Client Testimonials “Vanessa helped me to move on from my spirals of negative thinking by using rational thought and reviewing the evidence. She was sympathetic and positive and helped me to recognise my successes. I only needed a few sessions to regain my confidence and joie de vivre.” “I have found Vanessa extremely helpful in overcoming my difficulties and helping me challenge my negative thoughts during a particularly difficult time in my life. Vanessa is extremely approachable and easy to talk to and you can be assured she will always be available to offer you help and advice.” “Vanessa is a great therapist. She is warm and kind, and has helped me to have more confidence and trust in my self. At one time I was so depressed I couldn’t see a way out, but Vanessa’s help has meant I have been able to not only see the light at the end of the tunnel but I now live in that light more often and for longer and longer periods of time.”
"if it was not for Vanessa i do not know where i would be today, when i sit and think of how i was before and how i am today it is like day and night, the CBT therapy she does is miraculous, Vanessa is the kindest most compassionate and truly a person who cares for the patient she is helping. Before starting with her I had a hard time even leaving the house, i was filled with anxiety and fear this controlled me for a long time and now i am travelling all over the world. She is one of the few amazing people you meet on this journey called life. I cannot put into words how much i appreciate what she has done for me."
An introduction to CBT therapy
If you haven’t already come across the term CBT, it stands for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which is one of the core areas of psychotherapy, a technique commonly practiced by psychology professionals. This method of treatment is becoming more and more popular with both practitioners and clients, partly because of its effectiveness and simplicity, and partly because it gives clients a sense of being able to regulate and manage their own pace during the treatment process. CBT is recommended by The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines, due to positive clinical trial results.
What can CBT treat?
In the past, CBT was mainly used to treat depression. But today, CBT is used to treat many things, as my CBT overview infographic here shows. As more advancements in the therapy have been made, and as the expertise of practitioners has evolved, cognitive behavioral therapy is used to help people overcome a number of different psychological problems and disorders, including abnormal mood fluctuations, addictions, eating disorders, stress related conditions, and many other mental health and behavioural issues, such as OCD and trauma. You may need multiple sessions of CBT therapy, but this will depend on your condition and its severity, and what an initial consultation reveals.
How effective is CBT for anxiety?
Along with the conditions and issues mentioned above, CBT can be extremely helpful for treating generalised anxiety. It has also proved to be a very effective social anxiety treatment, ranging from fear of social situations to public speaking anxiety, if used in the right way. It is no secret that the crowded, polluted, fast-paced and highly achievement orientated environment of a large city like London take their toll on the hardiest among us, leading to anxiety in many forms. The scientifically based steps taken in CBT, such as challenging and reframing negative or distorted thoughts, and learning gradual exposure strategies to tackle a variety of phobias and compulsive disorders, have made CBT the go to choice for many people wishing to overcome the consequences of stressful city living.
Why is cognitive behavioral therapy So effective?
One of the core reasons why CBT works so well, is that it addresses problems on the level of our thought process in everyday life. Our perceptions about things, people, and events around us, make a huge impact on how we interpret and react to them. They then play an important role in the manifestation of our overall behavior. Cognitive behavioral therapy works by restructuring or transforming those negative thoughts that cause us problems, into thoughts that are much less likely to cause harm to ourselves and people around us. It could be said that CBT is a psychotherapy that is capable of taking a client on a journey from the darkest recesses of negativity, fear, and distress, to the bright horizon of a positive outlook and constructive, confident practical action.
I am a chartered counselling psychologist offering CBT therapy in London. As well as offering Cognitive behavioral therapy at my Harley Street psychology practice, I also work from a consulting room in North London.
Dr Vanessa Ruspoli April 24, 2016
Chartered Counselling Psychologist London
Harley Street Psychology
HOW CBT THERAPY HELPS ANXIETY & THE STRSS OF LONDON LIVING