Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a talking therapy which asserts that our thoughts, feelings, behaviours and how our bodies feel are all connected. CBT works by helping us notice and alter problematic thinking styles and behavioural patterns.

Trauma focused CBT is a specialist application of CBT used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  TF-CBT helps you recognise trauma symptoms and understand how they have developed. It also helps you confront situations which you have avoided as a result of your trauma. Therapy gradually deals with your memories of the trauma until there is a reduction in the anxiety and other related symptoms.

What does it involve?

You and your therapist will start with a comprehensive understanding of your problems as you see them. Goals for therapy are set together after reaching a good understanding of the problems. All sessions begin with agreeing together what that specific session will concentrate on. CBT works best when it includes working on things in between sessions. Homework will be planned together. Therapy comes to an end by thinking about how to continue to use CBT techniques once you leave treatment.

How long does CBT last?

The number of sessions depends on the difficulty, with recommendations ranging from between 5 and 20 sessions. Appointments are usually weekly or fortnightly for approximately 50 minutes.