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What is CBT?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is more than just laying on the sofa and talking to someone. 

It is a type of psychotherapeutic treatment that helps patients understand the thoughts and feelings that influence behaviours. CBT is commonly used to treat a wide range of disorders, including phobias, addictions, depression, and anxiety.

Take a look at this short video which furthers explains what Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is.

CBT works

CBT has a good evidence base for a wide range of mental health problems in adults, older adults, children and young people. This research has been carefully reviewed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), who provide independent, evidence-based guidance for the NHS on the most effective ways to treat disease and ill health. CBT can be used if you are on medication which has been prescribed by your GP. You can also use CBT on its own. This will depend on the difficulty you want help with.

How CBT is delivered

The number of sessions you need depends on the difficulty you need help with. This will usually be between twelve and twenty sessions, typically of an hour long. If your difficulty is more complex, more sessions may be needed. 

I will help you to notice any patterns in thinking or behaviours which might be keeping problems going and teach you different CBT techniques which could help you.


We will discuss your specific difficulties and set goals for you to achieve. CBT is not a quick fix – it 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. 


At the end of your sessions, we will develop a ‘Staying on Track” plan; a plan that outlines and brings together everything we have covered over the sessions. We will set future goals and I will advise you on how to continue using CBT techniques in your daily life after your treatment ends.


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

I regularly use CBT to help people with:

  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

  • Health Anxiety

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Panic Disorder

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Social Anxiety

  • Specific Phobias

  • Self-esteem problems

  • Depression

  • Sleep

  • Chronic Pain & Long-Term Conditions

  • Habit Disorders (skin-picking, hair-pulling)

  • Self-Harm


I also regularly use Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) techniques to help people learn how to be less self-critical and more fairer/kinder to themselves.

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