work with me, I am very aware that I may be the first person you are opening up to about your problems, and I appreciate how difficult that may be. My first aim is to help you feel understood.
Each session is collaborative and based on your needs, starting with an assessment. Based on current needs this then initiates the formulation, to develop a shared understanding of what the difficulty is. Following a detailed assessment we would then start therapy sessions, monitoring symptoms and goals on a weekly basis to review progress.
What is CBT?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy which is based on the idea that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and behaviour are interconnected, and that negative thoughts and feelings can trap you in a cycle.
What Happens During a Session?
If CBT is recommended, you'll usually have a session with a therapist once a week or once every two weeks. The course of treatment usually lasts for between five and twelve sessions, with each session lasting 60 minutes.
During the sessions, you'll work with your therapist to break down your problems into their separate parts – such as your thoughts, physical feelings and actions.
You and your therapist will analyse these areas to work out if they're unrealistic or unhelpful and to determine the effect they have on each other and on you. Your therapist will then be able to help you work out how to change unhelpful thoughts and behaviours.
After working out what you can change, your therapist will ask you to practise these changes in your daily life and you'll discuss how you got on during the next session.
The eventual aim of therapy is to teach you to apply the skills you've learned during treatment to your daily life.
This should help you manage your problems and stop them having a negative impact on your life – even after your course of treatment finishes.