A. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a talking therapy that focuses on how your thoughts, beliefs and attitudes affect the way you behave. It teaches new coping skills and provides understanding as to why you think, feel and behave the way you do. It is a practical, structured and helpful therapy which has been proven to provide relief for many mental health issues.
Q. If I come to see you, do I have to do CBT?
A. No. I am an integrative therapist, which means I am qualified to deliver more than one model of therapy. We can discuss together what would best meet your needs.
Q. How many sessions will I need?
A. How long is a piece of string! I'm sorry, but it is not really possibe to answer this until we meet and do an assessment. I will not know what issues you are facing and what our treatment plan will be. A rough guide would be 12 sessions. We want to alleviate the distress that has brought you to therapy but we also want to work on the roots of your difficulties so as to prevent them
re- occuring in the future.
Q. What can I expect at my first session?
A. At our first session together I ask you for some information, for example your contact details, general health and any medications you may be taking. Then I ask you to complete 2 multiple choice questionnaires: CORE ( Clinical Outcomes Routine Evaluation) which is a 34 question generic measuring tool for psychological distress and a DASS (Depression, Anxiety & Stress) questionnare. If you have come to see me for treatment for PTSD or OCD for example, I may add another specific assessment tool for your particular issue. We will discuss and sign our therapy agreement / contract together. This gives you information on confidentiality, how to contact me, and confirms that I am a member of BABCP (British Association of Behavioural Cognitive Psychotherapy)