As a Clinical Psychologist, I offer a person-centred, integrative therapeutic approach drawing on multiple evidence-based models and techniques including Cognitive-behavioural, psychodynamic, systemic, mindfulness, acceptance and commitment, solution-focussed, compassion-focussed and motivational interviewing. However, I predominantly use a Cognitive-Behavioural approach for treating mental health difficulties.
Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a structured, collaborative therapy based on the concept that thoughts (cognitions), feelings, physical sensations and behaviours are interconnected. A negative cognitive style and unhelpful behaviours can trap you in a vicious cycle which maintains negative emotions.
CBT aims to generate an understanding of your difficulties and to then enable you to develop techniques in order to break the vicious cycle by adapting your thinking and behaviour. CBT does not focus on the past but is solution-focused and goal orientated.
There is a great deal of research evidence to show that CBT is very effective in treating a range of mental health conditions. CBT is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence as the first line treatment for anxiety and depression.