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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Private CBT for mental health conditions and eating disorders in London at Schoen Clinic Chelsea

CBT is a widely recognised and evidence-based therapeutic technique that empowers individuals to understand and manage their thoughts, emotions, and behaviours effectively.

Through collaborative sessions with our skilled therapists, patients at Schoen Clinic engage in a structured process aimed at identifying and challenging negative thought patterns and behaviours that contribute to distress.

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What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a highly effective form of psychotherapy (talking therapy) for addressing a spectrum of mental and emotional health concerns, including anxiety and depression.


Through this therapeutic approach, individuals are guided by one of Schoen Clinic CBT therapists to adopt more constructive ways of thinking and responding to everyday situations, ultimately enhancing their wellbeing. What sets CBT apart from other therapies is its emphasis on current issues rather than delving into past experiences.


Rooted in the notion that negative thinking can be reframed as a learned habit, CBT empowers individuals to challenge and ultimately break free from this cycle, encouraging a mindset conducive to personal growth and resilience.

By helping individuals recognise the connections between their thoughts, actions, and emotions, CBT aims to facilitate positive changes in their mindset. Throughout the process, individuals collaborate with their therapist to devise tailored strategies and set achievable goals, empowering them to regain a sense of control over their lives. When implemented successfully, CBT allows individuals to navigate life's challenges with greater confidence and resilience.


Who can CBT help? What conditions is it used to treat?


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a versatile and evidence-based approach that has demonstrated effectiveness in addressing a wide array of mental health conditions. CBT can benefit individuals across all age groups, including children, teens and adults and offers support for individuals experiencing:



CBT can also assist individuals dealing with various other challenges, such as anger issues, low self-esteem, marriage or relationship problems and physical health problems like chronic pain and fatigue.


While undergoing CBT at Schoen Clinic, individuals may also choose to complement their treatment with medication as advised by their specialist, depending on the nature of their condition and personal preferences.


For those struggling with alcohol or drug dependency, it is advisable to address these issues before commencing CBT for other concerns. High levels of substance use can hinder the effectiveness of CBT as learning and recalling new coping strategies may become challenging.


However, it's essential to acknowledge that CBT may not be suitable for individuals with severe memory impairments, including dementia. Learning and implementing new coping skills integral to CBT may pose difficulties for individuals who struggle with memory retention and recall.


What are the 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.

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Get in touch with our friendly team today to access CBT sessions with our specialists


If you're looking for CBT sessions with a specialist, please reach out to our team.


Our mental health and wellbeing clinic in London offers private outpatient CBT sessions for children, teens and adults with appointments in as little as 24 hours, as well as specialised CBT groups accessible as part of a mental health treatment programme, or on a pay-as-you-go basis.


CBT is also accessible as part of inpatient treatment for children and teens with eating disorders in Birmingham and adults in York.


Email our caring team today to get started.


How much does CBT cost?


The cost of different types of treatment, therapy or support will vary. See our full breakdown of our prices and funding options for more information or specific costs.

How Cognitive Behavioural Therapy works at Schoen Clinic


CBT is an integral part of treatment for many of the conditions we treat across our Schoen Clinic locations. At our inpatient hospital for children in Birmingham, Schoen Clinic Newbridge, and residential hospital for adults in York, Schoen Clinic York, patients have access to a multidisciplinary team of specialists throughout their treatment with expertise in CBT.


For individuals seeking private outpatient CBT sessions, our mental health and wellbeing clinic in London, Schoen Clinic Chelsea, has a multidisciplinary team of specialists available to help. However individuals access our services, the core principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy remain the same.


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.


Our approach to CBT at Schoen Clinic


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.


What happens during CBT sessions?


We understand that taking the first step toward seeking therapy can be a significant decision. At Schoen Clinic, 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. Although CBT primarily focuses on the present rather than delving into the past, your therapist may still inquire about your life and background to gain a comprehensive understanding of your current challenges.


3. Individual CBT sessions: In each session thereafter, you and your therapist will collaboratively set the agenda, determining what topics to address. 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.


Upon completing a course of CBT, you will work with your therapist to develop a personalised 'staying well' plan. This plan will encompass the skills you've acquired throughout the therapy and outline strategies for managing future difficulties. You'll be encouraged to continue practising these skills independently beyond the conclusion of your CBT sessions.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions | CBT FAQs


How does CBT work?


In Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), the 'C' stands for 'cognitive,' referring to your thoughts. In CBT sessions, you'll learn to identify negative thought patterns and challenge them effectively. For instance, you'll work on transforming thoughts like 'I'm useless' or 'It's all going to go wrong' into more constructive and realistic alternatives. These may include questioning the evidence supporting negative beliefs, exploring alternative perspectives, or considering the advice you'd offer to a friend in a similar situation.


The 'B' in CBT represents 'behaviour,' encompassing your actions and reactions. CBT provides strategies to confront avoidance behaviours and overcome fears. Through activities like maintaining a daily diary of activities and setting goals to face feared situations, you'll gradually build confidence and a sense of accomplishment. Tracking your progress in writing can further reinforce your achievements and motivate continued growth.


Finally, the 'T' stands for 'therapy'—the process through which you acquire new skills and insights. In CBT sessions, you'll learn practical techniques that you can apply as homework assignments. Even after completing formal CBT sessions, you'll have the opportunity to continue practising these skills independently. This ongoing practice equips you with invaluable tools to navigate challenges effectively and maintain your well-being in the long term.


Can CBT be used to treat anxiety?


While occasional feelings of anxiety are common and can even enhance performance in stressful situations, for some individuals, anxiety becomes a pervasive and distressing experience. This generalised anxiety can manifest as a constant state of alertness or fearfulness, impacting daily functioning significantly.


If anxiety begins to impede your ability to navigate daily life, it becomes crucial to develop coping skills to manage these overwhelming feelings. This is where Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) comes in. CBT targets the patterns of thinking and beliefs that contribute to and trigger anxiety, offering practical techniques to alleviate its grip on daily life. Through CBT, individuals can learn effective strategies to challenge and reframe anxious thoughts, ultimately regaining a sense of control and resilience in the face of anxiety.

Our London-based specialists with expertise in CBT


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.

Dr Tara Tofiq

Consultant General Adult Psychiatrist

Dr Tara Tofiq

Dr Edel McAndrew

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Dr Edel McAndrew

Darja Lee

Integrative Psychotherapist

Darja Lee

Lorraine Green

Psychotherapist

Lorraine Green

Dr Margherita Tanzarella

Consultant Psychiatrist | ADHD Specialist

Dr Margherita Tanzarella

Kristin McCarthy

Integrative Therapist

Kristin McCarthy

Dr Werner Kierski

Psychotherapist

Dr Werner Kierski

Magdalena Garcia

Clinical Psychologist & Integrative Psychotherapist

Magdalena Garcia

Dr Gil Myers

Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist

Dr Gil Myers

Gabriele Malinauskaite

Lead Psychotherapist

Gabriele Malinauskaite

Jahanara Khatun

Counselling Psychologist

Jahanara Khatun

Lia Brown

Psychotherapist

Lia Brown
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