What can I expect from CBT Therapy?
The aim of CBT is to help you manage low mood or anxiety. Mood changes and anxiety are part of being human and we all have ups and downs. CBT can provide you with life long skills that can be applied to future situations that bring on anxiety and/ or depression.
Assessing your needs
In our first two sessions, I will conduct an assessment to explore the difficulties you are currently experiencing and provide a set of questionnaires for you to complete. CBT is a scientific talking therapy. Therefore, we continue to measure how you feel each week by completing a set of questionnaires that enable us to carefully monitor how you are progressing. Quite often, it is hard to notice any changes, and these questionnaires can help us do this.
During our assessment, we discuss what you would like to change in your life and how you’d like it to be different. CBT is a very structured form of talking therapy so we set very specific goals that we can scientifically measure, and, from that we create a treatment plan.
At the end of our assessment we should have a clear idea of what you’d like to gain from cbt therapy and how we are going to do that. We work together as a team to create our plan. I may provide options on the different areas of difficulty to focus on but you are the expert on yourself and you can direct me on the most important issues that you want to focus on.
Once we know the areas to focus on and we have a clear pathway, we work together each week on an issue that causes you anxiety and is related to your goals. We explore your thoughts, feelings, sensations and actions and I may suggest techniques that could be used to bring about some changes. Alternatively you may have an idea of what you’d like to try out for yourself. At the end of each session, we plan a task together that you can try out at home. Each week we review how that task went and then plan how to move forward together. Over time you will build up a bank of techniques that you find useful to manage your anxiety and/ or low mood. You can use them to help you with future situations.
What happens when I End Therapy?
CBT is time limited and this can sometimes be a daunting prospect. However, therapy doesn’t just end abruptly, you’ll know when you feel ready, you will have met your goals or be on your way to meeting them without feeling the need to come each week. Towards the end of therapy, we make a wellbeing plan for the future. We outline what has worked for you and reflect on the signs and symptoms of anxiety so you know what to look out for and what will help you to get back on track more quickly. We put together a summary that you can read back on and then we may plan for a follow up session in 3 months or 6 months time.
If you would like more information on what to expect or have any questions, please feel free to contact me.