Question: What is cognitive behavioural therapy? Answer: Cognitive behavioural therapy works by challenging client's attitudes to life and the behaviour that stems from it. The CBT therapist works together with the client in the cognitive behavioural therapy sessions on modifying their beliefs, thoughts and attitudes (cognitions) to improve their behaviour and emotional outcome.
Question: What can cognitive behavioural therapy treat? Answer: CBT has proved to be a highly effective therapy for dealing with issues such as: anxiety management, depression, specific phobias, self confidence building, to stop smoking, irritable bowel syndrome, stress management, panic attacks, low self esteem, anger management, assertiveness training, work related illness, driving tests, blushing, weight issues, perfectionism, nail biting, substance abuse, relationship problems, redundancy, sleep disorders, allergies, amongst many more.
Question:Do you specialise in any particular disorders or issues? Answer: I specialise in anxiety disorders, low self esteem and confidence issues. Self esteem can also be described as self confidence, self worth or self belief and it is the way we put a measure of value or worth on ourselves through personal life experiences, the media and other peoples views and opinions. Low self esteem forms when we encounter negative periods in our lives mainly in childhood or as a teenager but it must be noted that negative core beliefs about ourselves, other people and the world can occur anytime during stressful or traumatic times in our lives. Low self esteem can be the root cause of many symptoms and issues such as anxiety, procrastination, relationship problems, depression, guilt, anger, jealousy etc. I also specialise in anxiety disorders such as generalised anxiety disorder, health anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety, performance anxiety, agoraphobia and specific phobia and find cognitive behavioural therapy to be a very effective therapy model to use as it helps to modify a clients negative thinking patterns, subsequent behaviours and unpleasant emotions and feelings resulting from this. I am also using my expertise to work with clients who have been in involved in road traffic collisions / motor vehicle accidents and are experiencing PTSD and anxiety related symptoms as a result of the RTC / MVA via specialist insurance companies.
Question: Do you see clients after 6pm and how much do you charge? Answer: Yes I offer late opening hours from Monday to Friday from 10am to 9pm and my opening times on Saturday are 10am to 1pm as I recognise that its sometimes difficult for my clients to book in a cognitive behavioural therapy session during normal working hours. My face to face CBT treatment costs are £50 per hour in 2015 for individual and couples therapy for both weekday and weekend opening times.
Question:Where is your private practice based? Answer: I have a private practice based in Egham in Surrey. My Egham private practice is located at 164 Egham High Street TW20 9HP within two minutes walking distance from Egham Train Station which connects to train destinations including Hounslow, Windsor, Slough, Staines, Feltham, Virginia Water, Chertsey, Wentworth, Ashford, Bedfont, Addlestone etc.
Question:Do you belong to any professional organisations? Answer: Certainly I am an accredited Member of the National Register of Psychotherapists and Counsellors UK (MNRPC, Acc) a Member of the Professional Association for Hypnosisis and Psychotherapy (MAHP ), a Member of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and also a Member of the NHS Directory of Complementary and Alternative Practitioners (NHSTA) regulated by the NHS Trusts Association.
Question: Do you combine any other forms of therapy with cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)? Answer: Only when appropriate. I am also qualified in both clinical hypnotherapy and crisis, trauma and post traumatic stress disorder counselling.
Question:Can cognitive behavioural therapy be used for telephone counselling? Answer: I use CBT telephone session techniques when I carry out my telephone counselling as it is an effective telephone therapy method for dealing with many types of negative thinking and behaviour. Telephone administered cognitive behavioural therapy sessions also adapt well to implementing homework outside of the telephone counselling therapy sessions and these are also available through Skype-my Skype name is simon.hillier2.
Question: Can CBT be of help in the workplace and working environments? Answer: Cognitive behavioural therapy has proven to be of value for staff who have work related issues in many professions such as teachers, the police, ambulance and fire service, medical staff, public sector workers etc-in fact the list is endless. Work related stress is a major issue in the UK at present due to longer hours, staff shortages, ever increasing workloads and the underlying worry of possible redundancy.
Question: Is cognitive behavioural therapy a type of counselling? Answer: There are many forms of talking therapies and CBT in recent clinical trials has proved overall to be one the most affective therapy methods for dealing with mental health issues in adult men and women, adolescents and children and is widely used within the NHS.
Question: Does cognitive behavioural therapy work as well in group sessions and couples counselling? Answer:I use CBT as a therapist in both settings in my private practice and on home visits. Family and friends are welcome to sit in on the cognitive behavioural therapy session if my client wishes.
Question: How many cognitive behavioural therapy sessions will I need? Answer:Cognitive behavioural therapy sessions are usually a short term process with clients seeing significant improvements or overcoming their problem completely within six to ten hours of CBT. However the duration of therapy sessions may vary on dealing with the severity of the problem and if there is more than one issue involved. Cognitive behavioural therapy can be flexible as to the duration between therapy sessions, allowing the client to work on and perfect the techniques learnt and to use them in day to day living.
Question:Are there any worksheets given out in the cognitive behavioural therapy sessions? Answer:Specialist worksheets and free information handouts are an essential part of the CBT process and are used during the cognitive behavioural therapy session and also as an aid for the client when working on specific homework tasks that have been constructed by the cognitive behavioural therapist and themselves during the therapy session.
Question: Why is homework so important in cognitive behavioural therapy? Answer: CBT is a problem focused therapy with the client and therapist working together on techniques specifically tailored to the client's ongoing problem. It is very important that the client uses the skills and techniques that have been developed during therapy in real life situations. These will then be explored in the next session with the cognitive behavioural therapist.
Question: What techniques are employed in cognitive behavioural therapy? Answer: Varied techniques are used by a cognitive behavioural therapist and are tailored to dealing with the particular therapy needs of the client. Some examples of CBT techniques are: challenging negative thoughts, mindfulness based cognitive behavioural therapy, relaxation therapy, flooding and using a daily mood log.
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