Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a talking a therapy which aims to alleviate emotional distress by identifying and exploring the client’s views on issues. The goal is to start to see things from different angles and to assess whether the thoughts and views are fair and correct, or whether there have been misinterpretations or distortions.

“Men are disturbed not by things but by the views which they take of them” – Epictetus

CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) is based on the three main assumptions:

– feelings and behaviours are a direct result of the way we think about things

– negative or false thinking can result in emotional disorders such as chronic anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, and depression

– by altering our thinking on things, we can reduce trauma, negative emotions and distress

Can something as simple as talking really help with stress and anxiety?

Absolutely. CBT is the preferred therapeutic intervention in the NHS and is a good first step to regaining emotional balance and peace of mind.

What is a coaching session like that incorporates the principles of CBT?

My sessions aim to be informal and relaxed. You’ll be given space to talk about anything that’s concerning you. Many clients find this ‘offloading’ a relief in itself. As an impartial party I will simply listen and take a few notes. As this process develops there will be certain issues that come to the fore which we’ll choose to explore more deeply, it is in this part of the conversation that we will start to discover where the cause of your distress lies.

It may be that your concerns can be addressed and you’ll find peace in just one session.

If the thinking and issues are more deep rooted, then it will take consistent sessions to work through these more fully. There are a variety of techniques that are used during sessions that will assist in the healing process, allowing you to take control of your thinking, and in turn your emotions and actions.

How long are sessions?

Sessions are 55 minutes. Most sessions close with some kind of action required on the part of the client, and this forms the basis of the next session.

Can it really work for me?

I guess you never really know if you’ll respond to a treatment unless you try, however CBT is surprisingly effective for many people, however it does rely on you being ready to explore your thinking on issues, and to at least consider other ways of seeing things.

I have illnesses connected to stress and anxiety eg. IBS and Crohns?

I’m not a doctor so I can’t say if medically it will help, however it stands to reason that if stress and anxiety is causing a physical health issue that there is a high chance that this will be positively affected if you reduce or even eliminate stress and anxiety.

Can I just do one session and see if I like it?

Of course, I encourage everyone to come along and have an introductory session before deciding whether they’d like to commit to working together.

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