CBT or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, is a talking therapy that has been proven to help treat a wide range of emotional and psychological problems. CBT looks at how we think about a situation and how this affects the way we feel and act.
You and I will work together in noticing whether any thoughts or behaviours are unhelpful for you, and thinking about whether these could be changed.
CBT is a practical therapy which usually takes about 7-10 sessions. At home you are asked to write down situations that bother you or make you feel upset. During the sessions I’ll write your thoughts on a whiteboard so we can look at it together.
Mindfulness is a specific way of paying attention to what is happening in our lives in the present moment, as it truly is. Of course it won’t eliminate life’s pressures – but with practice it can help us take notice of (and hopefully stop) negative, habitual reactions to everyday stress.
The most common way this technique is practiced is through mindfulness meditation.
In between the (8) sessions you are asked to practice meditation on a daily basis. Meditation can be lying down and listen to my voice helping you to stay focused, but it also means doing the things you do with attention.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, known as “ACT” (pronounced as the word “act”) is a mindfulness-based behavioral therapy that challenges the ground rules of most Western psychology. It utilizes an eclectic mix of metaphor, paradox, and mindfulness skills, along with a wide range of experiential exercises and values-guided behavioral interventions. The goal of ACT is to create a rich and meaningful life, while accepting the pain that inevitably goes with it.
See this lovely little film about a one minute fly who tries to make the most of it!
My fee is £55 a session (max 60 minutes) to be paid cash for the initial session and in advance by bank transfer for following sessions. If needed, concessions are available, please contact me to discuss. Payment is made in advance by bank payment.
Cancellation: If you are unforeseen unable to attend your appointment please let me know by email as soon as possible. The normal fee will be charged if you cancel the same day, a cancellation fee of 50% if you cancel the day before. I hope you appreciate that it is rarely possible to fill appointments at such short notice, which is why I am obliged to charge for missed appointments.