CBT case studies

Below are some case studies highlighting just a few examples of the therapy we’ve done, showing how we could also help you. Click on the arrows to scroll, and click on the box to hold it long enough to read.

Please note, names have been changed to protect the confidentiality of our clients.

If you’re still unsure if what we offer can help you, have a read about what we do, our therapists, or our testimonials. Alternatively, get in touch with us by emailing info@brighterlifetherapy.co.uk or calling 0118 40 50 108.

Overcoming low self esteem

Tom* was a man in his forties who was suffering from low self-esteem. He had had several situations whereby he didn’t feel he was doing his best: at work, with his wife and as a parent. In our sessions, we first of all took some time to recognise what was keeping this low self-esteem going. For example, lots of self-critical thoughts that kept him believing he was not good enough. He also had lots of anxious predictions about how situations would go wrong if he engaged with them. Over the sessions, we worked on recognising and challenging the critical thoughts. We realised what rules Tom had made for himself, which were hard to live up to, and changed these to be more flexible. He also had negative beliefs about himself which we were able to challenge too. Our sessions helped him to notice his many strengths, and he was able to go into anxiety provoking situations and realise his anxious predictions didn’t come true. After 12 sessions, we agreed to end sessions as Tom was feeling more confident now. He knew he still had to keep working on living by the new rules and beliefs we created, but was able to do this on his own.

Overcoming low mood

Tilly* was a 15-year-old girl, in year 10. She was experiencing low mood and a lack of motivation and interest. She had a lot of self-critical thoughts too. In our CBT sessions, I helped Tilly to understand that the lack of activity was contributing to the low mood. Together, we planned Tilly’s weeks and discussed techniques that would boost motivation enough to engage in the activities. Till also learnt how her low mood made her think negatively about herself and the world around her. This in turn kept her mood low. Together, we were able to challenge the negative thoughts by thinking of the evidence for and against the thoughts. This helped Tilly to put the thoughts into perspective and rationalise them. By the end, we had 11 sessions in total, and Tilly felt a lot better. She was smiling more in sessions and keeping busy with activities she was starting to enjoy again. She also found that she was having fewer negative thoughts, and if they did come up, she was able to challenge these automatically.

Overcoming panic attacks

We’re proud to have worked closely with Frontline19 during the Covid-19 pandemic. Frontline19 are an organisation set up to match frontline workers to therapists, based on their difficulties. The clients receive therapy very quickly (often within a few days) and the therapists provide their sessions to offer their support to those most in need during lockdown, all for free. Bev came to Brighter Life Therapy via Frontline19 following panic attacks when putting on a mask for work. Bev feared that she would have a panic attack and the mask would suffocate her, so she was avoiding situations where she had to wear it. We made a goal for Bev to wear her mask for 1 hour by the end of treatment. Bev rated that her anxiety would be 7/10 if she wore a mask for 1 hour, and 10/10 if she wore it for two hours. Bev had 10 sessions in total, and finally overcame her panic attacks which had been present for 10 years. Bev had never learnt about panic attacks before and realised she had picked up bad habits to control them that were actually making the anxiety and attacks worse. By session 9, Bev was able to wear her mask for two hours without thinking about it and rated her anxiety as only a 2-3/10 to do this. It was such an improvement from the 10/10 anxiety she predicted - both Bev and Anjali were chuffed! Bev sent Anjali some flowers and a card (picture below) and a very kind email to say thank you.

Overcoming worries

Lucy* was a 17-year-old girl, in her final year of sixth form. She was experiencing lots of worries about her schoolwork, friendships and interviews for university next year. Anjali taught Lucy how to classify her worries and manage them in different ways, re-evaluate the usefulness of worry and reduce Lucy's need for double checking and reassurance seeking. By the time they finished their 12 sessions, Lucy was able to go out with her friends more easily, she had a place at her favourite university, and she was coping so much better. Before seeing Lucy off, they created a relapse prevention plan that detailed which techniques helped the most, and how Lucy could continue to stay well. Lucy wrote Anjali a card for their final session, expressing how she was coping better and how she was excited to see what she could push herself to do in the future.

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