CBT is the treatment of choice used in the National Health Service for anxiety, depression, anger, eating disorders, relationship problems and substance misuse. It’s also highly effective for post-traumatic stress disorder, and is used widely in the Military service for this reason.
There are many studies showing how effective CBT is when compared to other therapies, many are available online, for example through Google Scholar, so do take a look.
In addition to being proven by a huge amount of scientific evidence, CBT is an extremely popular therapy with people who have been on the receiving end and there’s a vast amount of client-led anecdotal evidence for success.
There are experiments and homework tasks which we decide between us, and in order to make full use of the therapy there is an expectation that you try some new strategies outside of the sessions; and then report back.
CBT does not entail working on problems over a period of years. You will learn personal techniques for yourself manage your own thought processes and behaviours . There is a great sense of personal agency in this, and therefore the positive benefits tend to be very long lasting, as you will be equipped to manage all kinds of tricky situations.CBT is a very enabling process, which is one of the reasons I take great satisfaction in helping people.
There are NICE guidlines recommending 8-10 sessions for anxiety,for example, but we will be able to agree the precise number of sessions between us in order that you regain full enjoyment of life.
Chronic conditions usually need a few more sessions, for chronic depression NICE guildlines recommend 10-20 sessions.
This may seem daunting , but I have successfully helped clients who have struggled with depression reaching back to their teenage years, who have been absolutely overjoyed to be able to make a full recovery.