West Suffolk Clinical Psychology Services

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We offer a dedicated out-patient clinical psychology service in the centre of Bury St Edmunds. Within this clinic we offer the following services.

• Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
• Clinical Supervision
• Cognitive assessments (IQ reports)
• Medico-legal work (court reports)
• Trauma-focussed CBT
• Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR)
• Parks Inner Child Therapy (for victims of sexual abuse)
• Therapy for individuals with high-functioning autism
• Workshops in CBT
• Mindfulness-based CBT
• CBT for children and adolescents

We can offer face-to-face appointments or appointments via Zoom.

If you would like an appointment via zoom, then we will be able to offer you an assessment wherever you are based, from the UK to the USA.

What is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)?

Although the popular press describes CBT as a new powerful therapy is not a new approach. In fact, more accurately, it is a constellation/mixture of many ideas, some new and some others that have literally been around for centuries. CBT seeks to help you understand in a straight forward, logical way how your emotional problems have occurred and what you can do to reduce your emotional distress and suffering. For the interventions (coping strategies and other exercises) used in CBT to work successfully for you, you will need to become aware of key ideas used in a CBT approach.

Scientific measurement in CBT

Strictly speaking, CBT is a scientific approach (an approach based on logical and reasoned thought) and as such it will have outcomes (results) that can be predicted and measured. It is only by measuring outcomes that we are able to ascertain (work out) if what we are doing is creating improvements for us. The number of outcome measurements can be considerable, however common measurements tend to be connected to how we feel, (e.g., the intensity of our anxiety), the rigidity of our thinking (e.g., how much we believe that something that we fear is true), and how long we spend engaging in particular mental processes, (e.g., worry). A selection of measurement tools are provided for your use within this website, within your sessions and within our books. At first sight, many interventions that we offer may appear counter-intuitive (go against what you might expect) or paradoxical. Equally, other ideas utilised may seem so obvious that you will end up kicking yourself for not working them out by yourself.

Thinking About Your Thinking

A fundamental aspect of CBT is self-observation. Standing back mentally and thinking about your own thinking processes will enable you to increase your awareness of your thoughts, feelings and behaviours, particularly when you are feeling distressed. Observation can assist you to become aware of the cycles that you engage in that may lead to you feeling anxious and to help you to take an exploratory approach to your problems and to your own thinking processes. When you are able to think about your thinking you will not need to be bound by the minds content and the minds automatic processes, (Ridgeway & Manning, 2008).

Relapse prevention in CBT

It could be suggested in CBT that reflecting on the processes that occur as you carry out the interventions that we offer you is fundamental. We suggest this because self-reflection (thinking about your own thinking) will improve your ability to learn, and you will continue to increase the number of neural connections (connections between brain cells that aid your thinking) in your brain. The more you use self-reflection processes and engage in new behaviours the less likely it will be that you relapse in the future.

Common types of problems that people find CBT useful for are:

• Anxiety and panic attacks
• Depression
• Obsessional Compulsive Disorder
• Gereralised Anxiety Disorder
• Anger and relationship difficulties
• Personality Disorders
• Psychosis
• Trauma such as PTSD or sexual abuse
• Insomnia
• Eating Disorders
• Work related stress
• Health anxiety
• Social anxiety
• Phobias