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What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a short-term form of behavioural treatment. It helps people resolve issues in their life related to mental health. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy helps us to identify and understand how our thoughts, beliefs, and feelings influence our behaviours.

By embracing CBT, individuals realise how their thought processes impact the way they address certain scenarios. Put simply, our ideas and beliefs shape how we act and behave.

Contrary to popular belief, cognitive behavioural therapy is not a separate treatment method. It is actually an umbrella term which encompasses a suite of therapies. These forms of therapy share a common approach when it comes to their therapeutic methods. The group includes rational emotive behaviour therapy, cognitive therapy, and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT).

When should you see a CBT Therapist?

In a CBT session, you and your therapist will focus on how to best address your mental health issues. This can include understanding and exploring any negative thoughts or behaviours that are impacting you. Additionally, the sessions may also involve helping you challenge those thoughts and finding coping strategies for these problems.

CBT helps to identify patterns of behaviour through goal setting and behaviour tracking. Through behavioural changes, you can learn to overcome the issues by replacing unhealthy thought patterns with healthier ones. Your therapist may also draw from a range of techniques including relaxation methods, mindfulness exercises, role-playing or self-monitoring.

CBT is recognised by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as an effective treatment for a range of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, eating disorders and more. This means you can access CBT on the NHS in Guildford, Surrey. It is important to note that there may be waiting times due to chronic underfunding and staff shortages as well as the NHS not prioritising this service.

During the sessions

A typical CBT session may include:

  • working with your therapist through various exercises, you gain greater insight into your emotions, thoughts and behaviours.
  • agreeing on some activities to work on in your own time
  • going over what you did in previous sessions and analysing the progress

Outside the sessions

Beyond the traditional therapy sessions, CBT encourages activities that you can do on your own. This could include completing worksheets or maintaining a diary or journal

If you want to get the most out of your treatment, it’s essential that you dedicate some time and effort to achieve optimal results. Even after treatment has concluded, this commitment is necessary for sustained success.

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“From start to finish, it taught me so much about myself.”


“Thank you for challenging me when I needed it.”


“I can’t believe how much progress I’ve made in a short time.”


“After many years of therapy, you are the first person who gets me.”


When should you see a CBT Therapist?

This is a very difficult question as the causes of anxiety and mental health issues are not always permanent. For instance, you may have just lost your job, and have another one lined up but temporarily face a financial struggle. This wouldn’t be a reason to see a therapist unless the underlying cause for why you lost the job in the first place was sufficient.

In simple terms, everyone can have a bad day, but it is when the negative impact causing the bad day is encroaching on your life and affecting it negatively. When it is invading your thoughts and swallowing you up this is when you need to see a cbt therapist to resolve these root causes.

It doesn’t just have to be about the negative or resolving a perceived issue. Seeing a therapist has been proven to improve self-awareness and self-esteem. For instance, have you ever had an ex-partner and things were going along perfectly then you say or do something to ruin it? This could be an honest mistake but it could well be a self-destructive mindset that you have.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy helps you become a more rounded person, able to look at a range of situations more rationally by using evidence based therapeutical practices. For any sort of therapy to be effective however there will be an acceptance and commitment to being open and transparent throughout.

Why choose Dr Jo Gee Psychotherapy?

Dr Jo Gee and her team offer online and face-to-face psychology, counselling and psychotherapy in Guildford, Surrey. We offer evidence based, NICE guideline treatments to help you live a life free from emotional distress.

Psychological therapy and counselling can offer you the opportunity to gain insight into your difficulties or distress, establish a greater understanding of your motivation, find more appropriate ways of coping and develop the tools necessary to bring about changes in your thinking and behaviour.

The team can work with you to explore an aspect of your life, personality or relationship, or help you reach your goals. We use a range of different evidence-based therapies and techniques, including cognitive behavioural, solution-focused and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, helping you to explore your past, current or future concerns.

We work with different modalities depending on your needs and goals. We are an expanding team, with over 18 staff, who are fully trained or are well on their way to achieving accreditation, so any time of the day give us a call or email and we will explore ways together to help you.

Some of our staff even specialise in just carrying out CBT so you are to sure be in the safest hands, so please get in touch today and let our specialist team help you!


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Whatever your current struggle, we are ready to help you. We offer a free 15 minute phone discussion and we look forward to hearing from you.

We offer online psychiatry, psychology, counselling and psychotherapy appointments.

For clinic appointments we work from Willow Health and DJGP in Guildford, Surrey. Clients come to see us online or from Addlestone, Aldershot, Ashford, Bisley, Camberley, Chertsey, Chobham, Cobham, Cranleigh, Dorking, Egham, Epsom, Esher, Farnham, Farnborough, Fleet, Godalming, Guildford, Haslemere, Horley, Horsham, Kingston, Leatherhead, Lightwater, Oxshot, Redhill, Reigate, Richmond, Send, Shere, Staines-upon-Thames, Sunbury-on-Thames, Surbiton, Virginia Water, Walton-on-Thames, West End, Weybridge, Windlesham and Woking.

If you would like to book an initial consultation, please message or call us, and we will get back to you as soon as we can.



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