• ABOUT US

    We offer confidential, supportive and above all practical CBT counselling and training to help you deal with whatever you are facing. We offer face-to-face counselling, video counselling and group sessions. We also run training programmes for professionals and the general public across the UK and Ireland.

  • Accreditation

    We operate within the major professional frameworks for UK psychology, counselling and CBT

    Associate Fellow of the BPS and Chartered Psychologist

    We adhere to the BPS code of ethics and associated professional regulatory frameworks.

    Fully Accredited by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists

    Professional

    Our lead therapist is fully accredited by the leading CBT professional body. BABCP offers accreditation for Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapists, Supervisors, Trainers and Psychological Wellbeing practitioners.

    Verified by Psychology Today

    Professional

    Psychology Today's directory provides a comprehensive directory of therapists, psychiatrists and treatment facilities near you. 'Verified' means they have checked the licence status of the therapist as being valid.

  • Education

    University of Glasgow

    1979-83

    First Class Honours in Psychology

    University of Oxford

    1983-87

    Doctorate in Psychology

    University of Bolton

    2015-2016

    Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

  • What is CBT?

    What is 'Cognitive Behavioural Therapy'?   

    What's involved?

    Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (or 'CBT', for short) is a practical form of talking therapy which helps people deal with their problems by changing some of the ways the person thinks and behaves. It doesn't delve deeply into your childhood and early experiences but instead focuses on the here and now, and on practical help for the future. CBT tends not to focus on any 'deep' causes of distress, but rather on the patterns of thoughts and behaviours which are maintaining that distress.

    Will it work for me?

    Everyone is different. But the evidence suggests that CBT is usually one of the best approaches for anyone who wants an effective practical approach to current difficulties that focuses on the relief of symptoms and developing a 'toolkit' to prevent relapses in the future. CBT is effective in a whole range of areas including Depression, Anxiety, Anger Management and much more. It can also help with weight management, fear of flying, addictions and relationship problems.

    How can I find out more?

    There are many sites online which give you the flavour of CBT but one of the key things to remember is that with a therapist you will able to work together collaboratively to find the best solution for you. CBT is used extensively in the NHS and you can find out more on CBT from their website by clicking here

    Do you offer therapy via skype?

    Yes, in line with several professionally qualified practitioners we offer CBT for some issues over video-conferencing. However, we normally do not use Skype but prefer the more secure and robust system, Zoom. Please contact us via the section below if you would like to discuss this further

    Do you offer home visits?

    In exceptional cases we are able to offer home visits in the Greater Manchester and Lancashire area. Please contact us below for further details.

    Do you offer weekend sessions?

    In some cases we can offer weekend sessions. These are more expensive than our standard sessions due to clinician availability and room bookings.

    How much do you charge?

    We charge £75 per 50-minute session. Couples sessions are £90. Our video sessions by Zoom are £60 per 50-minute session.

  • Book An appointment now

    Click below to go to our online booking area. You can request an appointment to suit your schedule

    Select your appointment and we will get back to you to confirm or offer an alternative.

  • Our corporate training programmes

    Help your organisation deal with mental health and well being challenges. Contact us via the form below for more information.

    Tackling Unhelpful Thinking Styles

    Break the vicious circles that fuel low mood and anxiety in the workplace

    When a person experiences an unhelpful emotion (eg, depression or anxiety), it is often preceded by a number of unhelpful self-statements and thoughts. These frequently form an unconscious pattern and can become automatic, known as Unhelpful Thinking Styles (or UTSs). Our one-day programme will help all staff understand how perspectives that might have worked well for them in the past, have the potential to backfire.

    Mental Health Support for Leaders

    Support your company's key staff on well being and resilience issues

    Everyone needs support in complex, changing environments, particularly those with responsibilities for other staff. Our one-day workshop will help your leader think more clearly about how the manage themselves and their teams - and develop plans to put that undertstanding into action.

  • "Anger is like drinking a poison and then waiting for the other person to die"

    Carrie Fisher

  • Areas of Practice

    We cover all major psychological difficulties. Here are some of the main areas we specialise in. Please note we currently do not treat anyone under 18 years of age.

    Anxiety

    We offer support and a practical way forward through CBT for clients who are experiencing general anxiety and worry, PTSD, phobias, social anxiety and health anxiety.

    Depression

    We help clients who are suffering from depression whether it feels like a reaction to a specific event or loss, or whether it seems to have no obvious trigger. By focusing on what is maintaining feelings of sadness, hopelessness or despair rather than what originally caused them we offer clients a practical evidenced-based route to relief.

    Anger Management

    We all get angry from time to time, but we help clients who are experiencing enduring or intense periods of resentment, frustration and exasperation. Left unchecked anger can damage relationships, employment and reputation. We can provide practical help to manage anger and help reduce the perspectives that keep people on edge and unhappy.

    Practical Well being

    Sometimes we look after our cars better than we look after ourselves. Certainly we all spend more time keeping physically fit than we do psychologically fit. The good news is that while keeping physically fit can be expensive and exhausting, keeping psychologically fit can be fun, soothing and revealing.

    Fear of Flying (Aerophobia)

    Fear of flying affects around 6% of the population to such an extent that it makes flying very stressful or impossible. We can help you overcome your fears and allow you to travel in a much more relaxed way, and free to enjoy your holiday or business trip.

    Relationship stress and breakup

    Relationships are a source of great happiness and contentment, but also of stress, depression and hurt. If you are going through a difficult period, or have recently come out of a relationship and feeling depressed and anxious, we can help.

    Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

    PTSD as the name suggests occurs when an individual has had a traumatic experience in the past, but is still affected by it now often through nightmares and flashbacks. There may be other symptoms such as depression, insomnia, anger, irritability and guilt. CBT can help by supporting the sufferer to re-process the experience and relate to it differently.

    Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

    Everyone thinks "Did I lock the door?" or "Did I turn off the gas?" from time to time. Everyone has had the experience of being troubled by uninvited thoughts that are upsetting or invasive. And many sports stars have their special rituals before a match or race. For some people however obsessive thoughts or compulsive acts can become hugely debilitating. CBT can help by helping people face their concerns and tackle the thinking which maintains these upsetting experiences.

  • Our most recent workshop

    Advanced self care for counsellors and therapists – Saturday 29 September 1-4pm – Greater Manchester.
     

    This event builds on our very successful events on refreshing self care. Booking details to follow.

     

    Self Care Refresher for Therapists and Counsellors - Workshop 20 June 2018 - Holiday Inn, Bolton

    Thank you to everyone who attended. A fantastic event that focused on shared experience and solutions. Here are just some of the comments delegates made about the event.

     

    "Excellent overview. Great Case Studies"

    "Very Informative"

    "This was a very good refresher course. Providing an overall view of the major topics of burnout and self care. I found it highly informative on many levels"

    "Within the limitation of the 2 hour presentation I do not think it could have been improved - Informative and educational"

    "Thought provoking"

    "grounded in research"

    "good resources provided"

    "Very interesting Good knowledge and excellent research"

  • Video Therapy

    We offer video therapy for clients who are busy or just generally comfortable with technology. We use Zoom rather than Skype for video sessions for security and accessibility reasons. Normally we only offer video sessions for clients we have already met face to face. However, if you would like only video sessions please contact us using the form at the bottom of this page. 

    We are fully committed to group therapy where you can discuss your issues with others facing similar challenges.

  • Group Therapy

    Group therapy allows you to explore issues affecting you with like minded people.

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  • Contact us

    Practical CBT operates primarily in the Lancashire and Greater Manchester areas. However, we also offer CBT via the Zoom video system. Contact us through the form below if you would like a no obligation discussion on how we might be able to help.

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  • About Our Company

    'Practical CBT' is a trading name of Hampshire Global Ltd Companies Registration Number: 08534602

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