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Our Guide to Understanding Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Written by Mr Alexander Hedger for Doctify

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) helps you solve difficulties by exploring the patterns of how you think and behave in different situations that impact on your emotions.

A key idea behind CBT is that it is our perceptions of events (so basically how we see them, not necessarily others) that can affect how we deal with them and how we ultimately feel.

Alexander Hedger has significant experience in using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to work with clients experiencing a wide range of difficulties. As well as being an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist Alex has managed a number of healthcare teams and also worked within the academic field.

Doctify managed to catch up with Alex and listened as he explained what CBT is all about.

CBT Explained

“CBT is a very goal focused psychotherapy and is guided by the outcomes that you want to achieve. Typically, the first appointment is an initial assessment that gives you the opportunity to explain the problems you are facing to your therapist and also gives them the opportunity to understand your hopes for a treatment process.

During this session they will ask you questions designed to help explore your current situation and any relevant experiences from your past.  At the end of the session your therapist will be able to give you a summary of the session and recommendations for effective treatment – together with an estimation of the number of sessions that are likely to be helpful to you.  Often this is within a range of 8-14 sessions, but can vary depending on your own situation.”



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