Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in London

At Schoen Clinic Chelsea, our expert team of mental health specialists is highly trained and experienced in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), a therapeutic approach that involves dialogue and guidance to uncover the intricate connections between your thoughts, feelings and behaviours, contributing to your challenges.

Our dedicated CBT therapists collaborate with you to introduce new thought patterns and behaviours that can positively influence your emotional wellbeing. CBT is designed to concentrate primarily on your present thought processes and actions, emphasising practical strategies to enhance your current state rather than delving into past issues.

To get started with private treatment, simply fill out our online pre-screening questionnaire at any time to suit you.

What types of issues can CBT help with?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a versatile and evidence-based approach that can effectively address a wide range of mental health challenges. CBT equips individuals with practical tools to help bring about positive change in their lives.

CBT can help with:

  1. Anxiety disorders: Whether it's generalised anxiety, social anxiety, or specific phobias, CBT offers strategies to manage and reduce excessive worry and fear.

  2. Depression: CBT helps individuals identify and challenge negative thought patterns, building a more optimistic outlook and improved mood regulation.

  3. Stress management: Individuals learn coping mechanisms to handle life's pressures and stressors effectively.

  4. Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD): CBT aids in breaking the cycle of obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours.

  5. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): CBT can provide relief by addressing traumatic experiences and their impact on mental health.

  6. Eating disorders: Develop healthier relationships with food and body image through CBT-based interventions.

  7. Addiction: CBT techniques can be employed to address the underlying triggers and cravings associated with addictive behaviours.

  8. Anger management: Individuals can learn how to manage anger and respond to challenging situations constructively.

  9. Sleep disorders: Improve sleep patterns by addressing the cognitive and behavioural factors affecting your rest.

  10. Relationship issues: Enhance communication skills and interpersonal relationships by modifying thought and behaviour patterns.

CBT's adaptability makes it a valuable tool in helping individuals achieve lasting positive change, ultimately leading to improved mental wellbeing and a better quality of life.

To get started with private treatment, simply fill out our online pre-screening questionnaire any time to suit you.

How cognitive behavioural therapy works at Schoen Clinic in London

At Schoen Clinic Chelsea, our team, including clinical psychologists, psychotherapists and CBT therapists, assists in understanding the root causes of your feelings and guides you in managing challenging emotions, as well as navigating various situations, thoughts, feelings, and behaviours.

  • Methodologies behind CBT

CBT's success lies in its evidence-based methodologies, rooted in the understanding that our thoughts and beliefs significantly impact our emotional responses and actions. By working closely with our specialised CBT therapists, individuals can identify and challenge negative thought patterns, replacing them with healthier alternatives.

  • Number of sessions

Weekly sessions lasting approximately one hour are typical for those embarking on CBT. In initial sessions, we may explore your past and your reasons for seeking therapy, and outline ultimate goals and session plans. However, the primary focus remains on your current life circumstances and how past experiences shape your perception of the world.

The duration of CBT varies from person to person and depends on the nature and severity of the issue. Typically, CBT is a short-term therapy ranging from 6 to 20 sessions. This focused approach allows individuals to experience tangible improvements in a relatively short time frame.

  • Key concepts and how CBT works

CBT offers a diverse range of techniques, including behavioural activation, thought challenging, and relaxation methods. Starting with simpler techniques, your therapist gradually progresses to more intricate strategies, ensuring a tailored approach to your unique needs.

CBT revolves around several key concepts, including cognitive restructuring and behavioural modification. Through collaborative efforts with our therapists, you'll gain valuable skills to:

  • Identify negative thought patterns: Recognise and challenge distorted or irrational thoughts.
  • Behavioural experiments: Test new behaviours and thought patterns to determine their impact on your emotional wellbeing.
  • Homework assignments: Practice new strategies and techniques in real-life situations.
  • Goal setting: Establish clear, achievable objectives for personal growth.

If you're new to CBT, it's essential to know that this therapy is highly structured, goal-oriented, and grounded in the present and future rather than dwelling on the past. Collaboratively, you and your therapist identify the emotional challenges most impactful to you, allowing us to tailor the therapy accordingly.

Pros and cons of CBT compared to other therapies

Benefits of CBT:

  • Evidence-based: CBT is extensively researched and validated, making it one of the most evidence-based therapies available.
  • Short-term: It often yields tangible results within a relatively short time frame, typically between 6 to 20 sessions.
  • Practical and action-oriented: CBT equips individuals with practical tools to address current issues, focusing on the present and future rather than delving into the past.
  • Customisable: Tailored to individual needs, CBT techniques can be adapted to address a wide array of mental health conditions.
  • Active participation: CBT empowers individuals to take an active role in their treatment, teaching them lifelong coping skills.
  • Versatile: It can be delivered in various formats, including one-on-one sessions, group therapy, or even self-help resources.

While CBT is a powerful therapeutic tool for many, it's essential to recognise that no single approach is universally applicable. For individuals facing severe mental health conditions or seeking a different therapeutic experience, alternatives like psychodynamic therapy or medication management may be more appropriate.

Our approach to CBT

At Schoen Clinic Chelsea, we take immense pride in our distinctive approach to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Our commitment to your wellbeing is at the forefront of everything we do, ensuring that you receive the highest standard of care, support, and expertise throughout your CBT journey.

What sets us apart?

  1. Multidisciplinary excellence: Our CBT services benefit from the expertise of a multidisciplinary team of specialists. From clinical psychologists and psychiatrists to highly trained therapists, our collaborative approach ensures that your treatment is comprehensive and holistic.

  2. Personalised care: We recognise that every individual is unique, and so are their challenges. Our CBT sessions are tailored to your specific needs and goals, ensuring that you receive a personalised treatment plan that addresses your unique circumstances.

  3. Cutting-edge facilities: Our state-of-the-art facilities are designed to create a comfortable, supportive, and healing environment for your therapy sessions.

  4. Safety and aftercare: Your safety is our utmost priority. Our rigorous safety protocols are in place to guarantee your wellbeing during therapy.

  5. Evidence-based excellence: Our CBT sessions are firmly grounded in evidence-based methodologies. We stay at the forefront of the field, ensuring that you benefit from the latest research and developments in CBT.

Our approach is professional, empathetic, and deeply committed to your recovery. From your very first session, our team works diligently to provide you with the tools and support needed to create long-lasting change.

We understand that seeking therapy is a significant step, and we are here to guide you every step of the way.

To get started with private treatment, simply fill out our online pre-screening questionnaire any time to suit you.

What happens during CBT sessions?

We understand that taking the first step toward seeking therapy can be a significant decision. At Schoen Clinic Chelsea, our goal is to provide you with a seamless and supportive CBT journey that empowers you to take control of your mental wellbeing. Here's what you can expect from your initial enquiry to individual sessions and beyond:

1. Making an enquiry: Your journey begins with a simple enquiry. We'll discuss your concerns, answer any questions, and help you schedule an initial consultation. You can even start online by simply filling out our pre-screening questionnaire and we'll get back to you the same day or the next working day.

2. Initial consultation: Your first appointment at Schoen Clinic Chelsea is designed to establish a strong foundation for your CBT journey. During this meeting, you'll meet your therapist, discuss your goals, and outline the issues you'd like to address.

3. Individual CBT sessions: Your therapist will work closely with you to identify and challenge negative thought patterns and behaviours. These sessions are confidential, providing you with a safe and non-judgemental space to explore your thoughts and feelings.

4. Homework: CBT is an active therapy that extends beyond the session. You will be encouraged to complete "homework" assignments, which are essential for reinforcing the skills learned during sessions. These exercises empower you to practice new thinking and behavioural habits in your daily life, enhancing the effectiveness of your therapy.

Is CBT likely to be effective for me?

CBT is an evidence-based therapy with a strong track record of effectiveness. It's particularly suited for individuals seeking solutions to issues like anxiety, depression, and specific behavioural challenges.

The effectiveness of CBT can be influenced by several factors, including regular attendance and commitment to the therapy process.

For those with more complex or severe conditions, CBT may still be a valuable part of their treatment plan but could benefit from supplementary approaches.

Ultimately, CBT's success often hinges on the willingness to actively participate, practice the skills learned, and collaborate with a dedicated therapist—a dynamic partnership that can lead to meaningful, lasting change in your life.

We've helped the following patients with CBT

"We have been deeply impressed by the multidisciplinary team approach at the Schoen Clinic.

The principal therapist who provides the most care for our family member is utterly committed, thoughtful, dedicated and deserves a special shout-out; and all other members of the clinical team are caring and highly skilled.

The quality of care is what matters, and that is superb."

- NP, 5 star Google review.

"After struggling with long term mental health problems, I severely deteriorated. It was difficult to find holistic and timely mental health treatment when I needed it most. The team were able to provide me with personalised support and tools to help me change my outlook and improve my quality of life. Thank you so much."

- LS, 5 star Google reviews

Schoen Clinic has dedicated CBT facilities in the heart of Chelsea, London

Located in the heart of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, West London, Schoen Clinic Chelsea offers exceptional accessibility, ensuring that your journey to improved mental wellbeing is as convenient as possible. Our central location allows for easy access via public transportation, with several tube stations and bus routes nearby. For those wishing to drive to our clinic, there are multiple car parks nearby.

Our dedicated CBT facilities are thoughtfully designed to provide you with a comfortable and supportive environment. Our treatment rooms are equipped to facilitate productive and confidential sessions, with calming interiors that promote a sense of tranquillity. Our multidisciplinary team of experts is readily available to guide you on your path to mental health recovery.

Choosing Schoen Clinic Chelsea means choosing a premier CBT experience in the heart of London.

Get in touch with our team today or simply fill out our online pre-screening questionnaire any time to suit you.

Why choose Schoen Clinic for CBT in London?

Our commitment to your wellbeing is unwavering, backed by a dedicated team of CBT specialists with a wealth of experience. Our state-of-the-art facilities in central London provide a comforting and supportive backdrop for your therapy journey.

With a compassionate and professional team, evidence-based methodologies, and a prime location, Schoen Clinic Chelsea ensures that you receive the highest standard of care.

Along with our private outpatient clinic in Chelsea, Schoen Clinic also has a highly specialised hospital for children and young people in Birmingham and a specialised eating disorders hospital for adults in York.

To get started with private treatment, simply fill out our online pre-screening questionnaire any time to suit you.

Have questions about CBT?

We've covered the essentials of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) at Schoen Clinic Chelsea, but we understand that you may have specific questions or unique concerns.

If there's anything we haven't addressed on this page, please don't hesitate to reach out to our dedicated team. No matter how complex or unusual your questions may be, we're here to help.

Our London-based expert CBT therapists

At Schoen Clinic Chelsea, our CBT therapists offer expert support to help you overcome life's challenges and achieve lasting emotional balance. Meet our team of dedicated CBT therapists in London at Schoen Clinic Chelsea, committed to guiding you towards mental wellbeing.

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Dr Rashmi Verma

Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Mental Health | ADHD Specialist
(Children 6-18 years)