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 a wealth of studies showing the effectiveness of CBT in comparison to other therapies. Many are available to the public 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 extremely popular with people who have been successfully helped and there’s a vast amount of 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 you’ll 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 techniques for yourself in order to 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.
NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) guidelines recommend 8-10 sessions for anxiety; between us we will agree the precise number of sessions in order that you regain full enjoyment of life.
Chronic conditions usually need a few more sessions, for chronic depression I 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.