As well as offering Integrative counselling Julie is one of the few qualified Cognitive Behavioural therapists in the area.
In terms of therapeutic orientations, CBT currently has the largest amount of research carried out on its effectiveness. CBT focuses on what people think, how those thoughts affect them emotionally and how they ultimately behave. When someone is distressed or anxious, the way they see and evaluate themselves can become negative. CBT therapists work alongside the person to help them begin to see the link between negative thoughts and mood. This empowers people to assert control over negative emotions and to change the way they behave. CBT has grown in popularity following recommendations from the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) for the treatment of anxiety disorders.
CBT can be delivered at a number of levels of intensity, meaning it can be useful to those who have only just started feeling anxious as well as those with longstanding anxiety problems. In the lower levels of the stepped care model, “Soft” techniques such as guided self-help are used, placing the responsibility on the client to complete diaries and other interventions with the support and guidance of a trained worker.