Psychotherapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Julie Colthorpe has over 30 years of experience as a psychologist working in both primary and secondary care. She has a Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy and is accredited with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy. It can help people who are experiencing a wide range of mental health difficulties. What people think can affect how they feel and how they behave and this is the basis of CBT. During times of metal distress, people often think very differently about themselves and what happens to them. These thoughts can become extreme and unhelpful. In turn this can cause a deterioration in how a person feels and they may well behave in a way that prolongs their distress.
As a CBT practitioner Julie can help each person identify and modify their extreme thinking and unhelpful behaviour. The result is often a major improvement in well being and life in general. 1 in 4 of us will have a difficulty related to depression or anxiety at some point in life, so the situation is far from uncommon. CBT is recognized as the treatment of choice by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) for most depression and anxiety related problems.
CBT can be helpful in the following situations;
- Depression (including post-natal depression)
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder (often known as excessive worry)
- Panic and Agoraphobia
- Specific phobias
- Social phobia
- Bulimia and binge eating
- Health Anxiety
- Self Esteem issues
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)