CBT in Cheshire


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) as the most effective way to treat many problems. Many studies have demonstrated that CBT is as effective as medication for many common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.

CBT explores the relationship between your thought, feelings and behaviour and the impact that these are currently having on you. The aim of therapy is to help you to develop new strategies to manage your problems. It involves you working together with your therapist to improve your life and your current experience. As a result you will develop a range of skills and tools to use to help gain freedom from your problems and then you are more likely to be able to maintain the improvements after therapy. 

Compassion Focused Therapy


I offer a unique blend of Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). These approaches can be used together, or can be equally effective on their own. 


However, in the majority of circumstances, I will draw from both techniques in my work with clients. 


About Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) 


Paul Gilbert created Compassion-Focused Therapy to specifically address shame and self-criticism, drawing on evolutionary, social, developmental, attachment and Buddhist psychology and neuroscience.


CFT aims to help you to develop skills in compassion and self-compassion, which help you feel safe and more at ease in the world.

Your unique life history 


In our work together, we will begin to understand your experiences in early life.


By understanding your unique history, we can begin to explore what messages you learned about yourself and the world. We can explore the coping strategies you've put in place to help deal with these experiences and the possible unintended consequences of these strategies in your current life. 


We learn to bring compassion to all of this. By doing this, over time, CFT replaces feelings of shame and insecurity with compassion and understanding, so that we can begin to soothe ourselves, accept soothing from others, and generate feelings of contentment and safety in our lives. 


What problems can CBT and CFT help with?

​CBT has been shown to be effective with many problems including:

  • Phobias 

  • Social Anxiety

  • Health Anxiety

  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder (which is characterised by excessive worry)

  • Depression

  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder


Compassion-focused therapy (CFT) looks to help those who struggle with shame and self-criticism. Often these can be the driving forces behind other mental health conditions like anxiety and depression.

Compassion Focused Therapy is especially useful if you experience: 


  • Shame 

  • Self-criticism

  • Low self-esteem or negative self-talk 

  • Anger

  • A history of physical or emotional abuse or neglect

  • Difficulties trusting others

  • Sadness

  • An inability to be kind or compassionate towards yourself

  • People pleasing

  • Abuse

  • Bullying

  • Attachment issues

  • Early trauma 

  • And those who work too hard or find it difficult to stop.