CBT Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Adults Birmingham

CBT Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Adults in Birmingham

CBT – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is the main treatment modality that I use. However, our first session which will be an initial assessment will identify if another approach might be more suitable.

Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (CBP) has an established evidence base for its psychological effectiveness with a wide range of issues. It is also recommended in NICE guidelines for a number of psychological disorders including depression and OCD.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a way of talking about:

  • How you think about yourself, the world and other people.
  • How what you do affects your thoughts and feelings.

CBT is an approach used by therapists and psychologists to help promote relatively quick and positive change in people.

CBT can help you to change how you think (‘Cognitive’) and what you do (‘Behaviour’). These changes can help you to feel better.  CBT acknowledges that there is a connection between mind and body, that our thoughts can affect our emotional wellbeing, physiological functioning and behaviour. These systems are all linked together, so that making a change in one will elicit change in the other areas too

Unlike some of the other talking treatments, it focuses on the ‘here and now’ problems and difficulties you may be experiencing, instead of focusing on the causes of your distress or symptoms in the past. It looks for ways to improve you state of mind now.

CBT has been found to be helpful in:

  • Anxiety
  • Anger issues
  • Depression
  • Eating issues and disorders
  • Panic disorder
  • Phobias
  • Social phobia
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Low self-esteem
  • Body dysmorphia
  • Stress management
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Pain management
  • Relationship problems

 

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CBT

CBT’s effectiveness depends on first conducting a thorough assessment of your situation and then being able to identify, together with you, what factors contributed to the development of the problem or issue, and what is maintaining it.  Once the problem has been identified, we can work together on modifying thoughts and behaviours in order to achieve realistic goals so that you can function better now and in the future.

Our first session will involve information gathering looking at the history of the problem and how it is currently affecting areas of your daily life and to what extent.  It is important to understand how the problem developed but more importantly any current ‘dysfunctional’ thoughts and behaviours that are maintaining the issue. It is usual to also administer what is known as outcome measures, questionnaires such as the PHQ-9 and GAD-7 that can give an indicator of the severity of issues.  These measures also give us a baseline and it is usual to see scores improving during the course of treatment. We should have some idea after the initial assessment roughly how many sessions of treatment you will need to see improvement in the presenting issues.

From the information gathered at the initial assessment we can jointly formulate a problem and goals list which is then used to collaboratively devise a treatment plan to address your problem/s.  This is reviewed during the course of therapy as appropriate.

Various techniques will be used during the course of therapy depending on your presenting problems.  These will be explained fully and may include diary keeping, relaxation techniques, behavioural experiments, cognitive restructuring and exposure response prevention to name a few.  Do not worry if these sound a bit technical! As I said full explanations will be given.

CBT involves your active participation so we set tasks for you to work on in-between sessions so that you are applying what you learn in your daily life.  This is very important in this type of therapy as little change will occur if you attend sessions and do not engage in applying techniques to your daily life.  Do not worry if you struggle with this as I am there to help!

Please note: Although I am a fully qualified and experienced mental heaIth professional fully accreditted therapist I am not a qualified psychologist so I cannot give a formal diagnosis of a particular disorder.

For further information or if you would like to start a course of CBT please contact me.

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