CBT is a talking therapy. Patients work together with a therapist to understand and problem solve the challenges they face.
The overall aim of CBT is to provide psychological tools for patients to use to help address problems and manage their difficulties. This therapy has been shown to improve overall psychological and physical well-being.
CBT focuses on ‘here and now’ problems and difficulties. It can help you to identify and adapt how you think (cognitive) and what you do (behaviour) in order to influence your emotional wellbeing and physical symptoms.
The CBT Service accepts referrals for the following problems or conditions:
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Chronic pain related conditions
- Fibromyalgia Syndrome
- Functional gastrointestinal disorders such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Management of chronic physical health problems
Referrals can be made through some other clinics at the RLHIM.
At the first appointment a CBT practitioner will do a thorough assessment. The therapist and patient work together to understand how thinking, feeling and behaving are related.
Once this is done they can identify some goals to work towards. These goals will be monitored and evaluated throughout the duration of the therapy.
Follow-up sessions are on an individual or group basis. The sessions are usually weekly and vary from six to twelve sessions.
If you are unable to attend your appointment please let us know at least 48 hours beforehand so we can offer your appointment to someone else. If you do not attend your appointment without telling us we may refer you back to your GP.
Following your treatment you will be referred back to your GP.
The RLHIM is also a teaching hospital and from time to time other healthcare professionals may observe in outpatient clinics as part of a training course. We will always ask your permission for students to sit in during your consultation. You do not have to have students present if you would prefer not to.