CBT, or Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, is a talking therapy. It has been proved to help treat a wide range of emotional and physical health conditions in adults, young people and children. CBT looks at how we think about a situation and how this affects the way we act. In turn our actions can affect how we think and feel. The therapist and clients work together in changing the client’s behaviours, or their thinking patterns, or both of these.
There is a great deal of research evidence to show that CBT works effectively in treating a wide range of emotional and physical health conditions. This research has been carefully reviewed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).
NICE provides independent, evidence-based guidance on the most effective ways to treat disease and ill health for the NHS.
Government guidelines suggest that;
can all be treated successfully using CBT.
BABCP has been the lead organisation for all CBT in the UK since 1972. BABCP members work in the NHS, social care, education and in universities. BABCP also provides accreditation to those who practice CBT in the NHS and privately. It is widely recognised by health and social care employers, training institutions and health insurance companies. BABCP believes that accreditation is important in protecting the public and raising the quality of CBT.
The number of CBT sessions you need depends on the difficulty you need help with. Often this will be between five and 20 weekly sessions lasting between 30 and 60 minutes each. CBT is mainly concerned with how you think and act now, instead of looking at and getting help with difficulties in the past. Together with Rachel, you will discuss your specific difficulties and set goals for you to achieve. CBT is not a quick fix. It involves hard work during and between sessions. As a therapist Rachel will not tell you what to do, instead she will help you decide what difficulties you want to work on in order to help you improve your situation. Rachel will be able to advise you on how to continue using CBT techniques in your daily life after your treatment ends.
The CBT sessions may be delivered in a number of ways. They may be combined with flexible telephone, Skype or face-to-face appointments to check progress and help overcome any barriers to putting into practice what you will learn. This way of delivering CBT has made it more accessible to people with busy lives, and has also reduced delays in getting help.