CBT Therapy Designed for You

Tom Coates Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

Tom Coates

Tom is a fully BABCP-accredited CBT Therapist with over 10 years of clinical experience. His natural curiosity and reflective approach, combined with his lived experience of OCD, anxiety, and depression, allow him to build strong, trusting relationships with his clients. This empathetic connection helps clients feel comfortable sharing their feelings and challenges, fostering a supportive and effective therapeutic environment

What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a widely recognised and evidence-based form of psychotherapy that focuses on the connection between our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. CBT Therapy is a goal-oriented approach that helps individuals identify and challenge negative or unhelpful thought patterns, with the aim of replacing them with more positive and constructive ones. CBT Therapy emphasises the power of our thoughts in shaping our emotions and actions, and through various techniques and strategies, it assists in developing healthier coping mechanisms and problem-solving skills.

This therapeutic approach promotes self-awareness, resilience, and empowers individuals to make positive changes in their lives. CBT is often called a talking therapy, but it is more like a ‘doing’ therapy that supports you to begin to understand and reclaim control of your mental health.

What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)?

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a highly effective form of psychotherapy that helps individuals develop psychological flexibility and overcome life’s challenges. ACT encourages individuals to accept their thoughts and feelings without judgment, and to commit to taking actions aligned with their values. By focusing on mindfulness, acceptance, and behaviour change, ACT enables individuals to cultivate a rich and meaningful life.  Alongside this, ACT can help individuals to improve their emotional well-being, manage stress, and achieve personal growth. 

 

What is Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)?

Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) is a therapeutic technique commonly used in the treatment of anxiety disorders, particularly Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). It involves exposing individuals to situations, objects, or thoughts that trigger their anxiety or obsessive thoughts, while simultaneously preventing them from engaging in their usual compulsive behaviors or rituals. The goal of ERP is to help individuals gradually confront their fears and anxieties, learn to tolerate the discomfort, and eventually reduce their obsessive thoughts and compulsive responses. By repeatedly exposing oneself to anxiety-provoking situations without giving in to the compulsion, individuals can break the cycle of anxiety and develop new, healthier ways of responding to their triggers.

Read more about this in our ERP Blog post!

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

CBT is a focused, structured, talking therapy that supports individuals to recognise maintenance cycles that underpin their emotional health difficulties and begin to adapt their approach to these. CBT aims to support individuals to regain autonomy over their emotional health by encouraging learning alongside the development of new skills and techniques that support individuals to reclaim their lives.

Your therapist will adopt an inquisitive stance and aims to curiously consider your view of your difficulties before collaboratively agreeing a treatment plan.

Each session will last 50 minutes and we will set an agenda with you at the beginning of each session

Although powerful learning and work takes place in your sessions, it is important that this is consolidated outside of your therapy, in your day to day life. To support this, your therapist will encourage you to set weekly inter-session tasks which will enable you to reinforce the learning in sessions.

Our therapists are fully accredited by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP) and must adhere to their agreed standards of conduct, performance and ethics. To meet the criteria to remain fully accredited, therapists must attend regular clinical supervision to ensure that best practice is being adhered to. Furthermore, therapists are expected to attend further training each year to ensure that they are in touch with the latest developments in treatment. 

If you would like to check the BABCP accreditation status of your therapist, or review the code of conduct, please click here.

Confidentiality is of the highest importance in therapy to ensure that you feel safe and comfortable when sharing your feelings. Therapists endeavour to protect their service user’s confidentiality at all times, including when discussing cases in clinical supervision where only initials are shared. However, there are boundaries to confidentiality should we become concerned about your immediate safety or the safety of others around you. 

In line with BABCP guidance, all treatment notes will be securely stored on a patient database that adheres to GDPR regulations. These notes will be kept for a minimum of 7 years as legally required.

All of our therapists are registered with the Information Commisioner’s Office and abide by their code and guidance.