The Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Approach (CBT)

I primarily use cognitive behavioural methods. CBT is based on the clear link between our emotions, thoughts and behaviour. It is an easy to understand and practical approach. The past is considered important in understanding difficulties although the active focus of treatment is on understanding how our mind works and planning future coping strategies based on current scientific evidence. Therapy has an educational flavour.

The style of therapy is positive and collaborative. People sometimes fall into negative habits of putting themselves down and under-rating their relationships and achievements. This leads to a depressive thinking pattern and forms a vicious circle where individuals feel swamped by depression or anxiety. People in CBT are shown ways of changing this, often in the course of a few weeks of help.

Sometimes people develop an overwhelming fear of a situation such as public speaking or flying which can be greatly helped in CBT by coping strategies and developing a different attitude.

People sometimes want to talk about their work or personal relationships in confidence with a therapist who has helped many people before in similar situations. Each person is unique, of course, but there are common themes in the way we relate to each other which can usually be understood and improved.

Other therapeutic methods
I am able to use hypnosis and/or EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing) where this is appropriate.

Individuals and couples.
I see adults and also couples with relationship issues.