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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a psychological talking therapy that is time limited, problem and goal focussed. It is based on the idea that it is not the events that make us depressed or anxious, but the way we think about them. CBT helps us become more aware of thinking patterns and behaviours which impact on our feelings and helps us to make changes to best cope in the longer term. One of the main aims of CBT which is based on the self-help model is to help you become your own therapist to empower you in dealing with psychological difficulties that you may experience.

Having an assessment

In an assessment session, you will be encouraged to look at your presenting difficulties and develop goals as well as developing a shared understanding of your problems. A treatment plan will be developed collaboratively with you. The estimated number of sessions required together with a review date, should this be appropriate will be discussed at the assessment. The number of sessions required will depend on the severity of your condition.

The therapy session

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy sessions are structured and involve setting an agenda for the sessions to keep it focused summaries to check understanding and homework or tasks to help to facilitate changes. This may involve keeping records of thoughts or activities or it may involve doing things differently to observe the outcomes. At the end of each session there is an opportunity for feedback and to raise any difficulties.

For conditions such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME or Fibromyalgia it maybe that a multidisciplinary approach is beneficial for example including Graded Exercise Therapy The NICE guidelines for Depression published by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence include guidelines for those with a physical health condition, and outline evidence based treatment recommendations for different levels of depression. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is the suggested approach together with medication in more severe cases. It is important to seek help should you experience symptoms or think you may be depressed to enable you to access the help that you need to best cope with your long term condition.

As discussed earlier the aim of therapy is to make you your therapist and at the end of therapy you can expect to collaboratively develop a relapse prevention plan to help you deal with any on- going issues and dealing with set- backs. Set -backs are not necessarily a relapse and the skills you have learnt and developed in therapy will help you deal with them.

After completing therapy it is usual to have a few follow up sessions which will be offered at different intervals post therapy. Having sessions at different intervals are useful to help identify any areas of vulnerability and these sessions are useful to help strengthen your skills and deal with any issues that may still be a problem for you.

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