What is CBT?

What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?

Our therapists mainly offer CBT. This is because it is the most popular, proven therapy for those suffering from low mood, low self-esteem and anxiety. So, what exactly is CBT?

CBT is an evidence-based therapy that suggests that changing unhelpful thinking patterns and behaviours can make us feel better. This therapy favours a ‘here and now’ approach, focusing more on the present symptoms than the past. CBT has protocols to guide therapists on how to help you with certain difficulties. These protocols have been rigorously tested and are shown to be effective. However, therapists use some flex with these approaches to adapt them to each client; we know one size does not fit all.

We use different types of techniques in CBT to skill you up to become your own therapist. Our aim to make ourselves redundant by giving you the power to help yourselves going forward. We can help you to work out what is maintaining your problems, such as unhelpful thought patterns or behaviours. Together, we can then work on reversing these, e.g. by challenging negative thoughts, controlling worries, etc. We even have discussions and test ideas out with little experiments; whoever said CBT is a talking therapy was wrong, it’s a doing therapy! Furthermore, therapy isn’t done to you, but done together. Collaboration is key.

Why go private over the NHS?

When you are struggling with your mood, we know you want to solve the problem fast. The top thing our clients say is how quickly they were seen compared to the NHS. This is why you may wish to access CBT in private practice.

We love the NHS, but appreciate it is overstretched and waiting times are incredibly long. Having worked in the NHS ourselves, we know that you may have to wait up to 2 weeks just to see your GP to find out which service you need. You may then wait a few weeks to have an assessment with your local Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service. After that, it could be a further 26 weeks in some areas to start one to one treatment.

For most people, this isn’t full CBT but is low intensity CBT. This means that the sessions are shorter (30 minutes), less frequent (fortnightly) and not delivered by fully qualified CBT therapists. If you still need to see a CBT therapist after these sessions, it could be another 20 weeks wait in some areas. That could mean you are waiting up to one year for CBT in the NHS from the time you decide to seek help. This is not great, particularly as we know there are better outcomes for your health if you receive help quicker.

For children, the situation is even more desperate. Some Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) operate a two – four year waiting list. There are plans and funding from the NHS to reduce this, but unfortunately things are unlikely to change yet.

Brighter Life Therapy can help

For this reason, we started Brighter Life Therapy to ensure fast access for our clients, with fully qualified and accredited therapists from the offset. Furthermore, we have years of experience in lecturing, supervision and research. This keeps us up to date with protocols and new ideas to help our clients. Our aim is to speak to you within 24 hours and start working with you within two weeks.

If you’re interested, check out our simple three step process and enquire with us today.

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