Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy at our Edinburgh centre
We are pleased to offer cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) at our Edinburgh centre.
CBT draws on psychological ideas to look at very specific issues or difficulties, such as anxiety, stress or depression. It focuses on the thinking patterns creating and maintaining the presenting problem/s, identifying their links with emotions and behaviours.
This therapy encompasses a range of techniques, all of which are very active and expect clients to start making changes in what they do.
It is usually of slightly shorter duration than counselling, often lasting for between six and 12 sessions. This is mainly because it places more emphasis on the client to learn techniques and skills they can then apply by themselves. Of course, this is not always easy or possible, hence CBT doesn't suit everybody nor is it always the best approach in particular circumstances (e.g. dealing with feelings of grief).
What is cognitive-behaviour therapy?
Cognitive-behaviour Therapy (CBT) – also sometimes called cognitive-behavioural therapy – examines unhelpful emotions, behaviours and thoughts which create and maintain problems. Although we may not realise it, every thought we have, however fleeting, directly affects how we feel and what we do. For example, if we think we are a failure, we are likely to feel miserable whereas if we think we are a success we are likely to feel upbeat. Cognitive behaviour therapists work with clients to modify the way they think and behave to improve how they feel.
What issues/problems can cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT) help with?
Cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT) is a popular approach which has proven effective in helping to manage a variety of problems such as depression, anxiety, panic disorder, phobias and obsessive compulsive disorder to name a few. Indeed, cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT) is the mainstream treatment for depression and anxiety in the NHS as it was the first therapy to be shown to be as effective as drug interventions for these problems. However, cognitive-behaviour therapy is not a quick fix solution and may not suit everyone as the onus lies on the client to apply the techniques they learn in sessions to their everyday lives.
- An indepth look at cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT)
- How cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT) helped Helen – client case study
- CBT advice and resources (pdf)
Choosing a CBT therapist
Cognitive behavioural therapy is offered by cognitive-behaviour therapists (CBT therapists) and psychologists. Their role is to help clients identify negative thoughts/beliefs and unhelpful behaviours with a view to modifying and improving these for the better. Every CBT practitioner comes from a different background and brings their own unique skillset and way of working. We believe it is important to match the right therapist to the client which is why we provide a comprehensive profile of all our therapists on our website. In choosing the therapist most suited to you, for example, a male or female therapist, we would hope you will feel comfortable and get the most out of your CBT sessions.
Seeking cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT) can be an overwhelming experience but it may help to know that cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT) has been shown, in many studies, to be an effective treatment for a wide range of issues and problems. Our psychologists and CBT therapists are highly qualified and have years of experience working with clients to make the process of pursuing cognitive-behaviour-therapy (CBT) as stress-free as possible. In addition, we are happy to answer any questions you may have about the services our psychologists and therapists provide.
Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy
Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy combines cognitive therapy with meditation techniques. It was designed to reduce relapse and recurrence of depression, but it has also been shown to help people with anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome and insomnia.
Find out more
To find out more about cognitive-behaviour therapy at our Edinburgh centre or to book an initial session with one of our experienced practitioners, please contact us.
Ana Georgieva, Senior Counselling Psychologist (Online only)