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What is CBT?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is based on the principle that our thoughts and behaviour affect our emotions, and that changing the way we think and act will change the way we feel.

CBT is the usual method of treatment for anxiety and depression in the National Health Service in the UK. More research has been conducted into effectiveness of CBT than most other therapeutic modalities, and the National Institue for Clinical Excellence recommends it for treatment of anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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I have been using CBT for about 15 years in the fields of addiction treatment, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, with groups and individuals. When working with clients, I normally combine the elements of CBT I find most effective with other therapeutic modalities such as Neurolinguistic Psychotherapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing and the Emotional Freedom Techniques. Please note that I am not accredited with BABCP (the main professional body for CBT) and if you are looking for "pure" CBT treatment, I recommend to look for an experienced accredited psychotherapist on BABCP website or through your GP - with the latter, you may be able to access free CBT treatment on the NHS.

 

 

Free online CBT resouces for self-help:

Living Life to the Full www.livinglifetothefull.com

Fear Fighter www.fearfighter.com (free access can only be prescribed by the GP if you live in England and Wales)

Centre for Clinical Interventions www.cci.health.wa.gov.au

Get Self-Help www.getselfhelp.co.uk

 

 

More information on CBT can be found on the following websites:

British Association for the Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapies

The Royal College of Psychiatrists