Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a psychological treatment that can help people who are experiencing psychological distress for a variety of reasons. At the heart of CBT is how we interpret events; with our thoughts and feelings powerfully influenced by the way we behave.
CBT aims to help you find a solution to the distress that you are experiencing. Using CBT, we can work together to help you understand your specific problems and symptoms in a way that makes meaningful sense for you. We can focus on changing unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaviour so that you can reduce your distress and move forward with your life.
CBT is about increasing your awareness to informed choices that are in your best interests. CBT is about looking at alternatives. CBT is about change.
CBT SOLUTIONS can provide an opportunity to think about an alternative way of living, one in which you can factor in compassion and balance and make choices to maximise your potential: to be happy, to be honest, to be daring, to be hopeful, to be all you can be, to be yourself. To be you and living your life to the full.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
What is CBT?
CBT is a highly effective talking therapy which looks at how your thoughts, feelings and behaviours impact each other and maintain difficulties.
CBT is an evidence-based treatment which is recommended by the NICE guidelines (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence which provides standards for the NHS) for a wide range of clinical conditions.
CBT is more directive than Counselling. We will look at ‘what you want’ out of therapy and structure the sessions to help you address these goals. This is often achieved by making changes to behaviours and thinking patterns which may be unhelpful to you.
It is a collaborative therapy which means we would work together to develop new understandings of your experiences and then develop ways to help you move forward. It is a problem-solving approach and you will learn specific skills that you can use for the rest of your life
The number of CBT sessions you require will depend on the type of difficulty you have. It is usually shorter-term (6 to 20 weekly sessions), depending on what feels right for you, with each therapy session lasting 50 minutes.
For further information about cognitive behavioural therapy please see – CBT Information Leaflet (Royal College of Psychiatrists).
Therapy can seem daunting and so it is important that you feel supported, respected, and comfortable. My practise is about being genuine, warm, and non-judgemental and where you feel that you can make an active contribution at any time.
Using CBT our focus will be on the ‘here and now’ and understanding how your current difficulties are maintained. If past events are causing distress we will address these (if it feels okay for you) to help us understand how the past is operating in the present. CBT is not just about treating your symptoms; it is about understanding and addressing the root cause of the problem.
The first 1-2 sessions are the assessment phase where we will talk about your problems and your goals for therapy. Brief questionnaires might be used as we start to build a picture of how your difficulties are impacting on your life.
CBT requires your investment during and between sessions, firstly as we understand how CBT makes sense of the difficulties you have and then by discussing whether there are other ways of looking at things. We will think about how you can try things out and then gradually test out these new ideas, by practicing new ways of thinking and behaving, in your everyday life. Your involvement and feedback will be hugely important. By putting what you have learned into practise and discussing your observations you will learn how to manage your difficulties in a different way. You will learn how to help yourself.
Towards the end of your sessions we will specifically review how things have gone and how you feel about ending therapy. We will also work out a relapse prevention plan to avoid problems becoming major difficulties again.
What Does CBT Help With?
- Depression – including hopelessness, low energy, lack of motivation, poor concentration, self-harm.
- Overthinking – including constant ruminating about the past, excessive ‘what if?’ worries about the future and re-occurring distressing thoughts.
- Anxiety and panic attacks.
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Low self-esteem and a lack of self confidence
- Social Anxiety
- Health Anxiety
- Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, IBS
Dr Lorraine Osborne
I am accredited with both the BABCP (British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies) and the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy). The BABCP is the lead organisation for the theory, practice, and development of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK. It signals the gold standard of expertise of a CBT Therapist and the CBT quality. Accreditation with the BABCP demonstrates that, as a CBT therapist, I have met the stringent criteria around qualifications and clinical experience. As a BABCP accredited CBT therapist I adhere to their ethical framework. My practice receives regular supervision and I am required to undertake ongoing training as a mandatory part of my continuing professional development.
I have worked as a therapist in Primary Care for over thirteen years; firstly, for MIND and then for the NHS prior to working in private practice. I work with adults and children (11+) with a range of mental health difficulties.
I have a background in scientific research and as a schoolteacher. I hold a PhD in Psychopharmacology, an MA in Integrative Counselling, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
I am here to help and look forward to hearing from you.
BABCP & BACP Accredited.
Registered provider for BUPA, AXA, AVIVA and Vitality Healthcare.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in Northumberland:
Tuesday & Wednesday 9.30am to 6pm
Psychological Therapies Associates. (See Map)
120 Gosforth High Street East
Thursday 9am to 5pm
Via Skype, Zoom, Face-Time or Telephone.
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Please contact me directly so that we can arrange a time for an initial assessment session.
You can decide then whether you would like to invest in a course of treatment targeted to your specific difficulties.
“I came to Lorraine after years of trying to cope with anxiety and depression on my own. I had previously done counselling elsewhere, but it hadn’t really had any lasting effect for my personal situation. I thought I could handle it all myself, but it was becoming clear that I couldn’t carry on the way I was.
At a very low point in my professional life I started CBT with Lorraine. She helped me figure out the what and why behind the causes of my mental health issues. Together we developed and practiced techniques that changed my beliefs and behaviours which had caused a lot of difficulty over the years. She was also a fantastic person to just talk to sometimes. I am a much healthier and more fulfilled person for my sessions with Lorraine. She truly made a lasting difference and I am very grateful for that.”
“I’m so glad that I found Lorraine when I did. This was the first therapy that I had ever had, and I was a little nervous, but I knew after the first session that I was in good hands. She is very friendly, and her approach is both relaxed and professional and in a short time we have been able to pick me up from a very low point and help me find my spark again. I would recommend her highly to anyone wanting expert therapy. Thank you, Lorraine! “
“I have recently finished my therapy with Lorraine, and it has truly been life changing. Lorraine was knowledgeable, kind and caring in her approach and made me feel at ease straight away. I have learnt so much from my therapy and have continued to use the things she has taught me day to day which has been really helpful. Prior to starting my therapy, I couldn’t have imagined being as happy, confident and capable as I am now. I honestly can’t recommend Lorraine enough! “
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