Maria is a psychologist and a member of the British Psychological Society, and is also a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT). With 15 years’ experience of working in adult mental health, she is currently studying for a PhD in youth mental health and specialises in anxiety and eating disorders. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is an established form of counselling/psychotherapy which aims to help the client to identify unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaviour, and discover new more helpful ones. CBT is a well researched area of therapy and has been evaluated by the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) as an effective form of treatment for specific problem areas experienced by clients.
At the start of CBT, an assessment session is usually held as a first step to explore whether the approach may be helpful to you and how you feel about the working involved. Subsequent sessions will be contracted (some people require only 1 or a few sessions, others require anything between 6 and 24 sessions depending on the nature of their problems) and usually last for 50 minutes during which you would meet and discuss the issues you are facing.