Sunday, September 27, 2009

New CBT For Therapists blog

I've just created a new blog called CBT for Therapists
If you are interested in CBT, either as a therapist or trainee, it might
be worth following it.
The first post is all about how to provide a rationale for CBT in the
first session with a new client and begins ...

Some clients (or patients) may come to CBT (cognitive behavioural
therapy) knowing exactly what CBT is and how it will benefit them.
However the majority probably won't - they may be ambivalent about the
therapy have a number of misconceptions about CBT.

If they understand the potential of CBT for them it will not only
increase their motivation but also give them a better opportunity to
engage fully in the collaborative CBT process. So it's a good idea to
provide a rationale for CBT, and explain how it works, early on in the
first session.

So how best to do this?

Here are some alternative ways to present CBT to the client in the first
1) Give a handout on CBT for the client to read after the session
2) Explain the CBT rationale in session using short case vignettes and a
3) Use similes and metaphors to tell the client what CBT is like.
4) Use a "naturally occuring moment" to link the client's own situation
to how CBT can help them.

Read more ...

Sunday, September 20, 2009

New Book by David Burns on CBT For Relationships

Feeling Good Together: The Secret to Making Troubled Relationships Work' by Dr David Burns


"Blame is the atom bomb of intimacy, destroying everything that gets in its way.
 But it's far more productive to evaluate the reasons behind the problems instead."
Read more ...

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Low cost therapy opportunity in Central London

I am now starting a low-cost therapy scheme for clients with anxiety
or depression-related problems.
The therapy will normally be for 12 individual weekly sessions. The fee
will be £30 per 50 minute session - my normal rate is £60-£80.
Acceptance to the scheme is subject to suitability and places are
strictly limited. Sessions are held in Fleet St, London.
If you are interested in more details then please contact me asap on