Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT is one of the most researched therapies around. It has been found to be highly effective and is often recommended as the first line therapy within services such as the NHS. It has been proven to help people with a wide range of problems such as anxiety (including worry), depression, low self-esteem, OCD, PTSD, Childhood Trauma / Abuse and other problems stemming from traumatic experiences, Sleep Problems to name a few. CBT looks at how thinking can impact the way that we feel physically and emotionally and how how this influences our behaviour. The aim is to identify patterns which keep the problem going or make us feel stuck. This can help you to find different ways of coping or managing your problems which help you to move forward in the direction you want. This often leads to a major improvement in symptoms, relationships and quality of life.
Low intensity CBT
Low intensity CBT is a less intensive version of CBT for people who may not need a lot of support but may be looking for some direction from someone who is a skilled therapist. Behavioural activation and Graded Exposure are examples of evidence-based low intensity interventions widely used to address milder symptoms or to help people who need less intensive support.
Behavioural activation is a well-established evidence-based approach for depression cited in the NICE guidelines as an effective treatment. This is a structured therapy which supports people to increase their levels of activity as a way of breaking the vicious cycle of depression. It is the ‘B’ in CBT. It focuses on changing behaviours rather than the thinking processes underlying behaviour. It is suited for people who are finding that symptoms of depression or low mood (such as motivational problems, critical thoughts/voices or negative symptoms, etc) are getting in the way of their goals, anyone with reduced or limited levels of activity which they are not satisfied with, as well as individuals with goals that they are struggling to achieve on their own.
Graded exposure is also a well-established evidence-based approach for anxiety cited in the NICE guidelines for anxiety as an effective treatment. It is a structured approach which involves identifying steps towards goals that gradually support you to face your fears and overcome them, with the support of your therapist.
If you are interested in finding out more about Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) or Low Intensity Interventions being offered please contact us for a free initial telephone consultation. This includes our online CBT service.