How it works...

Free confidential telephone consultation

You can access this free consultation to discuss your difficulties and I will answer any questions you may have. There is no obligation to enter therapy, this is purely to help you decide whether CBT may be right for you.

First session (60 minute assessment)

The first session of therapy will allow us to develop a shared understanding of the problem. This usually focuses on identifying how your thoughts, ideas, feelings, attitudes, and behaviours affect your day-to-day life. Together we can then decide on a treatment plan, with goals to work towards, and the number of sessions likely to be needed.

Ongoing sessions

Each session lasts about 50-60 minutes. Typically, a session of therapy is once weekly to begin with, a course of CBT can be longer or shorter depending on the nature and severity of the condition. Some difficulties can be treated over 4 -6 sessions, other more complex issues may take longer.

Content and structure of therapy

You will be encouraged to take an active part in therapy, and will usually be given homework between sessions. If you have social anxiety, for example, you may be asked to keep a diary of your thoughts and behaviours which occur when you become anxious before, or during a social event. Further homework may be experimenting with alternative ways of coping which you have learned during therapy. The homework aspect of CBT is crucial in enabling us to understand what happens in real life situations and encourages you to experiment in between sessions, in order to get the most out of the therapeutic process and make the changes that are helpful for you.

Confidentiality

No information discussed in therapy will be given to any other person or agency without consent from you. This includes information about whether or not you are using the service.