Cognitive behavioural therapy is the treatment of choice for both anxiety and depression. It is recommended by NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) and by the NHS. I offer CBT because in my years of experience delivering CBT both in the NHS and privately, I have found that it works.
CBT assumes a connection between the way we feel, our thoughts and our behaviour. These connections often relate to patterns or habits of thinking or behaving that developed at some point in the past and are no longer helpful and it is these patterns that often contribute to our anxiety and depression.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
In CBT we begin by developing a shared understanding or picture of what might be contributing to your difficulties. We then follow a structured process driven by your therapy goals to change unhelpful thoughts, beliefs or behaviours that might be maintaining the problem.
CBT has a strong evidence base for both anxiety and depression and can help with the following difficulties:
CBT involves weekly sessions either face-to-face or by skype. After building a shared understanding of your current difficulties we will develop a treatment plan that fits with your therapy goals. We will agree a number of sessions to meet followed by a review of how things are changing. Much of the change is likely to come from what you do outside our sessions so some time will be required of you each week between sessions. You will usually meet with a therapist for between 4 and 20 weekly or fortnightly sessions.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
At times I may also suggest that we use EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). This is a psychotherapy approach designed for working with distressing or traumatic memories. Often when we experience distressing life events the memory gets 'locked' or stored in the brain in an unhelpful way that can result in later psychological difficulties. EMDR is one way to help process the traumatic memories that will then reduce symptoms and difficulties in the present. There is good evidence that EMDR is effective in treating traumatic memories and it is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for treating PTSD.
If you wish to discuss any of this further please contact me on or 07510 182256.
I have a clinic in Lewes, East Sussex and take self-referral and referrals from GPs and psychiatrists in the Lewes and East Sussex area including Uckfield, Hailsham, Horam, Heathfield, Brighton, Falmer, Seaford, Newhaven, Ringmer, Cooksbridge, Plumpton and Burgess Hill.