Appointments can be made at one of our clinics across South Wales.

Home visits can also be made available by request.

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

What is CBT?

CBT is a talking therapy. It has been proved to help treat a wide range of emotional and physical health conditions in adults, young people and children. CBT looks at how we think about a situation and how this affects the way we act. In turn our actions can affect how we think and feel.  It is most commonly used to treat anxiety and depression, but can be useful for other mental and physical health problems.

How does CBT work?

CBT is based on the concept that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected, and that negative thoughts and feelings can trap you in a vicious cycle. CBT aims to help you manage overwhelming problems in a more effective way by breaking them down into smaller parts. You’re shown how to change these negative patterns to improve the way you feel. Unlike some other talking treatments, CBT deals with your current problems, rather than focusing on issues from your past. It looks for practical ways to improve your state of mind on a daily basis.

Uses for CBT

CBT has been found to be an effective way of treating a number of different mental health conditions.

In addition to depression or anxiety disorders, CBT can also help people with:

  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Panic disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Phobias
  • Eating disorders – such as anorexia and bulimia
  • Sleep problems – such as insomnia
  • Problems related to alcohol misuse

CBT is also sometimes used to treat people with long-term health conditions, such as:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)

Although CBT can’t cure the physical symptoms of these conditions, it can help people cope better with their symptoms.

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CBT at Psychology Wales

Available therapists:

Dr Catherine Goodwin

Catherine is a Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years of experience working with individuals experiencing emotional distress.   Catherine has additional therapy training in CBT, DBT and EMDR.   She has held chartered status with the British Psychological Society since 2004, is on the register of supervisors and has current HCPC registration.  In addition to individual therapy Catherine has multiple experiences of providing training, consultancy, supervision and support to a range of health and social care professionals.  She is an accredited APT tutor writing and delivering training packages throughout the UK on mental health issues.

Carly Prankerd BSc (Hons), MSc (Hons)

Carly began working at Psychology Wales as an Assistant Psychologist in June 2015. Since then she has progressed to Senior Assistant Psychologist and is a trained MoodMaster Programme Leader. Carly also works with clients on a one-to-one basis as well as working with a range of organisations helping to enhance mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.

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We are able to accept self-referrals or referrals from healthcare professionals, we are also endorsed to provide treatment by all major health insurance companies.

Arranging Treatment & Finding Us:

To Schedule An Appointment – Please feel free to contact us online or by phone (07703 395041) in order to arrange an appointment and we will be happy to help.

We have a range of appointment times and we will try to be as flexible as possible with sessions we can offer you.

Appointments can be made at one of our clinics across South Wales; Newport, Pontypool, and Cardiff.

Home visits are available at request.

To book a consultation or make an enquiry please email info@psychologywales.co.uk

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