What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

CBT can help with depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, Eating Disorders, low self –esteem, childhood trauma and phobias. It may be necessary to explore childhood and adolescent experiences, however, the focus of the therapy will primarily be on the ‘here and now’ with an understanding of how childhood experiences may be affecting life now.

CBT aims to help the individual link their thoughts, feelings and behaviors and to establish any unhelpful thoughts and behaviors that may be keeping their problems going. CBT is a brief and goal focused therapy, which has a focus on tasks in-between sessions so that the individual can learn new more helpful behaviors, which will improve mood. Tasks in-between sessions, are likely to involve facing fears to test out their beliefs and predictions in certain situations.

The work in-between sessions will be decided in the session in a collaborative manner applying the rule that behavior change can take place in a small (or specific) and measurable way and the client will decide what behavior changes are achievable and realistic to them.  The role that thinking has is fundamental as thoughts often maintaining symptoms. In a collaborative manner the client can learn new more adaptive ways of thinking about themselves, the world, and others, which will serve to lessen their distress and enhance their emotional well-being. CBT aims to provide clients with a set of tools or skills that they can apply to many problem situations and/or events in their life.


Teresa Hales
I am a qualified and accredited psychodynamic psychotherapist. I offer face to face Counselling/psychotherapy for adults struggling with emotional and psychological problems.
I work individually and with couples.
I’m also a Reiki practitioner.

My work is integrative, oriented to fit each individual.

The chances are if you are reading this you have taken the first difficult steps to seeking out a therapist.
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If you feel trapped with relationship issues, work problems, depression, anger, post traumatic stress, Bereavement, issues from your past or perhaps you just don’t know why you’re feeling so low, I can help you make sense of it all and help you to move forward with your life.

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In addition to my private practise I work for Cruse Bereavement Care. Also, I work alongside the Red Cross with victims of major disasters.
I am presently working with victims of the Grenfell disaster.

I am a Reiki practitioner.

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