CBT at Twickenham therapy clinic
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy, which consists
of working on changing negative thoughts and behaviours into positives.
This is carried out by challenging negative thoughts around how we feel,
think and act and whilst building positives to replace these.
Negative thoughts and feelings often encourage negative interpretations
and behaviours when in a situation. Although CBT can not cure any conditions,
it provides the tools to allow the recipient to cope better with their symptoms.
With any feelings, behaviour and thoughts are closely linked. If you’re
struggling with a negative interpretation without looking into it and changing
your pattern of thought, these behaviours and feelings are unlikely to be
Two of the earliest known about forms of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
came from Albert Ellis, who developed the rational emotive behaviour therapy
(REBT) model which is still utilised in CBT to this day, as well as Aaron
T. Beck, who developed cognitive therapy.
What can Cognitive Behavioral Therapy treat?
It is known that CBT most commonly treats a number of mental health conditions,
but it is also used to treat long term health issues. Cognitive Behavioral
Therapy is most commonly associated with anxiety and depression. However,
there are many other conditions which require CBT, including:
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Bipolar Disorder
- Sleep problems, such as Insomnia
- Borderline Personality Disorder
CBT may also be offered to treat addiction such as drug and alcohol problems,
alongside other long-term physical conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome
and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The length of treatment time can vary from
a few sessions up to a number of months: this is dependent on the individual.
Most courses of CBT are around 12 sessions.
What to expect during a treatment
The way in which CBT is conducted is via establishing the problems you
want to work on, followed by a discussion of your goals surrounding the
problems. Your CBT sessions are likely to take place face-to-face, however,
there are other alternatives.
Each session will involve learning new techniques
and working through exercises and worksheets to allow you to begin to learn
how to manage your feelings.
During your sessions, your therapist will provide you with a safe space
to open up about your thoughts and feelings before discussing with you how
to work through those issues.
At the end of the session, you may be presented
with homework, which you can work through before bringing it back to the
Please contact the clinic.