If you’re expecting me to shout, ‘Yes, yes, yes’! then you’d be wrong. From people who have phoned me and said, ‘I’ve tried that CBT stuff and hated it!’ to clients who, after a few sessions, simply didn’t like it, the answer is … it is not for everyone! In addition, I have found that CBT is not only better suited to some people more than others, but also to some types of issues.
If you go to someone who only practises CBT and you decide that it is not for you, then you would have to start from the beginning again with a different therapist.
Fortunately, however, if CBT is not for you, I will simply switch to a different and more suitable method. This flexibility also means that we will have many strategies to work though your issue(s).
The last century has seen the creation on many theoretical perspectives or styles of counselling and psychotherapy. These include:
Person Centred Therapy (PCT)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
and the newer :
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
Emotional Freedom Therapy (EFT)
They all have strengths and weaknesses.
Most therapists have trained in one style, which means that you and your problems will have to fit their one-size-fits-all spanner!
I have trained in a variety of styles – including the above mentioned main and newer styles of counselling and psychotherapy – and this flexible approach can make a tremendous difference. My years of experience have proved to me that, since people are individuals, they respond to different approaches.