At some time in our lives most of us find ourselves feeling stressed, worried or low. Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) can help you identify and overcome negative thoughts and emotions, and is a commonly used treatment for people suffering from depression, anxiety or stress.
CBT is often concerned with the problems that may be affecting you at present, but can also focus on experiences in the past. For example, a young person experiencing neglect may believe, wrongly, that this experience is their fault. In adult life they may continue to fear rejection and consequently avoid social contact. If patterns of thinking and acting in this way are repeated, upsetting feelings can become further reinforced by unhelpful behaviour and it becomes a cycle of unhelpful thinking, actions and consequences. CBT aims to help you change your patterns of thinking and behaviour to encourage different outcomes.
CBT has a good evidence base and outcomes from CBT research are continually informing treatment programmes and the training of clinicians. This means that therapists will use the most up to date knowledge and skills to inform the therapy plan they make with you.
A session of CBT is usually about an hour long, and the number of sessions you will receive is entirely dependent on an agreement between you and your therapist; a medium term therapy is around 20 sessions, but for those who would benefit more, this may take place for up to 2 years. CBT principles can be used with individuals, with small or large groups, or with family members or carers.
Once we receive your referral, a therapist from the anxiety & depression service (Plymouth Options) will talk to you to assess if CBT is appropriate for you. Working with you, we will help develop your treatment plan and arrange access to CBT.