The Vyas-Lee Practice offers CBT therapy in London for both children and adults. This scientifically proven therapy for anxiety and depression gives people of all ages practical skills to improve their wellbeing.
Read on to learn more about CBT, the symptoms it treats and how we tailor our approach for children and adults.
What is CBT?
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a type of talking therapy that can help you manage mental health problems by changing the way you think and behave.
The way we think (our cognitions) impacts the way we feel. How we feel can impact our behaviour (the actions we take).
Thinking and feeling in a negative way can lead us to act in a way that is unhelpful to our wellbeing and development. Over time, we may form patterns of negative thinking and self-destructive behaviours.
CBT offers a way to talk about your problems in a specific way to help break this pattern. You will find ways to reframe unhelpful thoughts, improving the way you feel and behave.
CBT for children
CBT can help children react in a different way to difficult feelings which can otherwise present as physical symptoms and behaviours.
Rather than avoiding people, things, or events — or hitting, shouting or arguing — they will learn to manage their feelings in a healthy way.
Children don’t have the ability to express their thoughts and feelings in the way adults do. Instead, they pick up on biological processes and present these as physical symptoms.
The fight or flight response which can be triggered by anxiety, causes a release of adrenaline. This can cause symptoms like “butterflies in the stomach” or tense muscles.
A child might say they have a headache, tummy ache or that their limbs hurt — this is their way of expressing how anxiety is making them feel. Feeling this way can affect the way a child behaves.
CBT breaks this pattern, allowing children to recognise how they feel and manage this in a healthy way. This can improve both their behaviour and their emotional development.
Symptoms it treats in children
CBT is recommended by NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) as a helpful therapy for children who are experiencing anxiety or depression. In children, these conditions can cause the following symptoms:
- Refusing to go to school
- Issues with morning or evening routines
- Trouble switching activity
- Acts of defiance (like refusing to do homework)
- Trouble listening to and following instructions
- Lack of motivation to do things they used to enjoy
CBT can also help treat the symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) in children.
If the chemistry is right between a therapist and the family, you’ll see some positive results. These can include:
- A reduction in occurrence symptoms
- Less intense symptoms when they do occur
- A sense of control over these problems
CBT for adults
The NICE guidelines recommend CBT as the first line treatment for the symptoms of depression and anxiety.
CBT can also be a helpful way to manage panic disorder, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
Your therapist will give you structured solutions to help you find new ways to think about situations. This can help you feel less anxious and reduces low mood and other difficult emotions.
You will learn to become a better self-manager through learning evidence-based strategies, picking up new skills which are often practiced in session.
At the end of each appointment we will create a plan to put changes in place at home. We’ll review and improve this plan at each session until benefits are seen.
You may see positive changes emerge within 3-6 sessions. In the long-term, CBT will open up room in your life for the pursuit of your goals.
Symptoms it treats in adults
CBT can help adults manage the symptoms of depression, anxiety, panic disorder, PTSD and OCD. Let’s explore the symptoms of each in turn:
- Low mood or sadness
- Feeling hopeless, helpless, or guilty
- Crying for no reason
- Feeling irritable
- Lack of motivation
- Not enjoying things that used to bring pleasure
- Thoughts of self-harm or suicide
- Trouble concentrating
- Feeling on edge
- Feeling like something bad might happen
Panic disorder (panic attacks) symptoms
- Shortness of breath
- Feeling choked
- Chest pain
- Sense of dread
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms
- Difficulty sleeping
- Hyperarousal (feeling on edge)
- Avoidance and numbing
- Angry outbursts
- Trouble concentrating
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) symptoms
- Obsessions (intrusive thoughts which repeatedly enter your mind)
- Distress (emotional upset caused by these obsessions)
- Compulsions (repetitive actions like checking, counting or hand washing)
Why choose Vyas-Lee for CBT in London?
There are a number of reasons to choose The Vyas-Lee Practice over other practitioners offering CBT in London. These reasons differ depending on whether you’re looking for therapy for your child or yourself.
Here’s why you, as a parent, you might choose The Vyas-Lee Practice for child CBT:
- You know your child is struggling and needs someone to be on their side
- You know your child needs a safe, confidential, secure space to address their difficulties
- You want to empower your child with strategies to manage their ups and downs
- You want space yourself to discuss how you are managing your child’s behaviour
- You want strategies to help you de-escalate difficult situations
We include parents in the process, checking with children what they feel comfortable sharing, so you get feedback to help you feel more in control.
Are you an adult, looking for CBT therapy in London for yourself? Here’s why you might choose The Vyas-Lee Practice:
- You’re looking for a collaborative, emotionally engaging and explorative treatment
- You want a therapist who will give you practical skills for daily life
- You want your therapist to take time to explore your experiences and culture
- You want to open up space in your life to achieve your goals
- You want to rediscover your value-set and orient your life towards it
Book a CBT appointment
Get in touch with us today to discuss CBT for your child or yourself. We’d love to help you or your child feel better.