CBT. A safe, easily-learned therapy that helps deal with the thoughts that underpin anxiety or other difficulties.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a highly effective therapeutic approach formed around the recognition that, by changing the way we think about things, we can change the way that we feel, and the way that we react.
Widely used in treatment since the 1960s, CBT draws on clinical work dating all the way back to the 1920s. CBT helps you learn to overcome negative emotions and behaviour, and so can play a valuable role in managing depression, anxiety, anger issues, eating disorders, addictions and phobias, amongst other conditions.
How CBT works.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy requires a good deal of
collaboration between client and therapist. During our sessions, we explore ways in which you can challenge repetitive negative or destructive thoughts, and processes of thinking, that seem to lead to anxiety or depression or some other debilitating state.
The adjustments required will be specific to you, your difficulty and your current thought processes. Consequently, CBT is very much a step by step approach which we take together, and which will usually involve you in ‘homework’ exercises between our sessions, which we will have agreed carefully between us.
These let you test out, in real life, your own ability to make small modifications to the way you look at and respond to specific challenge or trigger situations. CBT is extremely effective, however, and the strategies and coping skills that you acquire can be applied throughout all aspects of your life.
Paul has helped me through a very challenging last few months and facilitated me to do healing work on myself at a deep level. He always ‘had my back’ even when I didn’t. Paul has a natural gift. Highly, highly recommended.
Does CBT actually help?
Clinical trials have shown that CBT can substantially reduce the symptoms of many emotional disorders.
It can rapidly bring about long-lasting results and works for people of many different personality types.
A clinical study published in the Lancet found that “CBT was effective in reducing symptoms and improving patients’ quality of life“.
As an experienced CBT practitioner, I have found that it usually takes 6-10 sessions for a client to acquire the techniques required to modify their way of thinking in order to gain the full benefit of CBT.
According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, CBT:
- is one of the most effective treatments for conditions where anxiety or depression is the main
- is the most effective psychological treatment for
moderate and severe depression.
- is as effective as antidepressants for many types of
Conditions that respond particularly well to CBT.
I’ve used CBT (as has the wider community of therapists and mental health professionals) with great success to help clients retrain their way of looking at situations and triggers giving rise to a wide range of issues. You can read about these on my Concerns & Issues pages, but certain conditions are known to respond especially well.
Depression and Anxiety
CBT is perhaps at its most effective if you are suffering from depression or anxiety of some kind. As we work through the sessions, you can develop positive and more helpful ways of considering situations.
Again, CBT has proved extremely effective for clients dealing with bulimia, anorexia or associated body dysmorphia.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
I have been able to achieve excellent results from CBT in helping clients with various kinds of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, for whom an enshrined thought process has become a trigger for continuous or recurring tics or behaviours.
Paul Levrant. CBT Practitioner.
I have been using CBT to help clients with great success for many years. Having trained as a Hypnotherapist following a long and often stressful career in business, I use Hypnotherapy and CBT, usually in tandem (and often with the additional use of Mindfulness), to help clients find effective ways to deal with a wide range of life-inhibiting challenges.
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