CBT is often described as being focused on developing more helpful coping strategies in relation to a specific issue. The theory is based on the concept that the way you feel (the bit that is causing you most distress) is related to the way you think and your beliefs, as well as behaviour. This type of therapy involves identifying which specific thoughts and behaviours keep you having the same feeling in similar situations, and then working out how to change them to develop a more helpful habit of reacting. It is a more experiential and practical approach than a lot of the other psychological therapies and therefore generally more suited to those who are ready to make changes.
I originally trained as an Integrative Counsellor which means in my way of working I can draw from a variety of therapy modalities in a systematic way. Although, the way I work in private practice now is predominantly CBT focused, I am also considerably influenced by Psychodynamic and Person-Centred way of thinking and I like the richness it brings into therapy. It means we can take a more exploring approach with you to gain insight into what is holding you back when you are not quite ready to make immediate changes. I like to think of my approach as merging the philosophical with the practical.
More recently, I have attended a specialist course in adapting my therapeutic approach to suit those living with long-term health conditions (like chronic pain, irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes etc).
Post-Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Foundation Degree in Integrative Counselling
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
Application of CBT in Long Term Conditions and Medically Unexplained Symptoms