Typically, individuals require between 8 to 16 CBT sessions, with prices ranging from £60 to £120 per session. CBT is often pricier than standard counselling due to the rigorous supervision, professional development, and training that CBT therapists must undergo to maintain accreditation with BABCP (The British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies). More details on this are provided below.
CBT services are available through the NHS, and some charitable organizations like Anxiety UK offer means-tested CBT. Clearly defining your budget will help you determine where to seek treatment.
Seek a BABCP Accredited Therapist BABCP, which stands for The British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, serves as the governing body that upholds the standards, ethics, and conduct of CBT therapists. To retain accreditation as a CBT therapist, practitioners must meet annual requirements for standards, supervision, and training.
Accredited CBT therapists possess a strong foundation in psychology, have a core profession in a related field, and have completed a CBT diploma. They also adhere to professional obligations for ongoing training and supervision. This ensures they stay current with the latest research and advancements in addressing anxiety, mood disorders, and other psychological challenges, guaranteeing that the therapy you receive is both up-to-date and effective.
You can verify whether your CBT therapist is accredited and the duration of their accreditation on the BABCP.com website. IPSIG is a dedicated website for BABCP accredited therapists working in private practice.
Conduct Thorough Online Research The effectiveness of therapy is significantly influenced by the therapeutic relationship. In essence, you should feel comfortable with your therapist and have confidence in their ability to help you achieve your goals.
Conducting a Google search for CBT therapists can be overwhelming. The critical factor to remember is that they should possess BABCP accreditation. Most therapists maintain their own websites and social media profiles, allowing you to gain insights into their approach before your initial session. They also receive feedback from current clients, so explore their website, business Facebook page, and Google page for testimonials and reviews.
Initiate Conversations Reach out to several therapists and engage in brief conversations. How promptly they respond and the way they address your questions can provide insights into their professional demeanour.
Seek Personal Recommendations Obtaining a therapist recommendation from someone you trust can provide significant reassurance. Many people may keep their CBT experiences private for reasons of privacy, but you might be surprised by how many individuals have undergone therapy themselves or have close acquaintances who have.
Examine Their Background Lastly, consider the therapist's background. What led them to become a CBT therapist? It can be beneficial to work with someone who has a substantial history of involvement in the field of mental health.
What if You Make the Wrong Choice? It's crucial to feel comfortable with your therapist and believe in their ability to assist you.
Remember that no single therapist can be the right fit for everyone; it's a highly personal decision.
Your therapist will not take offense if you believe they are not a good match for you. They have chosen a caring profession because they genuinely want the best for people. Communicate your concerns, explore the issue together, or request some time to contemplate before scheduling another session.
By Ben Lea, CBT Therapist, Congleton, Cheshire.