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What is CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)?

CBT is designed to help you feel better and function better. A therapist will aim to improve your feelings of anxiety or low mood by working with your thoughts (cognitions) and your behaviour, hence the term CBT.

The cognitive part relates to our thoughts. Certain ways of thinking can trigger or worsen problems, such as depression and anxiety-related disorders, including GAD (Generalised Anxiety Disorder), OCD (Obsessive compulsive disorder), PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), panic attacks, specific phobias, health anxiety and social anxiety They may also contribute to physical problems. The therapist will help you to understand your current thought patterns (including mental images, beliefs and attitudes) and identify unhelpful, harmful or mistaken ideas or thoughts that can trigger your problems or make them worse. One technique is to consider alternative thoughts which may be more realistic and helpful.

The behavioural part involves trying out doing things differently. Some behaviours can worsen negative feelings and negative thoughts and can result in mental and physical symptoms and health problems. Often, trying out different behaviours can be frightening at first and clients often need support in understanding the value of taking certain steps and then actually trying them out.

CBT involves mixing the two together, because they strongly influence each other. The emphasis will depend on the condition which needs treating. How you feel and how your body is affected are central considerations.

  • CBT therapy sessions normally last about an hour, usually once a week for 6 to 15 weeks or more depending on the condition. It generally requires some sort of work to be done by the client between sessions.
  • Although CBT should incorporate all the elements of respect and careful understanding of your problems, including how they might have come about, it doesn’t tend to dwell on the past, but focuses on what you can do in the present to improve your life.
  • CBT can be used to help with most psychological problems and may be helpful in dealing with physical problems.
  • CBT
  • Psychological Therapies
  • Coaching
  • Personal Development

What is Coaching?

Coaching in this sense, involves the use of various psychological approaches to help the client appreciate his or her potential and find ways of moving towards that potential.

It usually takes into account considerations relating to achievement, enjoyment, learning and a sense of meaning. It can address issues relating to work, home, relationships, physical fitness and functioning and other aspects of peoples life.
It aims to increase awareness, improve self-belief, expand the appreciation of possible options, tackle motivational issues and address the blocks and interferences which might be standing in the way.
Sessions are often less frequent, fewer in number although each session may last a little longer.

What is Cognitive Behavioural Coaching?

CBC is coaching as defined above and therefore goal orientated.

It uses Cognitive Behavioural principles as outlined above to help people achieve what they want in life. Clients may have anxiety or low mood which may need to be taken into account. The focus however, is not on improving certain conditions (which I would expect to happen anyway). It is a coaching approach to help clients move forwards regardless of where they are starting from.

What is Integrative Coach-Therapy?

This is where elements of CBT, Counselling and Coaching are woven together to produce a tailored mix of interventions for the client.

The discussion can slant towards CBT, counselling or coaching, depending on the clients needs. They can include all three at different stages of the course.


I don’t want my charges to block anyone from coming forward. So if you would have difficulty paying the full amount, please discuss it with me.

My charge for private clients is based on £70 per session which would normally be between one and one and a quarter hours.