CBT

Dr Jo Nowill, Samantha Lindley, Nitika Jain, Andy Flack, Dr Nicky Dobbin and Dr Jackie Withers offer Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). CBT is a psychotherapy based on cognitions, assumptions, beliefs, and behaviours, with the aim of influencing negative emotions that relate to inaccurate appraisal of events.

The particular therapeutic techniques vary according to the particular kind of client or issue, but for post traumatic stress disorder usually combine trauma-sensitive interventions related to processing the trauma, managing distressing thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. These might include keeping a diary of significant events and associated feelings, thoughts and behaviours; questioning and testing cognitions, assumptions, evaluations and beliefs that might be unhelpful and unrealistic; gradually facing activities which may have been avoided; and trying out new ways of behaving and reacting. Relaxation and distraction techniques are also commonly included. CBT is widely accepted as an evidence – and empiricism-based, cost-effective psychotherapy for many disorders and psychological problems.

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