Elizabeth Firth
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CBT or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, is a talking therapy that aims to relieve a wide range of distressing psychological symptoms by reviewing and revising ingrained habits of (cognitive) thought and (behavioural) action.

The methods of CBT are simple and fast-acting but the results can often be astonishingly profound and permanent. Many of my clients have discovered this – and opened a door to a new and more satisfying way of living, as their comments and feedback  confirm.

Perhaps you are used to avoiding difficult situations, or over-reacting to them, or simply withdrawing from life altogether? Such habits, familiar though they may be, can often be unhelpful. They merely prolong or even worsen the status quo – and your distress.

CBT focuses most on your present state of being and how you are now. Although past events are acknowledged and are part of your ‘life map’ which can often link into thoughts, assumptions and behaviours in the present. However, CBT has a new idea to offer.

Why not test your thoughts, assumptions and fears, and experiment with different ways of understanding and behaving in your world? CBT therapists use a unique style of questioning, discussion and behavioural experiments to stimulate alternative meanings, viewpoints and ideas.

The focus is firmly on collaboration between you and me.  In so doing, you discover your own resources and tools to put what has been learned into practice.  By committing yourself to the therapy, the desired outcome would be for you to eventually become your own therapist. You’ll be encouraged to engage actively with the process in and out of our sessions.  Your contribution of “homework” between sessions, supported and advised throughout by me, will often multiply the power of your therapy.

A typical CBT treatment plan may involve as few as six to ten weekly sessions. Goals and desired changes are always defined in advance, so you have a clear idea of the scope (and cost) of your treatment, right from the start.   
 

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