Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) was developed by Aaron T. Beck in the United States in the early 1960’s.
In a relatively very short time it has become one of the leading psychological therapies in most Western countries, both in psychological practice and medicine. Its attractiveness and success are due to the close ties between knowledge and practices that characterise its high efficacy in the treatment of many disorders (including depression and anxiety) demonstrated in numerous scientific studies.
- Cognitive - Behavioural Therapy:
- Is a short-term therapy that is extremely effective, structured, and focused on the present.
- This therapy takes into account situations that happened in the past, but focuses primarily on what we can change in the present.
- It’s strengths are that it allows the patient to become his or her own therapist. Therefore, if problems arise in the future the patient knows how to approach them and solve them.
- It’s purpose is to make changes that can be objectively measured (these changes mostly concern: behaviour, emotions, physiological symptoms, ways of thinking and ways of dealing with problems).
- CBT involves the use of cognitive and behavioural techniques that help to look at the thinking processes, in order to overcome unhelpful beliefs and patterns that are the source of problems.
- The relationship between patient and therapist is based on a close collaboration and trust.
Is Cognitive - Behavioural Therapy appropriate for me?
From my experience I can say that the Cognitive – Behavioural Therapy is extremely effective for most patients and treats a diverse range of psychological disorders.
Cognitive - Behavioural Therapy allows the introduction of significant changes in the life and psyche of each individual person. In turn, these changes give us a sense of control over our own lives.
Currently in England Cognitive - Behavioural Therapy is very popular and because of its effectiveness the National Health Service (NHS) and many private organizations invest in it.
Do I need therapy?
If you‘re looking at this website, I assume that you are not happy because of something in your life. If you can think of ways out of this situation and areas of your life that you would like to change, but you're not sure how to do this, this therapy will be helpful for you.
We all experience problems in life but we do not have to feel powerless and at the mercy of fate. We can solve them.
How long is the treatment?
There is no fixed pattern. The treatment lasts an average of 4-10 sessions, depending on the presented problem and the goals you choose.
Therapy sessions are normally held once a week and may also be agreed upon every two weeks.
At the first treatment session the number of therapeutic sessions required may be agreed upon. All information discussed in therapy is confidential.
If I had diffrent therapy before can you help me?
Some of the patients I work with previously used other types of therapy to solve the problem they have.
The dominant part of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is to teach the patient how to control their mood and become their own therapist, which helps to avoid the potential need to return to therapy in the future.
What if my problem reaches care in the future?
A part of Cognitive - Behaviural Therapy is relapse prevention by practicing techniques that will prevent recurrences of depression and neurosis. In addition, we can agree on a future summarizing session to check and support your progress.
I am intrested, what now?
Contact me by phone or e-mail to arrange the first meeting. During the therapy session we'll talk about the problems you are experiencing and whether this type of therapy is right for you. There is no obligation after this session to initiate any further treatment
More information on this treatment can be found on the BABCP website