CBT is not just another theory or school of psychotherapy. In recent years it has become the main stream psychological therapy. It is the therapy recommended by the Department of Health in its publications. Over recent years it has become the psychological treatment of choice, for anxiety, depression, PTSD and other conditions recommended in the NICE guidelines. It has an extensive empirical base and extensive studies demonstrating effectiveness. It is the therapy that has a solid base in clinical science and develops further with new research findings. Many Doctors now routinely recommend CBT rather than medication.
What Does CBT Involve?
Whilst consultations are essentially talking-therapy sessions. CBT goes beyond just talking and involves practical tasks, exercises and what we call behavioural experiments to enhance understanding of the difficulty and to help bring about substantial change in feelings, beliefs, thinking and behaviour. It is an essential part of therapy that clients have an understanding of the process causing their difficulty, so that the tasks, exercises and experiments make sense within that context, rather than practicing strategies that their therapist suggest.
For this reason, PAM Wellbeing therapist and client are, in essence, collaborators in a problem-solving process. Clients, in discussion with the therapist, decide which tasks and exercise they feel ready to undertake.
There may be times when it is important to look at previous history but this is not usually an extensive part of the process. Treatment is more usually grounded in present experience, tends to be de-mystifying and usually has a problem orientated focus.
What it Works For
PAM Wellbeing provide CBT for: Low mood and depression, adjustment reactions, chronic pain, and anxiety problems including: General anxiety, social anxiety, panic disorder, phobias, obsessive compulsive problems, work stress, health anxiety, body dysmorphic disorder and sleep problems. It can also facilitate change in patients with dependency and addiction problems, relationship and jealousy problems, Post-traumatic stress and adjustment disorder, chronic fatigue and bulimia nervosa.