Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT will be good for you if you would like to be supported with understanding and changing problematic ways you think, feel and act. It is very much a therapy about 'doing' as well as 'talking'. It has excellent scientific evidence for its effectiveness. 80% of clients I see report significant or complete improvement within 8-12 sessions.
I offer the standard format of weekly 55 minute sessions, but can also vary the session length. Longer sessions can be good if you have a specific problem you want to overcome, don’t want to take time off work, and would like to see results quickly. I offer this type of therapy on a Saturday, and it could help you make significant progress on a problem that has been troubling you for a long time within just one month.
The most accelerated version of this I offer involves 3-hour sessions (with breaks!). It has been shown to achieve just as good results as the standard offering of 12 weekly sessions for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Health Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Phobias (this last one can sometimes be treated in even a single longer session).
Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT)
CFT will be good for you if struggle with feelings of shame, inadequacy, self-criticism or generally just not being able to engage with life fully.
This is a form of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), focusing on developing your ability to be kinder to, and less critical of, yourself. It is based on theory and scientific research from different branches of psychology. If you have had CBT before and found that it made sense but did not always help you ‘feel’ differently (even if it helped you ‘think’ about things differently), CFT can provide the missing element to help you move forward.
Sessions last 55 minutes. I offer evening and weekend appointments.
Videos show the key UK developer of CFT, Professor Paul Gilbert OBE, talking about some of the difficulties it can help with (skip to 00:29 for the interview), and Dr Kristin Neff, an American expert on CFT, discussing some of the scientific findings supporting the approach (skip to 09:59 for the science part).
Contact me to arrange a free telephone consultation or to arrange an appointment. I will be happy to answer any questions about what either therapeutic approach might involve, or which one might be able to help you.