Cognitive Behavioural Therapy


CBT is an evidence-based, time limited, psycho-therapeutic talking therapy which is effective in treating a wide range of mental health problems and emotional difficulties. It is a treatment recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy focuses on how we think about a situation and how this can impact on the way we feel (emotionally and physically) and the ways we behave. The therapist and client work together to identify any thoughts or behaviours which are unhelpful and could be changed. The aim of therapy is for the client to learn techniques and strategies to help them manage their mood more effectively.


Conditions treated

Tess has particular interest in using CBT to help adults with:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders (social anxiety, panic disorder, general anxiety disorder, health anxiety)
  • Specific phobias (e.g. spiders, heights)
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Chronic pain
  • Long-term physical health conditions

As well as dealing with these specific conditions, CBT techniques can be used more widely in helping people to find ways to cope with stress, maintain mental wellbeing and build emotional resilience.

Many people are supporting family or friends with depression or anxiety and this can seem a difficult and lonely task. Tess offers sessions to help carers to more effectively enable a loved one to cope with mental health issues. She also works with parents supporting children who are struggling with anxiety.



Tess will arrange an initial assessment session with you which is an opportunity to develop a shared understanding of your individual problem, to identify some treatment goals, and begin to formulate a treatment plan.

The next step is to mutually agree a specific number of treatment sessions. The number of sessions will be tailored to your needs, each session would run for 45-50 minutes and we would normally meet on a weekly basis.

Sessions will involve looking at the relationship between your thoughts, feelings, and behaviour. We will monitor the progress you have made and plan how you can put the new strategies we have discussed into practice between sessions.

Once you have completed the agreed number of sessions, we will have a review of your progress. At that point we may decide that further sessions are needed, or that your treatment is complete.



Initial telephone call to assess if CBT is a suitable therapy (10 mins) FREE

Initial Assessment Session (up to 1 hour) £75

Follow up treatment sessions (45mins) £65