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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.


I have been using CBT for about 13 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).

A typical session involving CBT will last about 1 hour, during which I will ask questions to guide our conversation about the issues concerning you, encourage you to define your goals, notice your thoughts, feelings and mental images; perhaps to practise visualisation and relaxation techniques; sometimes we could use written worksheets and a variety of props to help explore your issues and find ways of resolving them. You may be asked to carry out some small tasks at home between sessions, for example: keep a journal or logbook, read an article, practise a particular technique, listen to a CD or tape, or experiment with a new behaviour.

Appointments are available at my clinics in Glossop, High Peak (Derbyshire) and in Mossley (Lancashire) - both venues are around 30 minutes drive or a train ride from the centre of Manchester. Online and telephone consultations may be available subject to suitability - please enquire. If you unsure whether I am the right therapist for you, I can offer a free initial telephone consultation of up to 20 minutes. You can also read examples of feedback from some of my previous clients.

If you are reading this, the process of change has probably already started for you.

If you are looking for pure Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (i.e. without it being integrated with other types of treatment), I recommend the following experienced and qualified CBT psychotherapists in Manchester area:

Sylvia Edwards and Laura Platt

Christine Richardson

Free online CBT resouces for self-help:

Mood Gym

Living Life to the Full

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

Centre for Clinical Interventions

Get Self-Help

Computerised CBT self-help programmes, including Beating the Blues, are becoming available throughout the UK. In Greater Manchester they are provided by Self-Help Services.

Recommended CBT books for self-help

If you buy any of the books through the links below it will result in me receiving a small commission from Amazon. This will help towards funding discounted treatment for people who cannot afford to pay the full fee.

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

British Association for the Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapies

The Royal College of Psychiatrists