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Dr Elaine Beaumont

THE WORSLEY CENTRE
FOR PSYCHOTHERAPY
50 Bridgewater Road
Worsley M28 3AE


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What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy. It can help people who are experiencing a wide range of mental health difficulties. What people think can affect how they feel and how they behave. CBT helps to change how you think (cognitive) and examine what you do, what you say and how you act (behaviour).

Cognitive therapy uses techniques to help individuals explore thoughts, beliefs and interpretations. Cognitive therapists use a style of questioning to explore unhelpful beliefs and negative thoughts that you may have about yourself, others and situations. This is called ‘guided discovery’ and involves examining thoughts in order to think differently and act in a more balanced way.

The behavioural component refers to the way in which people respond when distressed. Responses such as avoidance, reduced activity and unhelpful behaviours can act to keep the problems going or worsen how the person feels. The aim is to help individuals feel safe enough to gradually test out their assumptions and fears and change their behaviours. For example this might include helping people to gradually face feared or avoided situations as a means to reducing anxiety and learning new behavioural skills to tackle problems.

Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy focuses usually on difficulties in the here and now. Many studies reveal that CBT is more effective than medication alone for the treatment of depression and anxiety. CBT is structured and problem focused and is usually a time-limited therapy which explores goals and strategies.

Cognitive-Behavioural psychotherapists work with individuals, families and groups. The approaches can be used to help anyone irrespective of ability, culture, race, gender or sexual preference.

FAQS

How long will each session last?

Each session will last for 50 minutes. Length of treatment does vary but in most cases a full treatment programme is usually between 6-20 sessions.

Are sessions confidential?

Therapy sessions are completely confidential.

How much do you charge?

I offer a sliding fee scale.

"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to reach my destination"
(James Dean).