We all want to experience more happiness and less suffering. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) helps you do just that.
CBT has been shown to be an effective way of coping with a number of different long-term health conditions. In addition to depression or anxiety disorders, CBT can also help people with:
- obsessive compulsive disorder
- panic disorder
- eating disorders – such as anorexia and bulimia
- sleep problems – such as insomnia
- low self-worth/self-esteem
- chronic pain
- irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)
My speciality is rational emotive behaviour therapy (REBT) which is a type of cognitive behavioural therapy. It is a holistic model that integrates your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. The clear and straightforward principles of REBT focus on ways to improve your emotional and mental wellbeing.
REBT will give you the tools needed to break the endless cycle of negative thoughts and behaviours. It will change how you think about yourself, the world and other people.
How it works
REBT is primarily a problem-solving approach to therapy that will help you make sense of overwhelming situations by breaking them down into smaller parts. It will help you understand how your moods, thoughts and behaviours are linked. With the help of a range of techniques, it will show you how to train your mind to think more flexibly and constructively. You will learn new skills and strategies that will enable you to deal with stressful situations and control your emotions with more ease.
Unlike some other talking therapies, REBT involves dealing with the issues that you are struggling with right now, rather than solely focusing on events from your past.
My aim is to help you rationalise the way you think, and explain clearly how some thoughts can be destructive. I work with you to identify any unhealthy and irrational beliefs that are keeping you stuck. Once these beliefs are uncovered, they can be examined, disputed and replaced with a more helpful, flexible way of thinking.
This approach results in a much more thorough treatment that addresses all aspects of your problems. Working together, we will come up with a more balanced and realistic approach that will enable you to lead a happier and more fulfilling life.
I work on five key areas:
- Emotions ― what you are feeling.
- Behaviour ― what you are doing.
- Thoughts ― what you are thinking.
- Any physical symptoms you are experiencing.
- Any impulses or tendencies to hide away and avoid your problems.
There is no stigma around words such as ‘psychological’, ‘mental’ or ‘emotional’ when talking about our health. At some point in all of our lives things go wrong with our health, both physically and mentally. Why should we think of our emotional or mental wellbeing as being any different to seeking treatment for physical ailments such as a broken leg or the flu? When things become overwhelming, I will work with you on the problems that you find too challenging or difficult to deal with on your own.
I’m always happy to answer any questions. For more information or to discuss treatment options, please get in touch.