Frequently Asked Questions
1. How many sessions will I need?
2. I've heard that CBT is short-term; how short-term is it?
For example, individuals with long-standing personality difficulties (affecting their relationships) may benefit from longer-term CBT.
There isn’t a one size fits all approach to CBT (the number of sessions required is based on a number of factors, such as the nature of your problems, engagement with therapy, pace of progress, etc).
3. How often do I need to attend for therapy?
4. How soon can I expect to feel better?
Read more about your therapy experience at CBT Canary Wharf.
5. Why can't I pay on-line?
I offer an initial free 15 minute phone consultation, so that I can find out more about you and the problems you’re experiencing, and to discuss whether CBT is the right approach for you. Once we’ve established that CBT is the right therapy for you, I will discuss my payment methods with you.
6. Who can refer for therapy?
7. Do I need a referral by my GP or can I refer myself?
8. Will anyone else have to be involved in my treatment?
If, after your assessment with me, we both agree that you would benefit from an antidepressant, I would normally refer you to a consultant psychiatrist who will discuss medication with you. The consultant psychiatrist is also bound by confidentiality. Some patients/clients like their GP’s to be aware that they are seeking treatment; if you would like me to write to your GP informing them that you are seeing me for therapy, I would be happy to do so.
9. Is everything we discuss confidential?
10. Will I need medication? Do you prescribe medication?
11. Why should I choose CBT over other therapies?
NICE (The National Institute for Clinical Excellence) issues guidelines for the treatment and care of people with depression and anxiety, and sets National Standards for care for people with depression and anxiety.
NICE recommends CBT as the psychological therapy for the treatment of depression and anxiety. Clinical trials have been carried out which have demonstrated CBT’s effectiveness, compared to other talking therapies. The updated version on NICE’s guideline for the treatment of depression in adults is available to read.
Recently, CBT has received a lot of coverage in the media because it is evidence-based and has shown to be effective in treating a number of emotional and behavioural problems. Here is an article supporting the effectiveness of CBT.
The government have recently recommended CBT as the treatment of choice for common mental health problems. Read about the government’s announcement to provide additional funding for CBT on the NHS as a result of the therapist shortage in the UK.
12. Are there problems CBT cannot help?
Problems I do not specialise in :
13. Will CBT work for me?
CBT is not for everyone; after your initial assessment, if I think you will benefit more from a different therapy approach, I will discuss this with you, and will either provide you with contact details of another therapist or Service, or I may offer to refer you to another therapist or Service, if it’s appropriate.
14. How can CBT help me with the past?
The first stage of CBT is the assessment stage, where you and your therapist will develop a good understanding of how your problems developed, and what is maintaining them.
The main focus of your CBT sessions will be on changing current behaviours, that serve to maintain your problems, in order to help you act in ways consistent with your values and goals.
In your CBT sessions, you will also learn how to pay more attention to your thoughts, and turn the more negative, unhelpful thoughts into more helpful thoughts. This will enable you to move forward in life, instead of being held back by your past experiences.
15. How does CBT differ from other forms of therapy?
In CBT your role is as an active participant, where you and your therapist collaborate and work together to come to a shared understanding of your problems and develop strategies together for overcoming them. CBT is empowering in that you will learn how to help yourself so that if the same problems crop up in future, you will be better prepared to deal with them. You can read more about the differences between the main therapeutic approaches.
Have all your questions been answered?
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