We provide specialist Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – CBT from our
Sevenoaks clinic and online by video link. We support individuals with anxiety conditions and mood disorders and couples experiencing relationship problems. The published research shows that CBT
can be effectively delivered on a face-to-face basis or by video link without
any reduction in quality or clinical outcomes.
To organise a brief confidential call with a member of our
Sevenoaks CBT team, email
What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - CBT is a highly structured and practical form of psychotherapy with a strong scientific origin and an extensive clinical evidence base stretching back to the 1950s. Unlike other forms of therapy and general counselling, CBT is a solution focused therapy that builds on personal insight with tangible change and improvement. In addition to the scientific research and it’s clear focus on clinical methodology, CBT has philosophical origins routed in the stoical tradition. This encourages us to acknowledge and validate our pain and difficulty, whilst focusing on personal changes that can help us to live a purposeful and fulfilling life.
CBT therefore combines a highly structured and scientifically derived clinical model with a philosophically oriented approach to experiencing meaning and purpose in the face of life’s struggles. This approach has been applied to a wide range of psychological problems including anxiety, depression, insomnia, OCD, PTSD, personality disorders and problems with low self-esteem.
How Does CBT Work?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy works on the psychological connections between thoughts, behaviours, emotions and physiological sensations. CBT is also underpinned by neuroscientific research demonstrating how the “hard-wired” connections between neural networks, patterns of cognition and behaviour, directly influence our emotional and physiological state. Where these patterns become engrained and maladaptive, this directly leads to clinical problems including anxiety conditions, mood disorders and personality disorder traits. The basic premise behind Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is that we can profoundly change emotional distress and physiological reactions by altering the content or patterns of negative thoughts and behaviours. Changes in cognitive and behavioural patterns have been found to directly alleviate conditions including eating disorders, generalised anxiety disorder, health anxiety, OCD, trauma, social phobia and personality disorders.
There has been a wealth of clinically validated research over the last 60 years demonstrating that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is highly effective in the treatment of a wide range of psychological conditions. CBT is recommended by the Department of Health, Royal College of Psychiatry, Royal College of General Practitioners, British Psychological Society and the UK Council for Psychotherapy. If you want to book a CBT appointment in Sevenoaks Kent, or organise online sessions via video link, contact
Although Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is frequently viewed as a single approach, CBT is actually an umbrella term used to cover a number of related therapeutic modalities. These approaches share common processes involved with altering thought patterns and behaviours and include:
Skilled Cognitive Behavioural Therapists combine these different modalities to identify the most effective approach for their clients. This takes experience and a high level of training, as well as an innovative and creative approach to treatment planning and therapy. There are also a number of “condition specific” CBT treatment protocols which combine Cognitive and Behavioural approaches to support rapid and sustainable recovery. These condition specific CBT protocols have been extensively tested and the clinical research demonstrates that they work when delivered by a properly qualified and experienced CBT psychotherapist.
CBT is used to work on deeply rooted problems relating to earlier life experiences, to presentations that have developed in later life and to traumatic events that cause high levels of personal distress. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is the recommended treatment of choice for a wide range of anxiety conditions, mood disorders, personality disorders and relationship problems. This includes:
CBT is not yet regulated on a statutory basis in the UK. This
means that There are therapists and counsellors offering CBT in Sevenoaks Kent and
online without the recognised qualifications and clinical experience. We often
see clients who have previously been offered substandard CBT by therapists or
counsellors without the required clinical credentials and experience.
Before booking CBT, check that your therapist is properly
qualified and professionally accredited by the British Association of
Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy. BABCP accreditation status means that
your therapist has demonstrated the rigorous standards of technical competence,
therapeutic practice, professional development and clinical supervision.
To organise a CBT appointment in Sevenoaks Kent, or book online
sessions via video link, email