What happens in a CBT session

Your session will be confidential and take place in a quiet environment in my private practice. During therapy, you will learn to look at your thoughts and beliefs about yourself, the world and other people and to understand the link to your behaviours, emotions and physical reactions.

A list of problems you want to address will be developed in therapy. Alongside this, you will also develop realistic goals you would like to achieve, these are flexible and constantly under review. CBT sessions are structured, unlike other forms of psychotherapy where clients talk about anything.

By making links between what you do, think and feel, CBT can help you make changes in the way you think (Cognitive). Making changes in how you think will affect how you feel and how you behave (Behaviour). Similarly, changing what you do, affects the way you think and feel. Making these changes can then help you feel better.

CBT may focus on what is going on in the present rather than the past. However, in therapy we may also look at your past and how your past experiences impact on how you interpret the world now.

At the end of each session you will be given "homework" to put into practice what has been discussed. This may be writing a diary or trying out a coping exercise for a specific situation. This is an important part of the process and the results will be discussed at your follow-up appointments.