About Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is strongly evidenced for a broad range of problems- put especially for the anxiety and the OCD family. As you will learn by exploring this site, CBT is different to other forms of therapy. Its methods and techniques are devised by studying outcomes in thousands of empirical research trials. These trials aim to understand what strategies and techniques work best in different situations and with different problems.
Our OCD and anxiety clients present with a vast range of problems and symptoms, and we tailor our treatment to their individual needs. Some clients may need several months of intensive treatment based on their condition. Others might need just six sessions to work through a more minor anxiety "spike". We try to be as flexible as possible in our approach, and have found that this works well with the realities of peoples lives.
Unfortunately, there can never be a 100% guarantee of success. Sometimes there needs to be a conversation before therapy begins as to what can be realistically expected. For example, if someone asked us to help make sure they are ‘never unhappy or anxious again’, we would have to explain that such an aim is impossible to achieve. But we could help to significantly decrease their unhappiness or anxiety levels.
CBT is recommended as the psychological treatment of first choice for OCD and anxiety. We use protocol lead interventions such as exposure and response prevention to give our clients the strongest chance or recovery.
UK mental health charity MIND explains CBT
Prof David Clark introduces CBT