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Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy

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The aim of each session is to help you through a wide range of emotional and psychological problems as well as helping you adjust to a range of physical illnesses: it is the treatment of choice for stress, anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, low self-esteem, obsessive-compulsive disorder and body dysmorphic disorder.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is the most researched and validated form of psychotherapy. The Department of Health strongly supports and confirms the evidence validating the effectiveness of CBT as a time limited and cost-effective therapy.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy hypothesises that the emotions we experience and how we behave are determined by the way we think and perceive situations. If our perception of a situation is negative, this will result in negative emotions and negative behaviours. Hence, CBT argues that emotional disorders stem from negative and unrealistic thinking. By challenging our negative thought process, it is possible to reduce emotional disturbance.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is not about “positive thinking” it is about thinking realistically and logically in situations that are experienced as highly distressing.

Much of the CBT treatment is based on the here and now, and it aims at helping you bring about desired changes in your life. Thus treatment focuses on the opportunity for new adaptive learning and problem-solving.

The aim of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is:
1. to relieve symptoms and resolve problems
2. to help you acquire new skills and coping strategies
3. to help you modify underlying cognitive assumptions in order to prevent relapse.

CBT emphasises the collaborative aspect of client/therapist relationship which means that all aspects of the therapy are made explicit and both client and therapist work together to plan strategies to deal with problems and achieve explicitly agreed therapeutic goals within a time-limited framework.

I offer individual Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy sessions face to face in my private practice in Central London, on the telephone and on Skype by appointment only.