There are many different and helpful approaches to therapy which can successfully treat depression, anxiety, self-esteem, grieving and other difficulties.  Some approaches to treatment are evidenced to work more effectively than others for different types of problems and some lack a scientific evidence base.  However, this is not to say that these approaches are not helpful.  You can look up NICE guidance online for recommended treatments, specific to presenting problems or below are various treatment approaches Plymouth Psychology and Counselling Services offer.

About Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that works with a wide variety of difficulties.  CBT is a practical, focused therapy used to relieve symptoms by working closely with individuals to develop a clear formulation (understanding) of difficulties.  CBT understands problems in terms of the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviour, develops personalised goals and coping strategies that can help change unhelpful thinking styles or patterns of behaviour.  Practice exercises form is an important part of therapy.  Exercises are agreed, to practice in between sessions so that the clients can continue to work on their difficulties themselves.  CBT effectiveness has a good evidence base.

Typically, sessions last 60 minutes and the amount of sessions can range anywhere between 1 – 20 sessions depending on a person’s difficulties.

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