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Lightbulb in darkened room with glowing filaments to symbolise brain and thinking processesCognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (also known as CBT), is used to successfully treat conditions such as depression, anxiety disorders, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), pain management, and many other conditions that negatively affect someone’s quality of life.

CBT involves the psychologist and their patient identifying the negative thinking patterns, such as core assumptions and beliefs, that affect the patient’s wellbeing.

These negative thought processes have usually developed over a lengthy period of time, sometimes going back to childhood, and are frequently at the root of the patient’s current difficulties, even if this isn’t immediately obvious until the CBT work begins. Once uncovered, those core beliefs, for example ‘I am unlovable’, or ‘I am a bad person’, can then be addressed.

More appropriate or adaptive thinking patterns are learnt, as part of a process known as ‘cognitive restructuring’. During the treatment period, new thought patterns gradually become integrated into thinking, and the therapist and the patient work together to resolve the original problem by moving on from the original thinking patterns to the new ones.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is an evidenced-based form of treatment and is recommended in the NHS NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) Guidelines. It can be used with or without medication. CBT takes time to be effective, but it’s one of the most popular talking therapies in the UK.

CBT with Christine Tizzard Psychology in southern and south-eastern England

Christine Tizzard Psychology is a key provider of independent Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), covering various UK locations, including London, East and West Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire and Dorset. We accept referrals from rehabilitation managers, occupational health practitioners, solicitors, GPs and, of course, self-referrals.

Our team consists of consultant chartered psychologists who each have more than five years’ experience in senior practitioner posts. They all currently hold, or have held, senior positions within the NHS, where CBT has formed a major component of their clinical responsibility.

All are members of the both the British Psychological Society and the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and are required to complete continuous professional development in line with continuing registration.

Contact Christine Tizzard Psychology today to arrange a consultation for CBT.