About Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?
CBT is an evidence-based therapeutic approach. It helps you to articulate how you think about yourself, the world and other people, how what you do affects your cognitions (thoughts), emotions, mood, behaviours and feelings. In CBT we work on helping you to change how you think ('Cognitive') and what you do ('Behaviour'). These changes help you to feel better. Unlike some treatments, in CBT we focus on the present and address challenges and difficulties that you experience now. We look for ways to improve your state of mind. 

When does CBT help?
CBT has been shown to help with many different types of problems. These include: anxiety, depression, panic, phobias (including agoraphobia and social phobia), stress, bulimia, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder and psychosis. CBT may also help if you have difficulties with anger, a low opinion of yourself or physical health problems, like pain or fatigue. Please visit this page for a full list of conditions that I treat.

How effective is CBT?
CBT is one of the most effective treatments for conditions where anxiety or depression is the primary issue. Empirical research studies have consistently found that CBT is the most effective psychological treatment for moderate and severe depression. It is as effective as antidepressants for many types of depression. 

What if the symptoms come back?
There is always a risk that anxiety or depression will return. If they do, your CBT skills would make it easier for you to control them. So, it is important to keep practising your CBT skills, even after you are feeling better. There is some research that suggests CBT may be better than antidepressants at preventing depression coming back.

So what impact would CBT have on my life?
Depression and anxiety are unpleasant. They can seriously affect your relationships, ability to work, study and enjoy life. CBT will equip you with the skills to control the symptoms, deal with the underlying causes and change your life. 

Thank you for reading!

Paula Deshe

​Cognitive Behavioural Therapist


07725 733930