Cognitive Behavioural Therapy


CBT is an evidence-based talking therapy, offering relief and a way forward for individuals struggling with common mental health problems, including depression and anxiety, through to more complex and enduring problems, such as obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

CBT is widely used in the NHS, with great results achieved after a relatively short period of treatment (an average of 5 to 10 one-hour sessions, depending on the nature and severity of the problem).

Vicki Ritson runs her private practice from Stewarton, East Ayrshire. She welcomes GP referrals as well as self-referrals. Assessments and treatment sessions are carried out on a one-to-one basis and are strictly confidential.

Vicki works in a solution-focused manner, offering a problem-solving approach whilst ensuring a safe space to discuss and work through emotional difficulties. Treatment is tailored to the individual client within a recognized CBT model that is both logical and goal orientated.

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CBT can help people with a wide range of psychological conditions, ranging from severe mental illness to mild feelings and thoughts that interfere with day to day living.

CBT is called a talking therapy because the client and therapist spend most of the time in treatment talking. In therapy you are usually given specific tasks to perform between therapy sessions. For example, a common task is to write down significant thoughts that you have every day.

Who can benefit from CBT?

In the NHS, CBT is mainly used for psychological conditions like the ones in the following list. However, you do not necessarily need a diagnosis by a doctor in order to benefit from CBT.

CBT is also used in the management of other conditions that may have a psychological component, including:

CBT can help you to overcome emotional trauma, such as bullying or harassment in the workplace or at home.
It can also be helpful for less severe conditions brought about by life events such as illness, loss and bereavement.

Is CBT suitable for me / my problems?

CBT begins with an assessment by your therapist. If your therapist’s assessment is that you would not benefit from CBT treatment, then they will usually advise you about other forms of therapy that might be more appropriate for your condition.

If your therapist’s assessment is that you would benefit from CBT treatment, then you can expect positive benefits if you participate in your CBT treatment plan.

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