FAQ’s

Therapy can be confusing. Read some of the most common frequently asked therapy questions below. Have you got questions about therapy? Contact me today.

WHAT IS COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY?

CBT, or Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, is a talking therapy. It has been proven 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. We work together in changing behaviours, or thinking patterns, or both.

HOW ARE COGNITIVE THERAPY SESSIONS DELIVERED?

Cognitive therapy sessions are offered in individual sessions, couples or as part of a group. The number of sessions you need depends on the difficulty you need help with. Often this will be between six and 20 weekly sessions lasting 60 minutes each. Cognitive therapy is mainly concerned with how you think and act now, instead of focussing too much on your past.

We will discuss your specific difficulties and set manageable goals for you to achieve. Therapy is not a quick fix. It involves hard work during and between sessions.

My job isn't to tell you what to do but to help you decide what difficulties you want to work on in order to help you improve your situation. I will be able to advise you on how to continue using Mindfulness and CBT techniques in your daily life after your treatment ends.

I frequently travel and I wouldn’t be able to commit to weekly face to face visits? Are there other options of communication?

I offer therapy sessions in a wide range of settings to make it more accessible for clients with busy lives and to also reduce delays in getting help.

Sessions may be combined with flexible telephone, email, Skype or face-to-face appointments at home, clinic or offices to check progress and help to overcome any barriers to putting into practice what you have learned.

I have been diagnosed with depression and prescribed antidepressants. Will therapy sessions help me to be able to stop taking drugs?

Cognitive behavioural therapy works as well as antidepressants for many forms of depression. It may be slightly better than antidepressants in helping anxiety.

For severe depression, therapy should be used with antidepressant medication. When you are very low, you may find it hard to change the way you think until the antidepressants have started to make you feel better. Tranquillisers should not be used as a long term treatment for anxiety.

Therapy for depression is a better option. Cognitive behavioural therapy is a complementary therapy and therefore works alongside your doctor’s advice prescribed medicine as long as your doctor does not advise against therapy sessions.

Consult your GP or medical advisor first.

WHAT IS MINDFULNESS THERAPY?

Mindfulness is an integrative, mind-body based training that helps people to change the way they think and feel about their experiences - especially stressful experiences – and is recommended as a treatment for people with mental health problems.

Mindfulness exercises are ways of paying attention to the present moment, using techniques like meditation, breathing, and yoga. Training helps people to become more aware of their thoughts, feelings, and body sensations so that instead of being overwhelmed by them, they are better able to manage them.

Practising mindfulness can give more insight into emotions, boost attention and concentration, and improve relationships.

Mindfulness can be practiced by children, young people and adults. You don’t need to be religious or spiritual to practise mindfulness – it can help people with or without religious beliefs.

IS THERAPY FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH A MEDICAL CONDITION OR CAN ANYONE BENEFIT FROM IT?

Whether you want to learn new techniques for coping with stress in the workplace or at home, manage anxiety or depression or improve your concentration, energy levels and enjoyment of life, mindfulness therapy sessions can be a valuable tool.

Many people testify to the difference it can make to their general mental health. In fact, mindfulness meditation can have such a positive impact on our mental and physical well-being that many GPs say that all people could benefit from learning the techniques.

CAN DIET & NUTRITION ADVICE IMPROVE MY ANXIETY SYMPTOMS?

There are strong links between what we eat and how we feel, for example, caffeine and sugar can have an immediate effect. But food can also have a long-lasting effect on your mental health.

Your brain needs a mix of nutrients to stay healthy and function well, just like the other organs in your body. A diet that’s good for your physical health is also good for your mental health. Diet and nutritional advice is optional.

If you have a medical condition I may advise you on particular foods to include and avoid in your diet. I will ask you to keep a food diary and I will prepare an analysis in between your sessions.

WHAT IF MY SYMPTOMS COME BACK?

There is always a risk that the anxiety, depression or other symptoms can return. If they do, your self-help skills should make it easier for you to control them.

So it is important to keep practising your skills even after you are feeling better. There is some research that suggests therapy may be better than antidepressants at preventing depression coming back. If necessary you can have a "refresher" course.