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CBT for Depression

Research shows that people who are suffering depression are prone to negative automatic thoughts, often giving way to low mood, feelings of hopelessness and isolation. A depressed state if poorly managed may lead on to a long term habit of negatively appraising yourself, the world and the future. Reduced activity is common in depression and this behaviour can serve to deny rewarding experiences and so create negative cycle where there will be less potential for positive experiences to present themselves.

CBT can help you better understand your depression problem by identifying all the relevant factors that have led to you feeling and thinking the way you do in the first place. You are then further supported to challenge any unhelpful or distorted thinking patterns for a more rational outlook. Real problems are identified and any problems you want to address are more accurately appraised and better managed or resolved using effective problem solving strategies.

Looking after your own needs first means saying “no” to excessive demands and a healthy assertive style of communication is promoted in therapy where appropriate to help you build more confidence and to help you to better express your own needs and wishes effectively.

CBT for Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders

Every year about 10% of the population will visit their doctor for anxiety related problems. While drugs have been traditionally prescribed for such problems, CBT is also being recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence as an effective form of treatment.

Anxiety will express itself in many different forms, however sufferers experience very similar symptoms and feelings. What lies beneath anxiety in all its expressions is a sense of perceived threat either to your physical or psychological wellbeing. Anxiety is further strengthened by a perceived inability to control anxious symptoms.

CBT intervention focusses on helping you to reduce your anxiety to normal levels. We don't design out anxiety completely, we work together to lower anxiety to manageable levels. Making sense of your problem, we can explore triggers that brought on the anxiety in the first place and identify unhelpful coping that is currently keeping the problem going. Transition to wellness involves moving forward and replacing old habits for new. The goal of CBT is to reduce high levels of anxiety by challenging unhealthy thoughts and behaviours that are currently driving and maintaining those unwanted negative symptoms.


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The CBT approach is rooted in scientific, evidence-based research advocating its effectiveness in theory and practical application. The model promotes self-reliance along with collaborative engagement. Positive results require your commitment to independent home-based practice tasks between sessions.

The goal of therapy is to enable you to apply CBT self help techniques to your own personal circumstances as quickly as possible. This will help to reinforce your confidence as you see positive improvements in the way you are able to deal with the deeper rooted problems affecting you.

Sessions are arranged weekly with bi-weekly arrangements to suit individual rates of progress.