Cognitive behavioural psychotherapy (CBT) has grown in reputation over recent years, and is now the treatment of choice for many of the common difficulties people experience, including depression and anxiety.
CBT psychotherapy is not an approach that will delve deeply into your past.
CBT psychotherapy focuses upon identifying and changing problem thoughts and behaviours directly.
As a consequence, less time is spent reflecting on the origins of difficulties, and more time is spent overcoming the actual problems themselves.
Initial sessions are designed to collect information to produce a ‘formulation’, or model, of how your difficulties started and are maintained.
This part of CBT psychotherapy treatment is not designed to be therapeutic as such, but many people find knowing how their problems ‘work’ is greatly helpful.
With the formulation in place, we can start tackling the patterns of thoughts and behaviours directly.
Targeting specific thoughts and behaviours has the effect of making the problems dissolve as new, more helpful, thoughts, behaviours, skills and techniques are introduced.
Many people say the skills they learn in CBT psychotherapy help them with many other life problems.
These are powerful techniques that are highly effective and backed by years of empirical evidence.
CBT psychotherapy is widely practiced in the NHS, and is recommended by NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) as the first line of attack for many mental health problems.
Depending on where you live, however, referral for CBT on the NHS can take over a year.
Given the earlier mental health issues are treated, the quicker and more effective the treatment will be, you might decide that the wait for an NHS referral is too long.
I offer cognitive behavioural psychotherapy (cbt) in Manchester for a range of common mental health issues including:
CBT for anger management in Manchester.
CBT for premature ejaculation in Manchester.
CBT for perfectionism in Manchester.
CBT therapy for uncomplicated issues with recent onset can take 5 to 20 sessions.
Chronic or enduring mental health issues can take longer.
This is a practical, time limited approach to therapy, one that instinctively appeals to many.
However, if you find it difficult to pin down what you think is wrong, or you feel the need to explore aspects of your past, present or future in a less structured way, need to make decisions in your life, or just need someone to talk to outside your friends and family, then counselling might be a better option.
If your problems stem from childhood, or have been chronic and enduring for many years, or if you have a large number of difficulties to overcome, then schema psychotherapy might be a better option.
At our initial informal assessment session we can decide what is likely to be the best way forward for you.
I keep up to date with new development in CBT with ongoing training and supervision and use the latest techniques including mindfulness based cognitive therapy and schema therapy.
I am a member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotheray.