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What is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)?

Traditional psychotherapy can take years however cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) is specific-goal oriented, with positive results often beginning rather quickly. CBT places emphasis on the role that thoughts play in regards to emotions and behaviours, stressing that altering your thoughts can have a profound effect on the young person.  CBT therapists work with children and their families to develop individualised treatment plans designed to help children to learn new problem solving skills while they increase their confidence and sense of self-esteem.

Restructuring Thoughts

Often, when children are anxious or depressed, they are flooded with self-directed messages of inadequacy and doubt. CBT strives to help kids reconsider their assumptions and helps them to see that if they change the way they view themselves and their environment, they can improve their condition

Therapists Provide Guidance

While CBT therapists provide information and encouragement to their patients and act as sounding boards for children’s input, the main responsibility for successful therapy lies with the patients themselves. Therapists can provide guidance, but consistent dedication to achieving the goals on the part of the patients and their families is what will ultimately determine the results. CBT therapists believe that you cannot merely “talk it out” and expect to see positive results, but must instead be willing to retrain the thought process and then put the new ideas into action.

What will Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) be like?

If this is your first time in therapy, you may be wondering what to expect. The first session will give you a chance to see if I’m the right therapist for you. The most important part of any therapy is the relationship we create, where you feel safe, listened to, and understood, all from a non-judgmental and unconditionally accepting place. Our first meeting will last about an hour in a room in Muswell Hill or near Wells Street in Hackney. During this time I can hear about what you’re finding difficult and we can think about what might be most helpful for you to work toward making things better. Sometimes I see children for just 2-3 more times on their own or with their families. On the whole, I see children 6-12 meetings and things tend to get better from then. With some children they can come for 20 times and others come for much longer.

Is Insurance is Accepted?

Yes, I am a recognised provider of most health insurance companies including AXA PPP, Aviva, WPA, Healix, Cigna, and VitalityHealth.

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