CBT is a relatively quick process. We start by exploring what the problems are together, and building a clear picture of what you’d like to change in your life. You will learn techniques for yourself in order to manage your own thought processes, behaviour and feelings. 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.
There are many scientific studies showing the effectiveness of CBT and 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 which will then be reported back.
CBT is a very enabling process and 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.
NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) guidelines recommend 8-10 sessions for anxiety; for chronic depression or low mood 10-20 sessions will be most effective.
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.