Usually individuals or couples will choose to have Therapy as they are experiencing difficulties and distress in their lives. They may be feeling anxious or depressed, isolated with a sense that no-one understands or have no one to talk to about how they feel.
It could be other life issues and which can be very difficult to deal with including Bereavement, divorce, redundancy, health issues, bullying. However life does not need to get to crisis point before choosing to have therapy it might be that you are just experiencing a general dissatisfaction with life in general and want to feel better.
Counselling is a very effective talking Therapy which can help a person with:
• LOW SELF ESTEEM
• CONFIDENCE ISSUES
• RELATIONSHIP ISSUES
• EATING DISORDER
To name a few but this list is not exhaustive, if you are looking for a specific issue or condition you are suffering from that is not listed please call to discuss this with me in confidence.
Through effective counselling a person can explore their own feelings in safe environment, enabling them to understand themselves better and therefore trust in themselves of making the right choices and decisions.
When there is no way of controlling what is happening or has happened enabling the person to cope in the best way that they can and move forward.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive behavioural therapy also known as CBT, is a type of talking treatment which focuses on how your thoughts, beliefs and attitudes affect your feelings and behaviour, and teaches you coping skills for dealing with different problems.
It combines cognitive therapy (examining the things you think) and behaviour therapy (examining the things you do).
What is CBT?
CBT is based on the idea that the way we think about situations can affect the way we feel and behave. For example, if you interpret a situation negatively then you might experience negative emotions as a result, and those bad feelings might then lead you to behave in a certain way. If your negative interpretation of situations goes unchallenged, then these patterns in your thoughts, feelings and behaviour can become part of a continuous cycle.
How does it work?
As your therapist, I will work with you to identify and challenge any negative thinking patterns and behaviour which may be causing you difficulties. In turn this can change the way you feel about situations, and enable you to change your behaviour in future.
We may focus on what is going on in your life right now, but may also look at your past, and think about how your past experiences impact the way you see the world.
What can CBT help with?
CBT is a relatively flexible therapy that can be adapted to meet your particular needs. Evidence suggests it can be an effective treatment for a range of mental health problems, such as:
- anxiety and panic attacks
- bipolar disorder
- borderline personality disorder
- eating problems
- obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) particularly recommends CBT for depression and anxiety. There are also formal adaptations of CBT to treat particular mental health problems, such as phobias, eating disorders, PTSD and OCD.
You may also be offered CBT for:
- anger problems
- drug or alcohol problems
- sexual and relationship problems
- insomnia (inability to sleep).
CBT can also help you find new ways to cope with physical health problems, such as:
- chronic fatigue syndrome
- chronic pain
- habits or problems, such as facial tics
- general health problems.
You may also be offered CBT if you are experiencing a mental health problem alongside a physical health problem. The tools and techniques you learn during CBT can often be applied to other problems in the future.
I offer a FREE consultation to confidentially discuss any issues you may be having.