The model of psychological therapy I practice is called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). It is a talking therapy that has been proven to assist with a range of issues, including depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and panic disorders.
What Is CBT?
CBT is based on the principle that a person's mood is affected by both their behaviour and thinking patterns. By uncovering unhelpful thoughts and behaviours these can be challenged using a variety of techniques and behavioural experiments.
Unhelpful thinking for people suffering with social anxiety can include "If I go to the party then no one will talk to me" and "If I try to talk to others then I'll make a fool of myself". Unhelpful beliefs for depression include "There's no point going out" and "I'm not good enough". These issues can lead to sufferers avoiding situations and other people.
How Does It Work?
The work begins by collaboratively creating goals of therapy, which are specific and achievable. Once the goals have been agreed a “formulation” is developed to help understand the links between cognitions (thoughts, imagines and memories), emotions, and behaviours. The formulation is primarily focused on the "here and now", but also considers past events to help build a better understanding of why the cognitions and behaviours have developed.
With this understanding, cognitions are challenged and behaviours are changed through the use of behavioural experiments. The experiments are used to test out the validity of the thoughts and build new, more realistic and rational, beliefs.
I also utilise mindfulness techniques. These techniques offer clients another choice when considering how to respond to situations in more helpful and healthy ways.
One key aim of the therapy is to enable the client to become their own therapist. By practising the tools and techniques they will better equipped to deal with life after therapy.
How Long Will Therapy Last?
CBT is often a short term therapy and clients can notice a change after only a few sessions. Therapy can involve as few as six to twelve sessions, although longer term work may be required.
How Much Does Therapy Cost?
Committing to therapy is a big step. Therefore I offer a free assessment appointment to those interested in engaging in the therapeutic process. My standard fee, for individuals, is 60€/£55 for an hour long session. For couples, my standard fee is 65€/£60.
Do you offer appointments via Skype?
Yes. Regardless of your location, I now offer therapy sessions via Skype.