Cognitive Behavioural (CBT) Counselling in Birmingham

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Farishta Jalal
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Birmingham B16
Hello and welcome to my page. I am Farishta Jalal. I am an accredited Cognitive Behaviour Therapist having gained my Postgraduate Diploma in CBT at the University of Derby. I am also a qualified and experienced EMDR Therapist. I have experience of working with adults aged 16+, presenting with a wide range of psychological difficulties. Areas of expertise include: Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, OCD, social anxiety, low self-esteem, depression, Post-natal depression, and workplace stress. I have a particular interest in the area of psychological trauma including childhood sexual abuse, RTA, bullying, domestic violence, one-off traumas and complicated grief.
Hello and welcome to my page. I am Farishta Jalal. I am an accredited Cognitive Behaviour Therapist having gained my Postgraduate Diploma in CBT at the University of Derby. I am also a qualified and experienced EMDR Therapist. I have experience of working with adults aged 16+, presenting with a wide range of psychological difficulties. Areas of expertise include: Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, OCD, social anxiety, low self-esteem, depression, Post-natal depression, and workplace stress. I have a particular interest in the area of psychological trauma including childhood sexual abuse, RTA, bullying, domestic violence, one-off traumas and complicated grief.
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Maheen Syed
Psychotherapist, BACP
Verified Verified
Birmingham B17  (Online Only)
Through an integrative blend of therapy styles, including early childhood attachment, CBT and person-centredness, I collaborate with my clients to explore their stories, unravel their challenges, and cultivate resilience.
Whether you are grappling with identity confusion, anxiety, loss, grief, big or small changes in your life, navigating cultural transitions, or seeking to integrate your diverse experiences into a cohesive narrative, our therapeutic journey together will be a safe, non-judgmental space where you can explore, heal, and thrive.
Through an integrative blend of therapy styles, including early childhood attachment, CBT and person-centredness, I collaborate with my clients to explore their stories, unravel their challenges, and cultivate resilience.
Whether you are grappling with identity confusion, anxiety, loss, grief, big or small changes in your life, navigating cultural transitions, or seeking to integrate your diverse experiences into a cohesive narrative, our therapeutic journey together will be a safe, non-judgmental space where you can explore, heal, and thrive.
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Angela Watson
Counsellor
Verified Verified
Birmingham B12  (Online Only)
I am skilled in using a variety of therapeutic approaches, including cognitive-behavioral therapy and solution-focused therapy.
My Clinical specialities are: trauma, anxiety, depression, LGBTQ, self worth, stress, women’s issues, domestic abuse, addiction (drugs, alcohol) non-traditional relationships, mood disorders, relationship concerns (including friendships). I also specialize in workplace issues and challenges especially within the not-for-profit sector.
I am skilled in using a variety of therapeutic approaches, including cognitive-behavioral therapy and solution-focused therapy.
My Clinical specialities are: trauma, anxiety, depression, LGBTQ, self worth, stress, women’s issues, domestic abuse, addiction (drugs, alcohol) non-traditional relationships, mood disorders, relationship concerns (including friendships). I also specialize in workplace issues and challenges especially within the not-for-profit sector.
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Laura Babb
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Birmingham B30
Theories I work with include psychodynamic, humanistic, acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy, somatics, and neuroscience based approaches.
Thanks for being here. Whether you're starting therapy for the first time, or taking the next step along the path, reaching out takes courage and what ever your reasons for seeking therapy, I’m here to support you in a compassionate, affirming and safe way.
 I'm an integrative therapeutic counsellor and somatic therapist. My practice is driven by values embedded in social justice and equity. I am committed to decolonizing my practice and doing the ongoing work of becoming anti-racist. My practice is also LGBTQ+ affirming and disability affirming.
Theories I work with include psychodynamic, humanistic, acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy, somatics, and neuroscience based approaches.
Thanks for being here. Whether you're starting therapy for the first time, or taking the next step along the path, reaching out takes courage and what ever your reasons for seeking therapy, I’m here to support you in a compassionate, affirming and safe way.
 I'm an integrative therapeutic counsellor and somatic therapist. My practice is driven by values embedded in social justice and equity. I am committed to decolonizing my practice and doing the ongoing work of becoming anti-racist. My practice is also LGBTQ+ affirming and disability affirming.
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Samiyya Khan
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Birmingham B1
I have trained in a therapeutic approach known as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), which I use to provide assessment and treatment interventions for conditions like depressive disorders, other anxiety related disorders, self-esteem and body dysmorphia.
I have developed substantial knowledge and experience within the private sector of working at Priory Organisation. Now, I am venturing out to build my own practice at London, Harley Street. I have over 10 years in primary and secondary mental health within the adult sector. This was in the context of several services including forensic settings, CAMHS, eating disorder, personality disorder units, in-patient acute/PICU wards, rehabilitation units and neurological/brain injury units. In 2016, I began to deliver psychological therapy/CBT in various IAPT programmes.
I have trained in a therapeutic approach known as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), which I use to provide assessment and treatment interventions for conditions like depressive disorders, other anxiety related disorders, self-esteem and body dysmorphia.
I have developed substantial knowledge and experience within the private sector of working at Priory Organisation. Now, I am venturing out to build my own practice at London, Harley Street. I have over 10 years in primary and secondary mental health within the adult sector. This was in the context of several services including forensic settings, CAMHS, eating disorder, personality disorder units, in-patient acute/PICU wards, rehabilitation units and neurological/brain injury units. In 2016, I began to deliver psychological therapy/CBT in various IAPT programmes.
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Peter M Turner
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Birmingham B24  (Online Only)
Hello my name is Pete and I am an integrative Cognitive Behavioural and Person Centred therapist, with 9 years' experience in both of these forms of therapy. I also have a passion for helping people put their lives back together, which may be best described as life coaching. I'm aware people in need of this may not be in a position to pay the usual rates for Therapy and if that's you I urge you to contact me anyway, perhaps we can work something out. I am willing to work quite late if necessary though late slots are often in demand.
Hello my name is Pete and I am an integrative Cognitive Behavioural and Person Centred therapist, with 9 years' experience in both of these forms of therapy. I also have a passion for helping people put their lives back together, which may be best described as life coaching. I'm aware people in need of this may not be in a position to pay the usual rates for Therapy and if that's you I urge you to contact me anyway, perhaps we can work something out. I am willing to work quite late if necessary though late slots are often in demand.
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Birmingham Solihull Therapy
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Birmingham B28
Not accepting new clients
I'm a BABCP accredited CBT therapist.
If anxiety is getting in the way of you living your life the way you want to, we can work together to change that. Anxiety can creep up on us and there doesn't need to have been a big trigger for it to have a real impact on our lives. I work with people to overcome a range of anxiety based difficulties and have a particular interest in supporting people with OCD, phobias and panic attacks. Cognitive behavioural therapy can help you understand your anxiety, become less fearful of it and find ways to tackle it. Therapy can also help you to recognise what you are already doing that is helpful - there is always more than you think!
I'm a BABCP accredited CBT therapist.
If anxiety is getting in the way of you living your life the way you want to, we can work together to change that. Anxiety can creep up on us and there doesn't need to have been a big trigger for it to have a real impact on our lives. I work with people to overcome a range of anxiety based difficulties and have a particular interest in supporting people with OCD, phobias and panic attacks. Cognitive behavioural therapy can help you understand your anxiety, become less fearful of it and find ways to tackle it. Therapy can also help you to recognise what you are already doing that is helpful - there is always more than you think!
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MindCalm Ltd
Psychotherapist, MRes, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Birmingham B16
I offer Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and EMDR.
I commonly work with clients with symptoms of PTSD and/or Eating Disorders. I also work with people with other anxiety disorders and depression. People accessing my support are often looking to come to terms with traumatic events, or may be looking to overcome issues they face with eating such as restricted eating, fear of weight gain or over eating. It may also be that clients are looking for more general stress management, worry management or to address a specific phobia. Overall, however, people are often accessing therapy to achieve a particular set of goals so that they can function better and be happier in themselves.
I offer Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and EMDR.
I commonly work with clients with symptoms of PTSD and/or Eating Disorders. I also work with people with other anxiety disorders and depression. People accessing my support are often looking to come to terms with traumatic events, or may be looking to overcome issues they face with eating such as restricted eating, fear of weight gain or over eating. It may also be that clients are looking for more general stress management, worry management or to address a specific phobia. Overall, however, people are often accessing therapy to achieve a particular set of goals so that they can function better and be happier in themselves.
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Hamed Rehman CBT Ltd
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Birmingham B36
I am an experienced CBT therapist with 8 plus years of experience in both private practise and NHS. I work with a range of disorders using CBT techniques, including PTSD (complex also), Depression, Anxiety disorders such as OCD Social Anxiety, Health Anxiety, Worry and Specific Phobias. Additionally I have a special interest in working with people from BAME communities, to provide culturally sensitive therapy and overcome the stigma in the communities in regards to mental health.
I am an experienced CBT therapist with 8 plus years of experience in both private practise and NHS. I work with a range of disorders using CBT techniques, including PTSD (complex also), Depression, Anxiety disorders such as OCD Social Anxiety, Health Anxiety, Worry and Specific Phobias. Additionally I have a special interest in working with people from BAME communities, to provide culturally sensitive therapy and overcome the stigma in the communities in regards to mental health.
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Ange Nzeyimana
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Birmingham B1
With accreditation from BABCP as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and a background in Psychiatric Nursing, I am deeply committed to your individual well-being.
Welcome to Quiet Time Therapy. My name is Ange, the Founder and CEO, and I am honoured to guide you through this journey. At Quiet Time Therapy, we are dedicated to redefining the therapy experience by providing exclusive, tailored support for millennials and Gen Z individuals. Our commitment to a higher standard of care and evidence-based practice ensures clients receive professional, compassionate guidance on their mental health journey. We strive to create a safe and soft environment where clients feel valued and empowered to achieve their well-being and growth.
With accreditation from BABCP as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and a background in Psychiatric Nursing, I am deeply committed to your individual well-being.
Welcome to Quiet Time Therapy. My name is Ange, the Founder and CEO, and I am honoured to guide you through this journey. At Quiet Time Therapy, we are dedicated to redefining the therapy experience by providing exclusive, tailored support for millennials and Gen Z individuals. Our commitment to a higher standard of care and evidence-based practice ensures clients receive professional, compassionate guidance on their mental health journey. We strive to create a safe and soft environment where clients feel valued and empowered to achieve their well-being and growth.
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sctherapyandwellbeing
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Birmingham B18  (Online Only)
Hi I am Sheena. As an experienced Counsellor and Psychotherapist, I offer various therapeutic approaches to support you with the difficulties that you may be experiencing. The therapeutic approaches that I offer are short and long-term Integrative Counselling, CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), CFT (Compassion Focused Therapy) and EMDR (Eye Movement and Desensitisation Reprocessing). I have Accredited status with BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) and BABCP (British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies).
Hi I am Sheena. As an experienced Counsellor and Psychotherapist, I offer various therapeutic approaches to support you with the difficulties that you may be experiencing. The therapeutic approaches that I offer are short and long-term Integrative Counselling, CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), CFT (Compassion Focused Therapy) and EMDR (Eye Movement and Desensitisation Reprocessing). I have Accredited status with BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) and BABCP (British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies).
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Suki Yip
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Birmingham B13
I also have a Specialist Diploma in CBT and a Diploma in clinical Supervision.
Hello my name is Suki and welcome to my page. I am an accredited member of the BACP and abide by their ethical framework. I offer a safe, confidential and non-judgmental counselling service dedicated to helping those who are experiencing challenging and difficult times in their lives. I will create a safe space to explore whatever it is that's concerning you and help you to cope and resolve whatever is causing you distress. My aim is to help you feel validated and heard as I believe all feelings are valid and important to you. I believe there is a solution to every problem and together we can work on finding a positive way forward.
I also have a Specialist Diploma in CBT and a Diploma in clinical Supervision.
Hello my name is Suki and welcome to my page. I am an accredited member of the BACP and abide by their ethical framework. I offer a safe, confidential and non-judgmental counselling service dedicated to helping those who are experiencing challenging and difficult times in their lives. I will create a safe space to explore whatever it is that's concerning you and help you to cope and resolve whatever is causing you distress. My aim is to help you feel validated and heard as I believe all feelings are valid and important to you. I believe there is a solution to every problem and together we can work on finding a positive way forward.
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Michael Swift
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Birmingham B18
Throughout my career, I have received ongoing and advanced training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Health Psychology which allows me to provide an individual and effective treatment.
Hi, I'm Mike! I value authenticity and transparency in the therapy room. I became a therapist to empower you to make positive and lasting change. I'll be honest, I won't have all the answers, but I'm never afraid to accompany you on the journey to find them. In my practice, I am a compassionate and knowledgeable integrative psychotherapist who has worked in health care organizations for over 10 years. I mainly specialize in the use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and third wave therapy approaches for a range of mental health difficulties including anxiety, depression, specific phobias, OCD and health anxiety.
Throughout my career, I have received ongoing and advanced training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Health Psychology which allows me to provide an individual and effective treatment.
Hi, I'm Mike! I value authenticity and transparency in the therapy room. I became a therapist to empower you to make positive and lasting change. I'll be honest, I won't have all the answers, but I'm never afraid to accompany you on the journey to find them. In my practice, I am a compassionate and knowledgeable integrative psychotherapist who has worked in health care organizations for over 10 years. I mainly specialize in the use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and third wave therapy approaches for a range of mental health difficulties including anxiety, depression, specific phobias, OCD and health anxiety.
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Rajnish Kaur Virk
Verified Verified
Birmingham B32
My online CBT therapy sessions are designed to help you overcome anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues triggered by various life events.
Are you struggling with anxiety, health concerns, or stress in these challenging times? If you're looking for a way to better manage your mental health and overall wellbeing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) might be the solution you need. I'm Rajnish Virk, an experienced CBT therapist with over 15 years of experience in the NHS, and I'm here to help you navigate through these difficult emotions. “Not quite ready for one-on-one therapy, or looking for a more cost-effective option? Discover my exclusive 4-week anxiety management program.
My online CBT therapy sessions are designed to help you overcome anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues triggered by various life events.
Are you struggling with anxiety, health concerns, or stress in these challenging times? If you're looking for a way to better manage your mental health and overall wellbeing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) might be the solution you need. I'm Rajnish Virk, an experienced CBT therapist with over 15 years of experience in the NHS, and I'm here to help you navigate through these difficult emotions. “Not quite ready for one-on-one therapy, or looking for a more cost-effective option? Discover my exclusive 4-week anxiety management program.
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Elizabeth Doggart Associates Ltd
Psychotherapist, PsychD, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Birmingham B17
EDA Associates are a team of highly experienced Counsellors and Psychotherapists providing a range of therapies to help with Anxiety, Depression, OCD, Low Self Esteem and all Trauma based issues including PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Our therapists are qualified in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), EMDR (Eye Movement Desenistisation and Reprocessing) and Integrative Counselling. We work with Adults, Children and Adolescents. We see clients who self refer, as well as those who may have insurance such as BUPA or Aviva. We are always happy to discuss your counselling needs prior to your making an appointment.
EDA Associates are a team of highly experienced Counsellors and Psychotherapists providing a range of therapies to help with Anxiety, Depression, OCD, Low Self Esteem and all Trauma based issues including PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Our therapists are qualified in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), EMDR (Eye Movement Desenistisation and Reprocessing) and Integrative Counselling. We work with Adults, Children and Adolescents. We see clients who self refer, as well as those who may have insurance such as BUPA or Aviva. We are always happy to discuss your counselling needs prior to your making an appointment.
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Sian Allen
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Forensic Psych.
Verified Verified
Birmingham B30
As a highly trained, experienced psychologist, I use an integrative approach and am trained and experienced in CBT, EMDR, DBT, ACT, and MBT.
I am Dr Siân Allen, a Forensic Psychologist with over 18 years of experience working with adults and adolescents with moderate and complex mental health and emotional difficulties, including trauma, working alongside them to reduce their experience of distress and to promote mental wellbeing. I have significant experience working with people who are neurodivergent. I firmly believe that everyone deserves to live a life worth living and I work collaboratively and flexibly with people to help them to make sense of their experiences and to find a manageable way forward in line with their values.
As a highly trained, experienced psychologist, I use an integrative approach and am trained and experienced in CBT, EMDR, DBT, ACT, and MBT.
I am Dr Siân Allen, a Forensic Psychologist with over 18 years of experience working with adults and adolescents with moderate and complex mental health and emotional difficulties, including trauma, working alongside them to reduce their experience of distress and to promote mental wellbeing. I have significant experience working with people who are neurodivergent. I firmly believe that everyone deserves to live a life worth living and I work collaboratively and flexibly with people to help them to make sense of their experiences and to find a manageable way forward in line with their values.
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Raj Bassi
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Birmingham B15
I am an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) and have completed a degree in Psychology and primarily practice cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). I have over ten years experience of working within a range of NHS mental health services in London and the West Midlands in treating depression, anxiety disorders and trauma in adults and children by way of delivering effective treatment and providing evidence-based procedures.
I am an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) and have completed a degree in Psychology and primarily practice cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). I have over ten years experience of working within a range of NHS mental health services in London and the West Midlands in treating depression, anxiety disorders and trauma in adults and children by way of delivering effective treatment and providing evidence-based procedures.
0121 809 6158 View 0121 809 6158
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Amanda Garnett
Psychotherapist, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Birmingham B14
Welcome, my name is Amanda and I am a fully qualified integrative psychotherapist/counsellor. I work with individual adults offering an empathetic space for you to explore and make sense of your challenges, supporting you in feeling understood without judgements or expectations. As an integrative therapist I use a range of therapies such as person-centered, CBT, and psychodynamic. I will work together with you to tailor our approach to therapy that sees you for the unique individual that you are, helping you to create meaningful and lasting change.
Welcome, my name is Amanda and I am a fully qualified integrative psychotherapist/counsellor. I work with individual adults offering an empathetic space for you to explore and make sense of your challenges, supporting you in feeling understood without judgements or expectations. As an integrative therapist I use a range of therapies such as person-centered, CBT, and psychodynamic. I will work together with you to tailor our approach to therapy that sees you for the unique individual that you are, helping you to create meaningful and lasting change.
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Michelle Kelly
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Birmingham B18
I am a qualified counsellor with a BACP Accredited qualification working to the BACP Ethical framework. My counselling is underpinned with qualifications in Health & Social Care, Children & Young People, Gangs, Anger Management, Criminal Psychology and a Bsc in Adult Mental Health Nursing. I am trained Integratively but apply focus on CBT, Motivational Interviewing techniques and Humanistic Approaches. Supporting a variety of needs to help enhance the quality of life of those I support to help build resilience. I am a member of the BACP Accredited register and Accredited register for The Foundation for Infant loss.
I am a qualified counsellor with a BACP Accredited qualification working to the BACP Ethical framework. My counselling is underpinned with qualifications in Health & Social Care, Children & Young People, Gangs, Anger Management, Criminal Psychology and a Bsc in Adult Mental Health Nursing. I am trained Integratively but apply focus on CBT, Motivational Interviewing techniques and Humanistic Approaches. Supporting a variety of needs to help enhance the quality of life of those I support to help build resilience. I am a member of the BACP Accredited register and Accredited register for The Foundation for Infant loss.
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Balwinder Hunjan
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Birmingham B15
I use various approaches such as CBT, Psychodynamic, Gestalt, Psychodynamic or Person Centred.
Are you feeling anxious, depressed or stressed? Do you feel that nobody understands? What or how do you change things? I am a fully qualified Integrative Counsellor/ Psychotherapist. I work with clients from various cross-sections of the community and with a varied age group. I am culturally sensitive and understand the needs and expectations of different cultural groups. I provide a safe, confidential and empathic environment for you to discuss issues which may be affecting you. I have considerable experience working with individuals diagnosed with personality disorders, depression, anxiety and relationship issues.
I use various approaches such as CBT, Psychodynamic, Gestalt, Psychodynamic or Person Centred.
Are you feeling anxious, depressed or stressed? Do you feel that nobody understands? What or how do you change things? I am a fully qualified Integrative Counsellor/ Psychotherapist. I work with clients from various cross-sections of the community and with a varied age group. I am culturally sensitive and understand the needs and expectations of different cultural groups. I provide a safe, confidential and empathic environment for you to discuss issues which may be affecting you. I have considerable experience working with individuals diagnosed with personality disorders, depression, anxiety and relationship issues.
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Cognitive Behavioural (CBT) Counsellors

How does cognitive behavioural therapy work?

Cognitive behavioural therapy works by exploring how your thoughts affect your emotions and experiences. CBT helps you identify distortions in your thinking. For example, you may tend to jump to the worst case scenario catastrophising or think in extremes (all-or-nothing thinking). A therapist can teach you how to push back against those thoughts to ultimately change your feelings and behavior for the better. They can also provide coping skills to better deal with stressors and challenges.

When do I know to seek treatment with cognitive behavioural therapy?

It’s reasonable to consider cognitive behavioural therapy if you struggle to manage difficult emotions or behaviors to such an extent that you are not getting the most out of life on a day-to-day basis. If you want a shorter term, concrete, skills-based approach, CBT is a great option. (By contrast, other types of therapy may devote more time to exploring your past and its effects.) The decision to seek CBT also depends on the condition you’re treating; CBT is an effective treatment for anxiety, depression, trauma, and many other disorders.

How can I find a cognitive behavioural therapist for someone else?

To find a cognitive behavioural therapist for someone else, you may want to begin by discussing the person’s problem, researching cognitive behavioural therapy, and assessing whether the approach is the right fit. You could then reach out to a few cognitive behavioral therapists in this directory, explain the scenario, have a consultation with those available, and determine who could be a good match.

Why is CBT such a popular form of therapy?

CBT has become a popular form of therapy because it is effective and accessible. Robust research has demonstrated that CBT is an effective treatment for many mental health conditions. And CBT can be learned in relatively few sessions, which means that many people can engage in the process, afford it, and see results quickly. It involves learning concrete skills such as disputing unhelpful thoughts; these skills can also be taught and spread widely.