The Child & Family CBT Service provides:
For children, parents or adults seeking support for their own issues. There is no age limit although with very young children parents usually need to be actively involved in treatment.
Group Work For Children
Groups For Parents
What is CBT
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy. It can help people who are experiencing a wide range of mental health difficulties. What people think can affect how they feel and how they behave. This is the basis of CBT. During times of mental distress, people think differently about themselves and what happens to them. Thoughts can become extreme and unhelpful. This can worsen how a person feels. They may then behave in a way that prolongs their distress. CBT practitioners help each person identify and change their extreme thinking and unhelpful behaviour. In doing this, the result is often a major improvement in how a person feels and lives. (Taken from the BABCP.com website, 2009).
Principles and Benefits of CBT
CBT involves development of a shared understanding or formulation of a client’s problem. This understanding should inform both therapist and client regarding treatment. CBT encourages exploration of different ways of thinking and therapists are encouraged to be non-judgemental in response to the children’s thoughts and feelings. There are no right or wrong answers in CBT although some ways of thinking may be more useful in certain situations than others. CBT intends to increase an awareness of thoughts, feelings, body signals and actions. It is suggested that through this awareness change can be initiated. Although it is in the nature of children to think in polarized (black and white) ways, CBT aims to encourage broader and more flexible thinking (looking for shades of grey) that promotes more acceptance and/or compassion towards the self and others and consequently creates a reduction in anxiety and/or stress levels. (Taken from the book Cool Connections with CBT, 2008).
Benefits:(research suggests CBT is helpful)