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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

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If you are struggling with anxiety, stress, low mood or have difficulty adjusting to a life setback you may wish to consider a short course of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). 
 
While these negative symptoms can represent real life problems and cause you to feel overwhelmed or even helpless, CBT intervention can give you back control.  The CBT model itself is an interesting and educational approach to wellbeing. It is designed to help you understand and overcome problems in a more informed way, with renewed confidence and understanding.   
 
Central to the approach is learning about how your own covert automatic thinking patterns drive your experiences day to day. Engaging in CBT, you learn how your own personal automatic thinking patterns can have strong emotional impact when suffering distress or low mood.  Emotionally charged thoughts can negatively shape consequences and reinforce unhelpful behaviours.  
 
It is the personal ways in which we think, appraise and deal with situations that influence how we experience them and manage them.  Thinking patterns can be accurate and helpful or inaccurate and unhelpful.  So, it is not so much the problems themselves that cause us difficulty but how we appraise them and how we cope with them.
 

What can a CBT consultant help with?

At Pall Mall Medical, our cognitive behavioural therapists are experienced in the management of a number of conditions, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Phobias
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Stress
  • Anger issues
  • Coping with long-term health conditions
  • Confronting alcohol misuse

 

CBT is used to encourage you to examine how your thoughts and feelings affect your behaviours. Therapy is focussed very much on current problems as they present day to day, however, past events are also a focus in cases where past issues continue to influence current problems.

During and in between the sessions you will learn a variety of coping strategies to help break negative patterns, including confronting fears about certain situations or keeping a journal to monitor how you’re feeling.

How long will I need CBT for?

The appropriate number of sessions vary in accordance with individual circumstances and will depend on your individual problems and goals of therapy, something that will be discussed with your consultant.   CBT is short term and works best if the person receiving treatment sticks to the treatment plan which includes attending sessions regularly to keep momentum and maintain gains, and doing any home-based practice work agreed upon collaboratively in session.   You can discuss your progress and any issues you may have at any point with your therapist.
 
We offer consultations in Manchester city centre and Newton-le-Willows; the cost is just £70 for a single session. If you’re ready, you can call us today to book an appointment, as we don’t require a referral letter from your current GP.
 

Drop-In Clinic

If you are unsure whether CBT is suitable for you, we have a fortnightly drop-in clinic on Saturdays at Pall Mall Medical Manchester.

We offer free of charge 15 minute appointments, which allows you to meet our Consultant Cognitive Behavioural Therapists and get an insight into CBT and the benefits associated. 

Blogs of interest 

Causes of stress at work and cognitive behavioural therapy 

Prices

We offer consultations in Manchester city centre, Liverpool city centre and Newton-le-Willows; the cost is just £70 for a single session. If you’re ready, you can call us today to book an appointment, as we don’t require a referral letter from your current GP.

Service

Price

Duration
CBT Consultation

£70.00

 
60 minutes

What patients say about CBT sessions at Pall Mall Medical

Review #1

I have never experienced CBT before I met Aileen and I was wary of the practice.

Having been a client of Aileen’s for a few months, I can highly recommend the process for the following reasons:-

I was highly stressed and living in a virtual vicious circle of drinking too much alcohol, not sleeping well, working very hard, not taking mental or physical breaks, not exercising, eating processed meals etc. The main problem was my lack of self-worth, mindfulness and self-awareness.

Aileen took me through stages of learning about ‘me’ recognising misconceptions and the way people [I] may view the world.

We explored the reasons why I might be behaving the way I did and ‘drilled down’ to identify the possible root causes.

Each session I was taught a new strategy that would help me have a clearer view of myself and the world I operate in. All were interesting, some effective and some very effective.

The result is that I know have a good sense of self-awareness and an appreciation of well- being or mindfulness. The CBT process has equipped me with a ‘toolbox’ of strategies that will support me through a wide range of life’s future challenges and experiences.

 

Review #2

I sought help from Aileen for anxiety and stress management. As a health professional myself I had seen patients that had benefited from such interventions and therefore wanted to try it for myself. The CBT model helped me overcome my stress and anxiety issues, gain a more positive outlook on the future and develop coping strategies for particularly stressful times in my life of which I have had many of late. I feel the model provided me with the foundation for continued personal development throughout the rest of my life and I will continue to use the strategies taught by Aileen during times of stress. I am now able to control my anxiety whereas before it would control me and this has so far produced very positive results, both in my personal and professional life.

I feel CBT is an extremely helpful intervention and would not hesitate recommending Aileen to friends and family if they were experiencing similar issues. Having experienced the benefits myself I will continue to promote CBT to patients throughout my career.

 

Review #3

I just wanted to respond to you with feedback and sing the praises of Aileen. Her assistance and help via CBT was not only beneficial but also an interesting and learning experience for me. I can highly recommend her.

 

Review #4

For approximately 18  months, Aileen Raftery has been our independent CBT therapist providing CBT services to employees across front and back offices, and retail stores in the North West. Aileen takes a proactive approach to employee's wellbeing through teaching of effective coping strategies to help employees understand and overcome a range of emotional problems, whilst providing a comprehensive duty of care.

Aileen is reliable, honest and caring, and I would highly recommend her for CBT services with any organisation.

Our specialists

Mrs Aileen Raftery

Consultant Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT)

Aileen is a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with significant experience across a broad range of…

Mrs Aileen Raftery

Consultant Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT)

Aileen is a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with significant experience across a broad range of problem areas and has been working as an independent practitioner at Pall Mall Medical since November 2010. She is a BACP Accredited therapist. Her practice has been deemed to meet the standard for a competent, ethical and independent practitioner by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

 

She has successfully treated a range of problems helping individuals overcome problems related to anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, panic disorder and various phobias.