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Animal Osteopathy

The principles of osteopathy are equally applicable to animals, whether domestic pets or high performance competition horses.

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

What is CBT?


CBT, or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, is a talking therapy, which has been proved to help treat a wide range of emotional and physical health conditions in adults, young people and children.

In any situation, how we think (cognitive thinking) influences how we feel and what we do in response.  When we experience distress, the way we respond with our thoughts, feelings and behaviour, can intensify our problems and we may feel stuck in certain patterns. CBT can help you to have an understanding of your responses to stress, and how they have developed. It can also help you develop more appropriate responses.

Unlike other therapies, CBT focuses mostly on the present to help you change how you respond to, and manage, problems. We look at what you have learned in the past, consider whether that response is still helpful, and if not, help you develop more balanced ways of thinking and behaving which are more realistic and help you feel better. Shorter-term than other types of psychotherapy, the goal of CBT is to provide you with new skills and responses, enabling you to become your own therapist and deal more successfully with future challenges.

What problems does CBT help with?

The government’s National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends CBT in the treatment of the following conditions:
- anxiety disorders (including panic attacks and post-traumatic stress disorder)
- depression
- obsessive compulsive disorder

There is also good evidence that CBT is helpful in treating many other conditions, including:
- chronic fatigue
- chronic pain
- physical symptoms without a medical diagnosis
- sleep difficulties
- anger management

For more information about CBT go to the BABCP (British Association of Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies) website.

Our CBT Therapists

Sandra Abbott

Sandra Sandra has over 10 years experience in counselling and is accredited to the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, the lead organisation in UK for regulating the profession. This provides your assurance that she adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards in helping you deal with your problems. She continues to maintain and upgrade her knowledge through regular post-graduate training, including issues such as eating disorders, dealing with bullying and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

Nicola Smith

NicolaNicola Smith is a BABCP accredited practitioner in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) having qualified at Kings College, London in 2003. She is also accredited in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) - a powerful and relatively new therapeutic technique, which has helped many thousands of people overcome the effects of trauma and other emotional difficulties. She has worked with a wide variety of problems, but has a particular interest in dealing with trauma and anxiety.

The Ashgrove Clinic

Our clinic is located in Higham Ferrers, close to Rushden, Northamptonshire.  We are also within easy reach of Northampton, Wellingborough, Bedford, Kimbolton and Kettering.

If you are considering counselling and have any questions or concerns please contact us today. We also undertake counselling as part of the EAP (Employer Assistance Programme).