Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get rid of my anxiety?
This classic ‘Fight, Flight or Freeze’ response is really important when there is an ACTUAL threat, like being cornered by an aggressive dog. However, it is common for this adrenaline reaction to be triggered when it is not really necessary because we have become so good at looking for threat. Over time, this anxiety is going to build up and cause us distress unless we can establish some strategies to tame it.
Does CBT work?
This is a frequently asked question! In a nutshell, you reap what you sow. CBT work can be challenging. If you have been avoiding certain situations or emotions, this might be providing short -term relief from anxiety, but engaging in these situations again can be distressing and is easier with support from a therapist.
My job is to provide support for you whilst you do this. I work in a graded way so clients do not feel thrown in at the deep end.
If you can develop new, healthy behaviours and thinking, then you will start to feel better.
How many sessions will I need?
How effective is CBT for anxiety?
How can I treat anxiety at home?
- Reduce your intake of alcohol, nicotine and caffeine.
- Start regular exercising, if you don’t already. Even a daily, 10- minute walk will make a difference.
- Practise deep breathing techniques throughout the day. There are plenty of apps out there to help with this.
- If sleep is a problem, focus on establishing a routine. Try to go to bed at the same time every night and put away tablets, phones, laptops etc. at least two hours before bed. No text, email or internet shop is more important than getting a good night’s sleep!
What is Mindfulness?
What does it mean to be Compassion-Focused?
We can often be extremely self-critical and hard on ourselves, which is counterproductive. It is far more helpful to develop an understanding of why we respond the way we do in situations, so we can work towards changing our thoughts and behaviours and strengthening our positive mental health.