Psychological difficulties

What are the psychological therapy options available to me?

Pharmaceutical advances in recent years have provided us with a means to achieve recovery with fewer side effects. However, drugs are a chemical fix and it is reasonable to prescribe medications when someone is in an acute state but the continuation of drug therapy is always a challenge. The best alternative to drug therapy is ‘Talking Therapy’ which is offered through a number of modalities. Most of the talking therapies are prolonged or expensive and when the therapy is over it is often a matter of time before the difficulties reappear.

In recent years, a new form of therapy has emerged called cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) which has been proven to be the most effective form of therapy for many psychological disorders.

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CBT – What is it and what can it help with?

CBT also known as Cognitive Behavioural therapy is a talking therapy used to treat and help a broad range of psychological, emotional, behavioural and physical health conditions in adults, adolescents and children. The guiding principle of CBT is to look at how we think about a situation and how this will affect the way we behave. As a result, our behaviour can affect the way we think and feel. The aim of therapy will be the collaboration between the therapist and the client in order to change the way the client thinks and behaves in times of stress.

There is much research evidence suggesting that CBT can effectively treat disorders such as depression and anxiety. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) also recommends CBT for the treatment of:

  • anxiety disorders (including panic attacks and post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • depression
  • obsessive compulsive disorder
  • schizophrenia and psychosis
  • bipolar disorder

There is also good evidence that CBT is helpful in treating many other conditions, including:

  • chronic fatigue
  • behavioural difficulties in children
  • anxiety disorders in children
  • chronic pain
  • physical symptoms without a medical diagnosis
  • sleep difficulties
  • anger management

Fusion Therapeutics is able offer comprehensive CBT interventions to help clients address their psychological needs.