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What is a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist?

Cognitive Behavioural
 Therapists will help you to understand and recognise unhelpful thoughts and behaviours which negatively impact on your mood and emotions. These unhelpful thoughts and behaviours are often responsible for helping to maintain Depression or Anxiety. Cognitive Behavioural Therapists aim to support you to make positive changes and they are skilled in helping you to plan how to tackle and overcome barriers to recovery; as well as helping you to formulate your own relapse prevention plans when treatment is complete.


What does Cognitive Behavioural Therapy involve?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy tends to be short-term, you and a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist will work together to complete an assessment and then develop a plan of therapy. You will meet with a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist each week, the number of sessions offered will depend on the problem you need help with and sessions are typically an hour long.  You may be required to do some things in between sessions – this will be agreed between you and your therapist during each session. 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy tends not to focus too much on things which have happened in the past and generally focuses more on what you are currently experiencing. However, in some cases, therapy may make a link between the past and the present in order to explain the development of current difficulties.  You and your therapist will discuss your specific difficulties and set goals for you to achieve. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy involves hard work during and between sessions e.g. Keeping track of what you are thinking, feeling and doing, or trying out new ways of thinking or acting. Your Cognitive Behavioural Therapist will be able to advise you on how to continue using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques in your daily life after your therapy ends.


How do I access this?

To ensure you access the right treatment the team will arrange an assessment screening appointment with you these usually take around 45 minutes and they are completed over the phone, to self-refer call 0300 302 13 13.