Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy

Cognitive Behavioural PsychotherapyWho? Nicki Cook, Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist

Background: Nursing, Midwifery, Occupational Health, Health Visitor (RGN, RM, RHV, Postgrad Dip Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy)

What is CBT? CBT is a psychiatric approach based on scientific principles and which research has show to be effective for a wide range of problems.  CBT is class as a ‘brief intervention therapy’ lasting 8-20 sessions, depending on severity of problems.


  • we develop individual shared understanding of client’s problems
  • we identify how those problems affect client’s thoughts, feelings, emotions and daily functioning/behaviour
  • we discover cycles and patterns of functioning and how we may change the style and perspective in order to function in a healthier way
  • we will ask the client to take notice of the way they are functioning and may do home therapy between sessions eg keeping a diary
  • initial assessment of clients’ problems is essential, therapy sessions are weekly, lasting one hour and may be less frequent as the client improves.

What sort of problems can CBT help with?

  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Phobias (eg agrophobia, social/needle)
  • Depression
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Chronic pain/ill health
  • Anger
  • Maternal – ante-natal/post-natal/anxiety/depression

Talk to your therapist to find out more and answer any queries.

Contact Nicki at Airedale Physiotherapy Clinic  01535 611743 or 07985267524


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