Cognitive behavioural therapy is a structured psychological approach based on scientific principles. Research has shown CBT to be effective for a wide range of conditions.
Patients and therapists work together to identify and understand health conditions in terms of the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
The approach relies on the therapist and client developing a shared view of the problem. This then leads to identification of personalised therapy goals and strategies which are continually monitored and evaluated.
CBT can help a person to change how they think (Cognitive) and what they do (Behaviour).
CBT focuses on the “here and now” problems and difficulties. Instead of focusing on the causes of distress or symptoms in the past, CBT identifies ways to improve the person’s state of mind now, which in turn can have a positive impact on physical symptoms.
The following problems have been shown to benefit from cognitive behavioural therapy:
- Gastrointestinal Disorders
(Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Chronic Functional Abdominal Pain, Gastro-oesophageal Reflux Disease, Functional Dyspepsia)
- Chronic Pain
(Headaches, Oral & Facial Pain, Neuropathic Pain, Neuralgia, Fibromyalgia, Rheumatic Pain,
- Cancer pain
- Stress and anxiety related disorders
- Depression (mild to moderate)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (referral through the CFS Service)
The overall aim of this treatment is to equip the person with the tools to solve problems and manage their condition so that they can improve their overall psychological and physical well-being.
In the first session, a cognitive psychotherapy practitioner carries out an individual assessment. Following sessions are conducted on an individual or group basis.