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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Services

Our thoughts hold the power to influence our moods, feelings, and behaviours — and in turn, our mental and physical health. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) addresses the way that external factors, people, events, and situations can impact our thoughts and perceptions. By changing the way we think and interpret the world around us, we can feel more empowered in our daily lives and ultimately improve our wellbeing.

At Cheshire CBT we work with the symptoms you are experiencing and provide you with assessment, developed shared understanding and treatment of common mental health problems such as:

  • Depression

  • Social Anxiety Disorder

  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

  • Specific Phobias

  • Panic Disorder

  • Health Anxiety

  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

  • Agoraphobia

You may be unsure if you are experiencing these problems but recognise there are symptoms you are experiencing which are causing difficulties in your life, these may be:

  • Low mood

  • Feeling tearful

  • Poor motivation

  • Poor concentration

  • Nightmares/flashbacks

  • Disturbed sleep patterns

  • Feeling stressed out

  • Muscle tension/headaches

  • Racing heart

  • Disturbed sleep patterns

  • Sweating/shaking

  • Intrusive, distressing thoughts

  • Compulsive behaviour

  • Avoiding going to certain places

  • Feeling very jumpy and or edge

If you recognise any of these problems or symptoms we can help. Get in touch today to book an initial assessment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) helps you to identify triggers that can lead to unhelpful patterns of thoughts, behaviours and emotions which form vicious cycles. These vicious cycles can maintain the symptoms you have been experiencing. By breaking these cycles, making changes such as challenging negative thoughts, or reducing avoidant behaviour you can make improvements in the symptoms you have been experiencing and ultimately improve wellbeing.

What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?
How long will sessions last and how often will we meet?2019-09-13T22:16:13+01:00

Sessions will last 50 minutes, initially it is helpful to have sessions weekly. This helps us to develop a therapeutic relationship and ensures we can quickly start to build a treatment plan for your symptoms. As therapy progresses the emphasis is on the in-between session work completed and fortnightly sessions can be useful. Following discharge, a booster session can be booked in if needed.

How many sessions will I need?2019-09-13T22:16:18+01:00

We will work together to decide the right number of sessions for you. CBT is typically a brief therapy and depending on the severity and length of time you have experienced your symptoms you can expect your course of therapy to last between 6 to 20 sessions.

Can I self-refer?2019-09-23T13:08:03+01:00

Yes. We welcome self-referrals, you do not need a referral letter from a general practitioner. Please contact me to arrange an initial appointment.

What can I expect in the first session?2019-09-23T13:08:52+01:00

Starting therapy can be daunting, you will be supported during your sessions to feel at ease. During the first session you will be asked some practical information such as address and date of birth. I will tell you a bit about myself and introduce some basic concepts of CBT. We will then discuss the difficulties you have been experiencing and gain a good understanding of what you would like help with.

How is your practice supervised?2019-09-13T22:23:18+01:00

I receive regular supervision from a BABCP accredited supervisor and CBT therapist. Supervision is conducted in a confidential manner, I will not share your personal details (such as name, address or date of birth) with my supervisor. Clinical supervision helps me to reflect on my practice, it is a requirement to maintain my accreditation.

What are your qualifications?2019-09-23T13:11:03+01:00

2013-2014 Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapies, University of Chester.
2010-2011 Postgraduate Certificate in Low Intensity Interventions, York University.
2004-2007 BSc (Hons) Psychology and Philosophy, Keele University.

How much time will I need to commit out of session to CBT practice?2019-09-23T13:12:07+01:00

CBT is a talking therapy with a practical side. The work you complete between sessions will play an important part in the improvements you experience. Completing this work helps you to make changes that will have a positive, lasting effect on the difficulties you have been experiencing. We will agree out of session tasks together to ensure they are realistic and achievable.

How do I pay?2019-09-13T22:24:27+01:00

Payment is taken at the end of each session, you can either pay by cash or card.

What is your confidentiality policy?2019-09-13T22:24:50+01:00

Everything discussed in sessions remains confidential. The only time confidentiality is broken is if the therapist is concerned that you are at risk, either to yourself or to someone else. If this were to happen this would be discussed together and you would be encouraged to seek support, for example an appointment with your General Practitioner.

Do you treat under 18’s?2019-09-23T13:12:44+01:00

At Cheshire CBT we only treat those over the age of 18.

What if I am in crisis?2019-09-13T22:25:49+01:00

If you are in crisis and need immediate support you can access this through NHS services: Attending your local A&E, calling 111 or 999. You can contact the Samaritans on 116 123.

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