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People seek assessment for many reasons. Usually due to a combination of concerns over mood changes, especially anxiety and depression, physical symptoms associated with stress or ill-health, problems in making and maintaining relationships, doubts about one’s abilities, problems with memory and thinking or problems with behaviour.
A competent and relevant psychological assessment is fundamental in pinpointing specific difficulties however subtle, and provides the basis for sound psychological advice.
Advice based on a thorough psychological assessment is invaluable in helping people move forward from their presenting difficulties. Often just finding out in more detail about the exact nature of their difficulties can help people. Individuals can be advised on appropriate coping strategies and support systems to meet their needs. Equally so, advice can be used to access more support in some cases.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is based on the idea that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviours, not external things, like people, situations and events. The benefit of this is we can change the way we think in order to feel or behave differently, it doesn’t matter whether the situation changes or not.
Compared to some other therapies, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is considered brief. The average number of sessions clients receive (across all sorts of problems and approaches to CBT), is only 16. Other forms of therapy, like psychoanalysis, can take years.
In Cognitive Behavioural Therapy the therapist and the client work together to find out what the client’s goals are and then the therapist helps the client to achieve those goals. The therapist’s role is to listen, teach and encourage, while the client’s role is to express concerns, learn and implement that learning.