What's on offer?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT is an evidenced based therapy, which seeks to help you breakdown overwhelming problems, by considering how our beliefs, rules, thoughts and actions affect the way we feel. Unlike other Psychotherapies, CBT mainly focuses on the individual’s present thoughts and behaviours; your therapist implements a practical and structured approach to help you learn techniques and skills to address and alter these.
During CBT the therapist adopts a collaborative approach, with them as the expert in CBT and you as the expert in your problems; as such goals, session agendas and between session tasks are jointly established. This approach aids clients in becoming their own therapist; clients are able to continue to apply the skills they develop after treatment is completed.
Each session lasts 50 minutes and treatment lengths typically range from 8 to 20 sessions.
The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) is a special health authority, which recommends evidence-based treatments. NICE recommends CBT in the treatment of the following:
· Anxiety Disorders (including Generalised Anxiety, Panic Disorder and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
· Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
CBT is also helpful for treating:
· Body Dysmorphic Disorder
· Eating Disorders
· Stress, including work stress
· Loss or Bereavement
· Chronic Pain and symptoms with no medical diagnosis
· Traumatic symptoms
· Sleep difficulties
Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
SFBT differs to the majority of other therapies, as it has a positive/solution focus rather than a problem focus. Your therapist will seek to create a vivid picture of your goals and desired future and help you to explore your strengths and past coping methods, which are then utilised to help you achieve your recovery.
SFBT is based upon the principle that there are times when our problems are not present or feel less severe. In SFBT your therapist will help you to find “exceptions”; times when the problem is absent and seeks to increase the frequency of these instances. The therapist will help to uncover client skills and methods of coping, which may have previously gone unnoticed or been neglected by the client. This is aided by “problem-free talk”, where the therapist explores areas of the client’s life, which appear unrelated to the problem they wish to solve e.g. recreational activities, as this can reveal a number of values and strengths.
In SFBT you are encouraged to measure (often via 0-10 scales) your progress towards your goals, the use of scales are adopted to establish exceptions and methods of improving your mood.
A typical course of SFBT lasts five to eight sessions, with each session lasting 50 minutes. It is more effective for those who are goal-focused and accepting of making changes.
All one-to-one therapy sessions are £65, payable at each session.