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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT is practical, evidence based therapy that supports you to develop strategies, tools and techniques to tackle distressing feelings, thoughts and behaviours.

CBT is based on the idea that how we think affects our feelings, bodies and our behaviours. Sometimes the way we think about a situation or an event can become part of a cycle that might feel helpful in the short-term but keeps problems going in the long-run. We can find ourselves caught up in vicious cycles that are hard to escape. A CBT Therapist helps you identify with their way of thinking and break out of vicious cycles using practice and behavioural experiments in your everyday life.


Who do we see?

We’re here to help if you’re aged 18 and over and are experiencing difficulties with anxiety or depression. You also need to be registered with a GP in the Borough of Kensington & Chelsea or Borough of Westminster wards of Queens Park or Paddington.

How can we help?

We have a range of talking therapies and support ready to help you if you are feeling anxious, depressed, stressed or worried. When you have your first telephone assessment your therapist will discuss the options and identify the one most helpful for you.

What are the sessions like?

CBT is a short-term therapy and the appointments are usually weekly. We usually offer 6-8 weekly appointments. In the first appointment, you and the therapist will work on a clear picture of your current difficulties and how they might have developed. The two of you will identify specific goals that are important to you and you will work collaboratively to find ways of tackling them.

In CBT, sessions are active and structured. You and the therapist will agree on tasks for you to work on between the appointments – this means that the therapy is relevant to your everyday life. If you do not attend your appointments, they cannot be replaced. Your therapist can also offer you advice on other support options.

Can it help me?

NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) recommends that CBT be offered to you if you suffer with the following:

  • Depression and problems with depression
  • Panic
  • Health anxiety
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Trauma and social anxiety

Research indicates that CBT is as effective as medication for a broad range of problems.


Who provides CBT?

CBT is provided by therapists who are specially trained to deliver Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to individuals experiencing anxiety or depression. All are graduates from a range of professional backgrounds and have completed further postgraduates study. All therapists are accredited or eligible for accreditation with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or the British Psychological Society (BPS).