Cognitive Behavioural Therapy & Counselling at Active VIII
What Is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?
Cognitive behavioural therapy is a practical problem-solving approach to psychological or health difficulties. It tends to be short term, focussed, often with real life tasks set for you to work on between sessions. Based on well established research it is generally considered one of the most effective therapies available.
Active VIII psychologists believes in using CBT methods within a warm and non-judgemental relationship which always takes the clients own goals and concerns as the starting point.
What Kinds Of Problems Can We Help?
CBT is proven to be of help with many types of problems, but specifically Active VIII's psychologists offen work on:
- general anxiety and stress related difficulties
- panic attacks
- phobias including agoraphobia
- social anxiety and shyness
- obsessional symptoms.
- adjustment to health problems
What is NLP Therapy?
NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Therapy is a short term goal-orientated and practical therapeutic approach to solving your problems and achieving success.
What kind of problems can NLP help?
Areas NLP can help include coping with stress / stress management, anger management, anxiety, improving performance, pain management – the list is endless. Whatever problem you have, NLP Therapy can help.
What Happens At The First Appointment?
First of all we will need to find out about you and your difficulties, and will listen and ask questions to gain a full understanding. These questions will be about the details of the problems, your life circumstances, your past and how the problem developed. You may also have to fill in questionnaires or, to keep a record or diary of your problems during the week.
This will take at least an hour, and may sometimes take more than one session. The psychologist will then arrive at a possible explanation of how your problem has arisen and what factors affect it. Some targets for treatment will be agreed and the type of treatment discussed and explained.
There will be time to talk and ask questions and decide if this approach is suitable for you.
What Will Happen In Treatment?
People often find that just coming for the assessment, talking about their problems, and trying to understand them together is very helpful. You will certainly spend much of the sessions talking and exploring what you think and feel about the problem. In doing this the Anne may help you to think about things in different and perhaps more helpful ways. Coming to understand more about your difficulties and how they have developed may also be important.
Apart from talking you will often be given tasks to do in between sessions. These might include relaxation or other exercises, practising things or gradually learning to go into situations which you find difficult. You may be asked to keep a record of events and your own thoughts and feelings.
Treatment aims to help you to find ways of improving the situation, coping better, or seeing things in a different way. This should help you to be more in control so that your life is not so affected by the difficulties you are having at the moment.
So while the therapist may not have a “magic cure”, she will help you to find ways of helping yourself. She will explain things and make suggestions, but will also use your own ideas. It is a cooperative effort in which you will be working actively as well.
How Often Will I Have To Come? How Long Will It Take?
Appointments are usually 50-60 minutes. Often people come once a week or a fortnight, although this depends on your problem and how far through treatment you are. Towards the end you may arrange less frequent or shorter appointments.
The number of sessions varies, but will be discussed with you when the treatment is planned. Usually there is an initial number agreed, after which your needs are reviewed.
What Is A Chartered Clinical Psychologist?
A clinical psychologist has a degree in psychology, and has then taken a further three or four year Masters or Doctorate level course in applying psychology to helping people with problems. This includes practical experience of working with people with a wide variety of problems.
People sometimes confuse us with psychiatrists. They are medically trained and use physical treatments such as drugs, and sometimes psychological ones. Psychologists specialise in psychological treatments and do not offer medication.
Chartering is your guarantee that your psychologist is fully trained and qualified and abides by the British Psychological Society’s code of conduct and ethics. As part of this Anne is supported and supervised in her work by another psychologist who is an Associate Fellow of the BPS. What happens and is said in treatment will be kept confidentially, although your doctor or referrer may need a report which will be discussed with you. Anne is fully insured.
Did a Psychology degree at Nottingham University and was then involved in cutting edge research into psychological therapies at Oxford University. She did her clinical training in Oxford, qualifying in 1991.
Since then she has worked in a variety of general medical and mental health specialities within the NHS in Berkshire, as well as now running a private practice here at Active VIII.