CBT Therapist, Central London

Kim Fisher - BA Hons, MA Psych, CBT Dip, BABCP & UKCP Accred.

I am an accredited cognitive behavioural psychotherapist, working in central London. My clinical practice is confidential, compassionate & collaborative. I meet clients where they are at, supporting them to where they want to be, via working together towards achievable clinical goals.

I ssues I work with: Anxiety, Panic attacks, OCD, Fear of flying, Stress, Sleep issues, Depression, Binge eating, Alcohol misuse, Anger & resentment, Self confidence & Relationship issues.

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What Exactly Is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or CBT as it is widely referred to, is a form of talking treatment that can help you gain an insight into how your beliefs, attitude and thoughts can affect how you feel and behave.

As the name suggests, CBT is a combination of two different forms of therapy: cognitive and behavioural. Cognitive Therapy looks into the way we think about things, whereas Behavioural Therapy examines why we do the things we do. Combining these two ways of looking at our lives can help to teach us how to better deal with a range of problems that we may be experiencing.

Does it work?

CBT has one of the strongest evidence-bases for effectiveness of all the models of psychotherapy and is recommended by NICE (National Institute of Health and Care Excellence) for a whole range of difficulties.

Like all therapies, they work best for you if the thinking behind them makes sense and, above all, if you like and trust the therapist that you work with. I see patients from many parts of London and an overview of cognitive behavioural therapy is always useful as we begin working together.

How does CBT work?

As we have already touched upon, CBT looks at the way we interpret different situations and how these interpretations can affect the way we act, feel and behave. If you look upon a certain scenario with a negative outlook, you may feel negative emotions as a by-product of that way of thinking. These emotions can then go on to change the way we behave, and so it goes on.

For many people these negative thoughts remain unchallenged. This can lead to further negative thoughts, which ultimately form a cycle of negativity and problems that becomes very difficult to break. CBT therapists aim to address these thoughts processes by first identifying them in the first instance and then changing the way we feel about a given scenario.

In your sessions together your cognitive behavioural therapist will assist you in pinpointing any negative thought patterns that you may be having and work with you to see things from a different perspective. This will then allow you to feel differently about things and give you the strength needed to change what can often be deep-seated behaviour.

By learning to stop the seemingly never-ending cycle of negative thoughts, you can start to see things in a more positive light and adjust your behaviour accordingly. Who is CBT for? Despite many misconceptions about the therapy it is a surprisingly versatile and effective way of dealing with numerous different issues or psychological disorders that a person may face throughout the course of their life. These include:

  • Depression
  • Phobias
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Addictive behaviour
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Relationship issues
  • Anger
  • Life-issues whether historical or current
  • Making changes in behaviour or how you approach aspects of your life, career, family or relationships

As you can see, that’s a pretty broad spectrum, and CBT therapists can even help you come to terms with more physical issues too such as chronic pain or long-term illness.

Does this therapy involve medication?

Like all other forms of talking therapy, such as counselling, CBT does not require medication for it to be successful. However, depending upon your individual circumstances, your GP may prescribe medication to address specific issues.

Many people who work with the CBT model feel that it works just as well for them as medication for problems such as depression and anxiety, but your GP may feel that a combination of the two will give you the greatest benefits.

Is it the right course of action for me?

CBT has helped huge numbers of people in London and across the globe and there’s a great chance that it could help you too. However, as we all know, everyone is different and what works for one person may not necessarily work for another. It's often helpful to have an initial discussion, and perhaps an assessment session, and then decide whether this is a useful option for you at this stage

Please call Kim on 07788 776 012 for cognitive behavioural therapy in London. Sessions are available 8am - 9pm, Monday - Friday.

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