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Psychotherapy / Cognitive Therapy

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We offer high quality psychotherapy delivered by qualified psychiatrists and trained psychotherapists. This includes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), a discussion-based therapy that is delivered in one-to-one situations with a psychotherapist over a number of sessions. We also offer Positive psychology (link).

During CBT, individuals are encouraged to identify any patterns of thoughts, feelings and actions that reinforce negativity in their life. Clients learn strategies for breaking these patterns, and they practice these outside the therapy sessions, often keeping a diary of their experiences.

CBT deals mainly with the present, rather than the past, and has a logical approach to problem solving, with a client and their psychotherapist working in collaboration to find new solutions.

The benefits of cognitive therapy

It has been shown to be very effective for depression and anxiety disorders, and there is now good evidence that CBT tailored specifically for substance misuse can be effective treatment for both harmful use and drug or alcohol dependency.

Depression and anxiety problems very commonly co-exist with substance misuse, and in such cases a cognitive approach can be particularly valuable. It can also be used to help to treat eating disorders.

This type of therapy recognises that negative thoughts and emotions can result in an individual becoming trapped in a destructive cycle. This situation can feel very overwhelming, but CBT aims to overcome this by examining the various elements of a problem in manageable parts, in order to facilitate change and lead to greater wellbeing.

See also: Positive psychology