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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Integrative Counselling (IC) are talking therapies. They can help people who are experiencing a wide range of mental health difficulties.

What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)? 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy. It can help people who are experiencing a wide range of mental health difficulties.

What people think can affect how they feel and how they behave. This is the basis of CBT. During times of distress, people think differently about themselves and what happens to them. Thoughts can become extreme and unhelpful. This can worsen how a person feels. They may then behave in a way that prolongs their distress.

CBT practitioners help each person to identify and change their extreme thinking and unhelpful behaviours. In doing this the result is often a major improvement in how a person feels and lives.

 

CBT is recognised as the treatment of choice by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) for most depression and anxiety related problems.

When can CBT help?

CBT can be helpful in the following situations;

  • Depression (including post-natal depression)

  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder (often known as excessive worry)

  • Panic and Agoraphobia

  • Specific phobias

  • Social phobia

  • Bulimia and binge eating

  • Health anxiety

  • Self esteem issues and

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

CBT can also be very beneficial for pain management in cases of long term and chronic pain and is particularly effective when applied alongside therapy with our osteopaths or physiotherapists. 

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What is Integrative Counselling (IC)?

IC allows for a range of approaches and techniques to be used to help the client to help themselves.  It is a collaboration between the therapist and client. At its core is the belief that each person needs to be considered as an individual and that counselling techniques must be tailored to each person’s particular needs. The client is at the front and centre of the therapy. 

 

IC can be beneficial for those who want to overcome negative patterns of behaviour caused by anxieties or fears and for a wide range of mental health issues such as:

 

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Stress

  • Bereavement

  • Low Self Esteem

  • Relationship Management 

What other type of techniques are used?

Walking and talking therapy

Compassion focussed therapy

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Mindfulness

Our Therapists

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Julie has over 40 years experience in healthcare and is a trained therapist.

She believes in an personal approach, so it can helpful to talk to Julie prior to treatment. 

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Antonia re-qualified as a psychotherapist after a career in law.  She set up her own private practice over five years ago. 

It can be helpful to have an initial chat with Antonia over the phone prior to booking to make sure that therapy with her is the right thing for you.