Jessica B Demol Counselling Psychologist
Jessica B DemolCounselling Psychologist

How Cognitive Behavioural Therapy & Schema Therapy work?

How Does CBT Sessions Work?

I tailor my approach to your individual needs and goals. Sessions are based on a continual process of assessment, goal setting, action steps and back to assessment. 

 

CBT helps the client to change the way that you think, feel and behave, CBT teaches coping strategies and techniques that help the client to independently overcome their issues. Moreover, results can be achieved and sustained in a short space of time.


Therapy sessions take place in the comfort of a quiet room, typically sessions are weekly and the sessions are 50 minutes long.

How Does Schema Therapy Work?

Schema Therapy is a form of Integrative Therapy; it integrates aspects of many therapeutic modalities; Cognitive Therapy, Behaviour Therapy, Objects Relations and Gestalt Therapy.  

 

It was developed by Dr. Jefferey Young in response to clients not responding or relapsing using other therapies.  Therefore, it is a newer therapeutic approach, based on combining strategies and techniques of previous therapies.

 

Schema Therapy helps individuals to change long term negative thinking patterns which may have been unsuccessfully changed using other methods.  Schemas ('maladaptive' thinking patterns) are usually developed during childhood, however they can also develop during adulthood.  Schemas are self-defeating patterns, that consist of negative/dysfunctional thoughts and feelings, which over the years have been repeated and elaborated upon, and have hindered the client in achieving his/her goals and getting their needs met.

 

Schema therapy sessions are 50 minutes long, and typically are weekly.

How Long Is the Process?

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Expereince (NICE) provides evidance-based guidance for the NHS on the most effective ways to treat mental health.  NICE recommend CBT as the modality to be used by the NHS as the most effective therapy in treating most mental health conditions (Phobias, depression, anxiety, behavioural issues, Obsessive-compulsive disorders and many more).

 

CBT sessions can vary between 12 sessions to 24 sessions to treat an issue, however, some conditions can be treated in as little as 6 weeks.

 

Schema Therapy can be longer term, from 6 months onwards.