What is CBT?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a way of talking about how you think about yourself, the world and other people, and how what you do affects your thoughts and feelings. Unlike some of the other talking treatments, it focuses on ‘here and now’ problems and difficulties. Instead of focusing on the causes of your distress or symptoms in the past, it looks for ways to improve your state of mind now.
CBT has been shown to help with many different types of problems. These include anxiety, depression, panic, phobias (including agoraphobia and social phobia), stress, bulimia, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder and psychosis. CBT can also help if you have difficulties with anger, a low opinion of yourself or physical health problems, like pain or fatigue.
Simon practices a type of CBT called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy or ACT for short. ACT gets its name from one of its core messages: accept what is out of your personal control, and commit to taking action that enriches your life. The aim of ACT is to help us create a rich, full and meaningful life, while accepting the pain and stress life can bring. ACT does this by:
- teaching psychological skills to handle difficult thoughts and feelings effectively, in such a way that they have much less impact and influence – these are known as mindfulness skills; and
- helping us to clarify what’s truly important and meaningful to us – that is, clarify our values – and use that knowledge to guide, inspire and motivate us to set goals and take action that enriches our life.
Is CBT effective?
There is a great deal of research evidence to show that CBT works effectively in treating anxiety and depression. This research has been carefully reviewed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). NICE provides independent, evidence-based guidance for the NHS on the most effective ways to treat disease and ill health.
Is CBT suitable for children and younger people?
There is strong body of evidence supporting the use of CBT with children and young people.
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence NICE: has issued the following guideline for the treatment of depression in children and young people:
Children and young people with moderate to severe depression should be offered, as a first-line treatment, a specific psychological therapy (individual CBT, interpersonal therapy or shorter-term family therapy; it is suggested that this should be for at least 3 months’ duration).
Although there is no NICE Guideline for Anxiety, there is a strong evidence base for CBT as an effective psychological treatment for anxiety disorders in children such as: OCD, Generalised Anxiety, Specific Phobias, Social Phobia, School Refusal, Traumatic Stress and Chronic Fatigue (Stallard 2011).
How long does a course of CBT last?
How many sessions of CBT you will need depends on the nature and depth of the difficulties you are experiencing; some people may only need a few sessions, whilst others may require more. After an Initial Assessment where Simon will be able to gain an understanding of your needs, you can choose to begin a course of CBT.
6-session CBT Course
This includes an Initial Assessment and five further sessions over a period of six weeks. This length of course will usually meet most people’s needs.
4-session CBT Extension
For those who have completed the 6-session CBT Course and require further sessions, this course offers an extra four sessions of CBT over a period of four weeks. Combined, the 6-session and the 4-session courses will meet most more complex needs.
3-session CBT Refresher
For people who have previously completed a CBT course with Simon and wish to refresh their CBT skills, this course offers an extra three sessions over a period of three weeks.
The Initial Assessment fee will be invoiced for after the Assessment. Fees for courses are payable in advance in full. Dates for each session will be agreed after the Initial Assessment before continuing with the course. Cancellation terms apply for Initial Assessments and courses as per Simon’s Terms of Business which will be made available to you at the time of booking.
Initial Assessment (1 hour) – £75
6-session CBT Course *
Initial Assessment – £75
5 CBT sessions – £350
4-session CBT Extension
4 CBT sessions – £280
3-session CBT Refresher
3 CBT sessions – £210
* If your course includes an Initial Assessment you will have the opportunity to decline to continue with the course after the Assessment and will be invoiced for the Assessment only.
Courses are held at the Centre for Wellbeing in Malvern (www.centreforwellbeing.co.uk) on Friday afternoons.