A Mindful CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) Based Approach

The counsellor is an Accredited Member of British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and offers an integrative approach which is grounded in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Mindfulness.

This type of counselling and psychotherapy is based on scientific principles with research showing that it can be very effective for a wide range of problems.

The collaborative way of working allows both the counsellor and client to work together to identify and understand thoughts, feelings and behaviours which can have an negative  impact on the client’s life.  They also explore but what coping skills the client has created to help get them through.

The work within sessions is monitored and evaluated with regular reviews of the work and goals for therapy both set out at the beginning of the work and as the work evolves.  The counsellor also accesses monthly supervision with a qualified supervisor to ensure best practice and also provides an opportunity for counsellor to seek support.  Whilst this supervision arrangement is useful, it is also a requirement of registration with the BACP.

Research has shown CBT counselling and therapy has been particularly effective for these particular types of problems:

  • Stress, Anxiety and Panic Attacks
  • Low Mood, Self Esteem and Depression
  • Phobias, Eating Disorders and OCD
  • Anger Issues and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Substance Misuse and Gambling Addiction

It can also help with other problems which can be discussed in more detail with the counsellor.

CBT is based on five key aspects which impact on each other to produce patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviours. When we experience distress, our patterns can maintain and exacerbate the problems we are experiencing, often keeping us stuck in the problems with no obvious way out.

The five key aspects are:

  • Cognitions (our style of thinking and beliefs)
  • Behaviour (what we do or avoid doing)
  • Physical (how our body reacts)
  • Emotions (how our mood is affected)
  • Environment (our world and relationships within this world)

Whilst self help materials can offer some basic understanding and raise awareness, it can be difficult to work out how to change things when we can revert back or get stuck in our old systems and ways of thinking and behaving, despite our wishes and best intentions to make changes.  A counsellor can not only offer support for change but can also voice different perspectives, reflect back what is being observed in the client, challenge old thinking and behaviour and help to put together a plan for moving forward.