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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Overcoming problems using a structured and empowering approach

Judith Argent 

DipHE, RMN

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CBT is an extensively researched therapy, which has proven to be effective in overcoming problems in the here and now, and helps clients to make links between the way thoughts and beliefs can affect their moods and behaviour.

 

CBT enables you to understand the links between your thoughts, behaviour and mood and within the process helps you to move towards becoming the kind of person you want to be and to attain the types of outcomes you desire.

 

CBT offers a structured and problem solving approach; it is generally a short term treatment that can last between 5 and 20 sessions.

What is CBT?

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) aims to help you gain a perspective about whatever is troubling you. Together we identify what might be preventing you from reaching your potential and what action you need to take to change your situation.

 

In sessions you might be asked to carry out activities related to your goals between sessions and this will be reviewed at the beginning of each session. Bring a notepad to write what has been helpful in the session and to remind you of your homework.

 

Exposure Therapy

If you are being treated for Obsessional Compulsive Disorder or phobias, you may be required to gradually confront feared and uncomfortable situations. These will have been agreed beforehand by yourself and will always be in-line with your goals of treatment.

How Can CBT Help Me?

I offer prospective clients an initial assessment session. This provides us with an opportunity to consider whether we proceed with regular CBT sessions. It is just as important that you feel comfortable with your therapist as it is he or she feels able to work with you.

 

At the end of the first session we would arrange to meet for an approximate agreed number of sessions. There is no obligation to attend all the sessions arranged and you are free to terminate your appointments at any time. A review session takes place at the end of the agreed number of sessions where we jointly assess progress and what further action, if any, may be needed.

 

If we decide not to work together I try to provide you with details of alternative practitioners or agencies. Sessions generally last for 50 minutes and if you are late arriving we will still need to finish at the same time so as not to delay the next client.

What Happens In Sessions?

Typically we would expect treatment to last for between 6 and 20 sessions.

 

This however varies on a case to case basis. I offer prospective clients an initial assessment session and at the end of this session we would arrange to meet for an approximate agreed number of sessions.

 

You can review the process at any time if you feel progress is not being made.

How Many Sessions Will I Need?

  • Depression

  • General anxiety

  • Panic attacks

  • Worry

  • Phobias

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

  • Health anxiety

  • Skin picking

  • Vomit phobia

  • Tricholomania

  • Jealousy

  • Social anxiety

 

Which Problems Can CBT Help With?

  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder (excessive concern about body image)

  • Work related stress

  • Relationship problems

  • Low self-esteem

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome

  • Sleep problems

  • Couples difficulties

  • Eating disorders (inc bulimia & over eating)

  • Obsessional disorders

 

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