Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

What is CBT?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) sees problems as coming from beliefs and behaviour patterns which you have learnt during your life.

The basic idea in cognitive therapy is that our emotional reactions and behaviours are strongly influenced by our cognitions (thoughts, beliefs and interpretations) about ourselves, events that happen or situations in which we find ourselves. So our emotions are affected by our interpretation of events rather than events themselves. In behavioural therapy the idea is that our behaviour (what we do) is crucial to maintaining, or changing, our state of mind. CBT brings these types of therapy together.

How does it work?
Whilst it can be important to understand how problems have arisen, CBT tends to focus on the here-and-now and practical ways of changing your state of mind now. For example, initial sessions may focus on breaking negative circles of thoughts and behaviours that have been keeping a problem going.

Later we may also look at underlying beliefs that may have made you vulnerable to particular problems. Altering these beliefs can help to reduce the risk of having similar problems in the future.

What to expect in therapy
CBT is collaborative in that you and your therapist work together on whatever is troubling you. It is not a treatment that can be done to you, rather something you do, with the help of your therapist. It tends to involve working between sessions on tasks like keeping notes of what happens, practising particular skills or trying out new ways of tackling problems. During sessions we tend to look at issues in detail, for example, exploring negative thoughts or working out possible new skills.

I usually suggest six to eight sessions to give time to see whether this approach is working for you, but you are free to stop therapy at any time. Depending on your needs and goals, you may have more sessions.

What does it help with?
CBT has been well researched and is recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) as the treatment of choice for a wide range of difficulties including depression, anxiety, panic, obsessions and compulsions, trauma and many others. It has been found to be highly effective for a large number of people.

Dr Will Edwards

CBT Practitioner and Counsellor
I offer psychological therapy for personal development and a wide range of emotional and behavioural difficulties. Having had training in a number of therapeutic techniques and ideas enables me to consider a person’s difficulties from a number of perspectives and to offer therapy based not only on a person’s needs but also on current research evidence.

I have completed both undergraduate and masters qualifications in psychology at Oxford Brookes and Oxford Universities and a doctorate in psychology (PsychD in Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology) at the University of Surrey.I am registered with the Health Professions Council (the independent government appointed regulator of psychologists in the UK) and I am chartered by the British Psychological Society (BPS) which means you can expect high standards of psychological knowledge and expertise. It also means I am committed to high ethical standards of practice and professional development.

I work with clients using cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), psychodynamic psychotherapy and person-centred counselling. I have experience working within several NHS and public service counselling and psychotherapy services in Oxfordshire and London, working with individuals with a broad spectrum of difficulties. I now practise privately and have a special interest in adult mental health, particularly difficulties that can arise with life stage transitions.Typically an initial consultation will last for one hour and subsequent sessions will last for fifty minutes. At the end of the initial appointment I will share my initial understanding of your problem with you, and propose the therapeutic approach I believe to be an appropriate way forward. There will also be an opportunity for you to ask any questions or express any concerns you may have.
My fees are £70 for an initial meeting. Subsequent sessions are between £45 and £105 depending on the type of work we decide on together. Concessionary prices are available on a limited basis for students, trainee therapists and lower-income earners/unemployed.
Making the initial contact can feel quite daunting for many people. If you do not feel that you wish to speak to me at present, but have questions that you would like answered, then please email me. If you would like to speak to me, or would like to go ahead and arrange an initial meeting, please telephone.

If I am unable to take your call immediately, I may be with a client, so do leave a message on the answering machine and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Please be assured that all communication will be in the strictest confidence and should I need to leave a message for you, do be assured it will be discreet.

Call Wantage NTC on 01235 760079.
Mob: 07585 955 377
E-mail: oxford.psychologist@gmail.com