• ABOUT US

    We offer confidential, supportive and above all practical CBT counselling and training to help you deal with whatever you are facing.

  • Accreditation

    We operate within the major professional frameworks for UK psychology, counselling and CBT

    Associate Fellow of the BPS and Chartered Psychologist

    We adhere to the BPS code of ethics and associated professional regulatory frameworks.

    Accredited by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists

    Professional

    Our lead therapist is fully accredited by the leading CBT professional body. BABCP offers accreditation for Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapists, Supervisors, Trainers and Psychological Wellbeing practitioners.

    Verified by Psychology Today

    Professional

    Psychology Today's directory provides a comprehensive directory of therapists, psychiatrists and treatment facilities near you. 'Verified' means they have checked the licence status of the therapist as being valid.

  • What is CBT?

    What is 'Cognitive Behavioural Therapy'?   

    What's involved?

    Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (or 'CBT', for short) is a practical form of talking therapy which helps people deal with their problems by changing some of the ways the person thinks and behaves. It doesn't delve deeply into your childhood and early experiences but instead focuses on the here and now, and on practical help for the future. CBT tends not to focus on any 'deep' causes of distress, but rather on the patterns of thoughts and behaviours which are maintaining that distress.

    Will it work for me?

    CBT is usually the best approach for anyone who wants an effective practical approach to current difficulties that focuses on the relief of symptoms and developing a 'toolkit' to prevent relapses in the future. CBT is effective in whole range of areas including Depression, Anxiety, Anger Management and much more. It can also help with weight management, fear of flying, addictions and relationship problems.

    How can I find out more?

    There are many sites online which give you the flavour of CBT but one of the key things to remeber is that with a therapist you will able to work together collaboratively to find the best solution for you. CBT is used extensively in the NHS and you can find out more on CBT from their website by clicking here

    Do you offer therapy via skype?

    Yes, in line with several professionally qualified practioners we offer CBT for some problems over video-conferencing including Skype. Please contact us via the section below if you would like to discuss this further

    Do you offer home visits?

    In exceptional cases we are able to offer home visits in the Greater Manchester and Lancashire area. Please contact us below for further details.

  • Education

    University of Glasgow

    1979-83

    First Class Honours in Psychology

    University of Oxford

    1983-87

    Doctorate in Psychology

    University of Bolton

    2015-2016

    Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

  • “Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: it is easier to say 'My tooth is aching' than to say 'My heart is broken'.”

    C S LEWIS

  • Areas of Practice

    We cover all major psychological difficulties. Here are some of the main areas we specialise in. Please note we currently do not treat anyone under 18 years of age.

    Anxiety

    We offer support and a practical way forward through CBT for clients who are experiencing general anxiety and worry, PTSD, phobias, social anxiety and health anxiety.

    Depression

    We help clients who are suffering from depression whether it feels like a reaction to a specific event or loss, or whether it seems to have no obvious trigger. By focusing on what is maintaining feelings of sadness, hopelessness or despair rather than what originally caused them we offer clients a practical evidenced-based route to relief.

    Anger Management

    We all get angry from time to time, but we help clients who are experiencing enduring or intense periods of resentment, frustration and exasperation. Left unchecked anger can damage relationships, employment and reputation. We can provide practical help to manage anger and help reduce the perspectives that keep people on edge and unhappy.

    Practical Well being

    Sometimes we look after our cars better than we look after ourselves. Certainly we all spend more time keeping physically fit than we do psychologically fit. The good news is that while keeping physically fit can be expensive and exhausting, keeping psychologically fit can be fun, soothing and revealing.

    Fear of Flying (Aerophobia)

    Fear of flying affects around 6% of the population to such an extent that it makes flying very stressful or impossible. We can help you overcome your fears and allow you to travel in a much more relaxed way, and free to enjoy your holiday or business trip.

    Relationship stress and breakup

    Relationships are a source of great happiness and contentment, but also of stress, depression and hurt. If you are going through a difficult period, or have recently come out of a relationship and feeling depressed and anxious, we can help.

    Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

    PTSD as the name suggests occurs when an individual has had a traumatic experience in the past, but is still affected by it now often through nightmares and flashbacks. There may be other symptoms such as depression, insomnia, anger, irritability and guilt. CBT can help by supporting the sufferer to re-process the experience and relate to it differently.

    Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

    Everyone thinks "Did I lock the door?" or "Did I turn off the gas?" from time to time. Everyone has had the experience of being troubled by uninvited thoughts that are upsetting or invasive. And many sports stars have their special rituals before a match or race. For some people however obsessive thoughts or compulsive acts can become hugely debilitating. CBT can help by helping people face their concerns and tackle the thinking which maintains these upsetting experiences.

  • Our most recent workshop

    Advanced self care for counsellors and therapists – Saturday 29 September 1-4pm – Greater Manchester.
     

    This event builds on our very successful events on refreshing self care. Booking details to follow.

     

    Self Care Refresher for Therapists and Counsellors - Workshop 20 June 2018 - Holiday Inn, Bolton

    Thank you to everyone who attended. A fantastic event that focused on shared experience and solutions. Here are just some of the comments delegates made about the event.

     

    "Excellent overview. Great Case Studies"

    "Very Informative"

    "This was a very good refresher course. Providing an overall view of the major topics of burnout and self care. I found it highly informative on many levels"

    "Within the limitation of the 2 hour presentation I do not think it could have been improved - Informative and educational"

    "Thought provoking"

    "grounded in research"

    "good resources provided"

    "Very interesting Good knowledge and excellent research"

  • Contact us

    Practical CBT operates primarily in the Lancashire and Greater Manchester areas. However, we also offer CBT via Skype or Zoom. Contact us through the form below if you would like a no obligation discussion on how we might be able to help.

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    Our twitter account provides updates on our activities and some of the latest CBT research and news.

  • About Our Company

    'Practical CBT' is a trading name of Hampshire Global Ltd Companies Registration Number: 08534602

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