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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is recognised as the most effective of the talking therapies in enabling changes in learned behavioural patterns and habits. This therapy is based upon the idea that certain ways of thinking or feeling trigger or worsen interpersonal problems and the associated anxiety and behaviours that accompany them. This form of therapy assists in identifying harmful, inaccurate or unhelpful thoughts that in turn affect the mood and patterns of behaviour, helping to reshape them until they replace the unhelpful ones, in order to live a satisfying life. It also provides opportuties to adapt the behaviour first, in order to then form new, more helpful beliefs over time.

This therapeutic approach can be brief and usually involves 'homework' between sessions such as keeping a thought diary, practicing different ways of behaving, exploring more flexible thinking and unlearning old or unhelpful patterns.


Hypnosis can be used either on its own or as an addition to the work by this licensed hypnotherapist. Hypnosis works very well with therapy in permitting new beliefs, thoughts and therefore behaviours to be more readily accepted by the client's usually more critical, conscious mind.

For some clients, it is a means of exploring thinking and feeling differently.

For all it is a positive experience that clients remain in control of at all times.

Other Psychotherapeutic Methods

This therapist adapts the approach to suit the clients' needs. As such other methods such as person-centred, multimodal, transactional analysis and integrated family systems are all available to complement the predominantly CBT approach.

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