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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy FAQ

“The stronger person is not the one making the most noise but the one who can quietly direct the conversation toward defining and solving problems.”
Aaron T Beck

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What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?

CBT, is a structured, short term, present-orientated psychotherapy  that has been proved to help treat a wide range of emotional and physical health conditions in adults, young people and children. CBT looks at how we think about a situation and how this affects the way we act. In turn our actions can affect how we think and feel. The therapist and client work together in changing the client’s behaviours and/or their thinking patterns.

It is an evidence based approach shown to be effective in treating anxiety conditions and depression and reviewed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) (UK). 

What Can CBT Help With?

  • Anxiety disorders including panic attacks and post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Depression

  • Eating disorders including Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia

  • Obsessive compulsive disorder

  • ​CBT is also used to treat many other psychological conditions

How is CBT Delivered?

CBT is offered as individual sessions with a specialist CBT therapist. The number of CBT sessions is usually around ten but may be more or less depending on the complexity of the issues. Each session lasts one hour. The focus will be on how you think and act now, rather than at the past.

It is a collaborative process between the individual and therapist with discussions around your specific difficulties, with goals being set weekly for you to work on.  CBT involves hard work during and between sessions. You will continue using CBT techniques long after therapy has ended and your life has improved.

For more Information:
http://www.babcp.com/Public/What-is-CBT.aspx

What is Occupational Therapy?

OT is profession concerned with promoting health and wellbeing through occupation. It is a person centred approach that  is about helping the individual lead a life that is as fulfilling as possible. It believes that being as independent as possible and engaged in activities that are meaningful to the individual is essential for good mental health which in turn allows the individual to regain a sense of achievement, well being and self esteem.

To achieve this, Occupational Therapists identify the barriers preventing the individual from moving forward and getting better. These can be physical and/or emotional problems. In order to do this effectively therapists look at the individual , their illness and their environment and the interplay between these. Solutions are then put in place to overcome these obstacles and support the transition to better health and independence.  

What can Occupational Therapy help with?

  • Assessment of functional ability. This involves assessing the individual’s ability to manage work and home roles and participate actively in these pursuits.

  • Identification of barriers to the individual’s functioning within their usual environments and developing collaborative strategies to overcome these barriers. 

  • Interventions to assist clients to overcome practical challenges including independent life skills, home maintenance, self care, leisure and health/fitness goals using focused occupational strategies.

  • Mental State Examination

  • Risk assessment