CBT, or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, is a talking therapy which emphasises the collaboration between you and the therapist. It focuses on present situations, although it is often useful to look at past events to see if there are any repeating patterns. Through CBT we would work together to devise a plan, and you will be asked to carry out some work on your own between sessions.
This work may involve keeping a journal or noting down any changes in your behaviour – whatever the two of us decide will be the most beneficial for you.
At the beginning of each session we will review what we agreed and discuss anything that has happened since the previous time we met, before starting on current topics. The key element is this is a collaboration between you and me, and you will have as much input into your treatment as you want to have.
CBT can take between six weeks and six months to be effective and sessions can be held weekly or monthly – depending on your needs and progress. They can also be conducted over the telephone or by e-mail, but it is more beneficial to have the first three sessions face-to-face.