CBT is a form of talking therapy that combines cognitive and behavioural therapy. It focuses on how you think about the things going on in your life- your thoughts, beliefs and attitudes (your cognitive processes)- and how this impacts on the way you behave and deal with emotional problems. It then looks at how you can change any negative pattern of thinking or behaviour that may be causing you difficulties. In turn, this can change how you feel about things.
CBT tends to be short, taking between six weeks to six months. You will usually attend a session once a week lasting approximately 50 mnutes. Together we will explore what your problems are and develop a plan for tackling them. You will learn a set of principles that you can apply whenever you need to. You may find them useful long after you have stopped therapy.
We will focus on what is going on in the present rather than the past. However, the therapy may look at your past and how your past experiences impact on how you interpret the world today.
My name's Chris Neill and have a Bsc in Psychology and a post graduate Master en Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I am a member of the British Psychological Society's Counselling Division: membership nº 272885. I am British, but have lived in Madrid, Spain for over 18 years where I work as a psychologist in substance abuse and addiction services in the Public health Network.