CBT is a scientifically-validated form of psychotherapy that is effective for many different problems and conditions. It is particularly effective in helping people overcome anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. Unlike other types of talking therapies, CBT does not require you to spend years in therapy trying to uncover the root of your problem. Rather, it takes a solution-focused approach to help you solve problems and learn new skills. In this sense, it can be thought of as a talking AND doing therapy. You will learn specific skills and strategies to improve your mood, reduce anxiety, and feel more confident.
Many of the people who come for help have CBT to overcome problems with social anxiety, low self-esteem, sexual issues, and/or depression. The number of CBT sessions depends on your individual needs and the extent of the problem. Typically, individuals have between 12 – 16 sessions. The UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) provides national guidance and advice on the number of CBT sessions usually required to treat depression and anxiety conditions based on research evidence. I work to this guidance in my CBT practice.