Sometimes it is hard to talk to friends and family about issues that are upsetting or difficult. You may fear they will not understand. Some people find it useful to talk to a trained therapist to help make sense of what they are going through.
Want to talk?
If you are upset by any of these experiences you might find cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) helpful:
- seeing unusual things
- witnessing odd things happening to you or in the world around you
- worrying that other people might harm you
- feeling that other people are controlling your thoughts or behaviours
- confused or unhappy with your diagnosis.
Sometimes it’s hard to talk to friends and family about issues that are upsetting or difficult. You may fear they will not understand. Some people find it useful to talk to a trained therapist to help make sense of what they are going through.
What is CBT?
CBT is a talking therapy designed to help people with their personal experiences that cause them distress or upset.
It provides a safe space to talk through your experiences without being judged or pressured to change your views.
What happens in CBT?
CBT uses a practical and problem-solving approach.
You and the therapist will work together to reduce any upset or distress you feel. The therapist will help you:
- achieve what you want to achieve
- understand and deal with your experiences
- look at your experiences in other ways
- change the things you do
- discover or develop coping strategies
- recognise when things are becoming difficult
- find practical ways to stop crisis situations developing and experiences becoming overwhelming.
Does CBT work?
In the last 10 years or so, research from UK, Europe, USA and Canada has shown that CBT is helpful in reducing distress that can come about from upsetting and frightening beliefs and voices.
Research suggests that 50-65% of people benefit from this type of therapy (Cormac et al.,2003).
Recent guidelines from NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) state that CBT is effective and should be offered, together with medication, to anyone who suffers from these distressing experiences and who wants it.
How do I arrange to see a therapist?
Please ask your care coordinator to refer you for CBT. Seeing a CBT therapist will usually be in addition to any contact you already have with mental health services.
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