According to the publication Psychiatry Advisor, an increasing number of children and adolescents are currently being treated for developmental, emotional or behavioural problems. It is anticipated that the number is likely to increase with their exposure to social media and its effect on their identity, self-confidence and relationships.

CBT is a talking therapy conceived by Dr. Aaron Beck, (professor emeritus in the department of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania.) He established the world-renowned Beck Institute for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy in 1994. This therapy is now used widely throughout the world and is commonly used to treat:

  • General Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Low self-esteem
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Phobias
  • Stress
  • Behavioural difficulties (particularly effective with children and adolescents)

CBT helps people manage problems by changing the way they think and behave – it is highly structured, rooted in theory and the methodology is subject to rigorous empirical validation which is published in psychology and psychiatric academic journals worldwide. The format of each session is relaxed and informal – there are normally between 15 – 20 sessions, each of 45 – 60 minutes’ duration, followed by 2 or 3 follow up sessions after the therapy has ended. Children in particular benefit from CBT, (however those under the age of 7 are usually treated within family therapy sessions).

When choosing a therapist, ensure that you engage someone who is a professionally qualified psychologist, clinical social worker or professional counsellor who have obtained masters and /or doctoral degrees in psychology, have undergone specific training in cognitive behaviour therapy, and have gained practical experience.

Dorothy Foster – Profil Associates

CBT practitioner on the French Riviera