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This article on the BBC website is interesting.  Reading between the lines the targets themselves look to be fairly meaningless which is a shame.  However, raising the issue of mental health and associated therapy and counselling higher up the political agenda can only be a good thing.

Looking forward to checking out some of the events at Epsom mental health week (6th –  12th October 2014).  It all kicks off today at 10.15 at St Barnabas church which is in Temple Road, Epsom, Surrey, KT19 8HA.

Go to www.epsommentalhealthweek.org.uk for details of what’s on.  The panel discussion today “What it means to have good mental health” sounds interesting with respect to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy as the end target of CBT therapy is of course to hit the virtuous circle of positive mental well-being and break out of the vicious circle caused by anxiety and depression.

I’ll also be interesting in hearing the “New Developments in Mental Health Care” presentation.  CBT therapy and counselling are the big buzzwords in mental health at the moment and it will be interesting to hear what Fiona Edwards, Chief Executive of Surrey and Borders NHS Foundation Trust will be focusing on in her talk.


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is most commonly used to treat problems caused by anxiety or depression.   However, it is useful for a vast amount of conditions and has been used successfully to treat:

  • panic attacks
  • obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • eating disorders
  • phobias
  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • anger issues
  • sleep problems
  • persistent pain
  • sexual problems
  • relationship issues
  • bipolar affective disorder

CBT is a so-called talking therapy.  CBT is sometimes combined with drug therapy but usually a CBT therapist will be a psychologist whereas drugs are prescribed by a psychiatrist.   Cognitive Behavioural Therapy  is a combination of cognitive therapy, which focuses on the thinking process, and behavioural therapy, which focuses on helping to modify behavioural response to those thoughts.

Any psychological problem or issue which causes people to enter a vicious circle of negative thoughts – negative emotions – negative sensation – negative behaviour can theoretically be helped by CBT to break the cycle and enter a virtuous circle.


CBT Therapist Surrey - behaviour response circle

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