Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Most people – around one in four – will experience some form of mental health problem during their lifetime. After all, we don’t expect our physical health to be perfect all the time, and the same applies to our mental health too. These problems can’t always be overcome by a single visit to your GP or by medication alone – and that’s when psychological wellbeing can help. We’re here to offer you the time and care to help you deal with your problems and improve your situation.

Our trained and qualified staff, in discussion with you, will decide which treatment will work best for you and your problems. You’ll find we’re sympathetic, understanding, positive and practical. We work with all kinds of people from all walks of life and we have the experience to help you.

The delivery of CBT (how you think ‘cognitive’ and what you do ‘behaviour’ ) via the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme supports the frontline NHS in implementing National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines for people suffering from many different types of problem including: anxiety, depression, panic, phobias (including agoraphobia and social phobia), stress, trauma (PTSD) and obsessive compulsive disorder

  • High Intensity Workers are trained to deliver CBT which is an active talking evidence-based therapy that will give you the opportunity to discuss your problems, your actions and your thoughts.
  • Unlike some other talking treatments, CBT mainly focuses on your ‘here and now’ problems and difficulties. Instead of focusing on the causes of your distress or symptoms in the past, it looks for ways to improve your state of mind now so that you can also function better in the future.
  • What does the treatment consist of?
    You will be offered up to 14, one hour, face to face sessions on a weekly basis. Sessions will commence when a therapist has an available weekly slot.

    Where and When?
    At a suitable time and location where possible.

    What if it does not work?
    A system of scheduled reviews to detect and act on non-improvement is in place to enable stepping up to more intensive treatments, stepping down where a less intensive treatment becomes appropriate and stepping out when an alternative treatment or no treatment become appropriate. “Treatment should always have the best chance of delivering positive outcomes while burdening the patient as little as possible. “

    Regular Attendance

    As with so many health services, demand outstrips supply so every available psychological wellbeing treatment session is of value. Your non-attendance means that other people are deprived of the opportunity to receive treatment and NHS money is being wasted.

    If you are unable to attend a session you need to inform your practitioner as soon as possible. If you have a planned absence, discuss it with your practitioner and alternative dates and times will be offered.

    Please note that repeated cancellations and failure to attend will lead to a discharge from the service.