Congnitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and how it could help you

What is CBT?

Of the variety of services available at the Sheffield Wellness Centre CBT is one of the more popular therapies. The evidence base for the therapy is extensive which has lead to it being one of the go-to non-medical therapies available.

Questions about CBT answered

CBT stands for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. The 'cognitive' part is to do with how you think and the 'behaviour' part is to do with how you act. It is a way of looking at your problems or difficulties. It aims to help you examine your thoughts and feelings, specifically in how you see yourself, others and the world around you.

Rather than looking at the past as a counsellor or psychotherapist might CBT instead is focused on the present and how changes in the present could positively affect the future. This is done by looking for patterns in thoughts and behaviours and finding better alternatives to the things that aren't delivering results.

As a talking therapy, CBT is a short term approach where the therapist, counsellor or psychotherapist helps the client to develop a problem solving attitude. The working relationship between the CBT practitioner and client is usually an equal one where the two work together in partnership.

CBT therapists available

Our reviews

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I was looking for a pregnancy massage near me and I found Laura at The Wellness Centre on Abbeydale Road. I was in quite a lot of pain with my pelvis and back and really in need of a relaxing massage. The massage itself was done on the floor on the most comfortable beanbag which I found very easy to relax into. The whole session was just amazing, I left feeling relaxed, uplifted and totally at ease. Thank you Laura!
Fi Hennessy
Fi Hennessy
21:50 31 Jul 18
Although based in Chesterfield I have been looking to expand my hypnotherapy practice into the Sheffield area but was having difficulty in locating a suitable therapy room for hire. I then decided to do a search for "therapy room for hire" and "hypnotherapy in Sheffield" and one of the options which came up was the Sheffield Wellness Centre on Abbeydale Road. When looking at the website, the premises looked exactly what I was looking for so I made an appointment to view. The Sheffield Wellness Centre exceeded my expectations. It is in a convenient location and has all the facilities I have been looking for, including an online booking service. The therapy rooms are tastefully decorated and furnished and it will be a pleasure to work with my clients there.
Lin Debenham
Lin Debenham
20:00 28 May 18
I loved the atmosphere of this place! Since the first contact, they were very welcoming and supportive. The location is perfect, surrounded by beautiful stores and a coffee shop, but still very quiet, like an island of peace in the middle of the city. The rooms were cosy, well isolated and perfectly fitted for any therapy. I loved the flexibility and openness to use the premises as well as all the support they offer to develop my personal practice. I'm looking forward to starting working with this beautiful team!
Esencias Patagonia
Esencias Patagonia
15:10 03 Apr 18
I met with Richard today to view the treatments rooms and the studio. What a lovely, calming, welcoming and comfortable place, with a generous touch of character! Richard was incredibly helpful and welcoming. I left feeling very excited at the prospect of using the premises for my classes and client sessions.
Maria Jones
Maria Jones
18:02 31 Mar 18
Richard showed me round with a view to using therapy space here, very good impression. It had a good feel and as a client it would be a space I`d be comfortable with. I think the space will be a pleasure to work in later this year-hopefully !
Jayne Tulip
Jayne Tulip
10:07 28 Mar 18
I met with Richard on Tuesday to have a look around the therapy rooms, I am hoping to start my private practice soon. Richard was extremley helpful and very informative with regards to his advice on the technical aspect of my business. The Wellness Centre has a gorgeous quirky, unique setting, and I'm very much looking forward beginning my therapy work here !!! Thank you Richard
Joanne Bacon
Joanne Bacon
21:01 10 Mar 18
I was extremely impressed when I first met Richard, he was kind, informative and genuinely interested in my profession, we chatted for ages and there was no rush. I was in need of a therapy space to work privately and was definitely not dissapointed once shown round the rooms. They are spacious, well equiped and a competitive rate per hour. Richard even went the extra mile (after listening to how I work) by buying and placing something in one the rooms which I can use with my clients. He did not need to do this, but shows how much he cares about the professionals and clients who come to the Wellness Centre. I am thrilled to be using the rooms at the Wellness Centre and look forward to what they hold for my clients. Thank you Richard!!
Sarah Brackenbury
Sarah Brackenbury
20:23 28 Feb 18
Richard showed me around the facilities yesterday. I was very impressed with the quality of the accommodation, cleanliness was excellent and the Therapy Rooms are well appointed. In brief a very welcoming and warm space to go for your chosen treatment.
Tim Cadman
Tim Cadman
12:10 22 Feb 18
On visiting the wellness center, I have decided it is very a good quality building to hold workshops and offer healing and counseling services. Richard is a lovely person to meet and looking forward to working at the center.
Meranda Thompson
Meranda Thompson
15:36 17 Feb 18
Great, dynamic area with a genuine community feel. The therapy rooms are perfect for any therapist looking for a professional and private space to work within. Clients will also appreciate being a space that is comfortable.
Erin Gallagher
Erin Gallagher
13:16 30 Jan 18
i used the Wellness Centre main room for a photoshoot ... The light was perfect, the environment clean and pleasing and the people lovely. It is a such a lovely environment in which to work and the calming and easy feel of the place unmistakable. While A photoshoot is not the primary role of the Wellness Centre I can highly recommend it should you want to use it as such ... And other wise ... It is just a lovely calming environment to use and the guys who run it lovely!!!!
Bartonchasemedia
Bartonchasemedia
14:17 23 Jan 18
Lovely peaceful premises, beautifully kept. Run by the most lovely, helpful and friendly people. A great place to come for any type of treatment or to hire the rooms. If only more places were run as well as this one! Fantastic!
Hooha Photography
Hooha Photography
18:47 22 Jan 18
I went to this space to check out the yoga room. It is clean and beautiful. I cannot wait to start classes here!
Joanna Ferret
Joanna Ferret
19:54 21 Jan 18
Lovely yoga room perfect for small classes or workshops. Looking forward to doing some yoga there soon!
Emma Pickering
Emma Pickering
18:43 16 Jan 18
Lovely therapy rooms for hire. The centre is set in a peaceful and calm environment away from the hustle and bustle. Beautifully decorated. Professional and well run, easy to access for therapists looking to book a room for private practice.
Katherine Hildyard
Katherine Hildyard
13:10 10 Jan 18
What a wonderful space! We had a great time at baby yoga, Fi is wonderful. I will be back for more of the lovely things on offer!
Audrey Campbell
Audrey Campbell
07:25 15 Nov 17
I had a wonderful experience with Richard, He is very friendly, I found it really easy to talk to him. He has all the qualities of a Good Hypnotherapist. I would recommend all my friends to him. And trust me it was first time I met him and it was great.
Andleeb mobz
Andleeb mobz
16:00 28 Sep 17
Richard has helped me greatly with my anxiety. For years I struggled to leave my comfort zone by changing my job and I dreaded having to have an interview. However using the hypnosis tools he gave me I felt calm and confident during the interview and got the job! I now feel better equipped to handle situations that previously would have caused me a lot of anxiety. The clinic is in a lovely, relaxed setting and Richard puts you at ease straight away, making the whole process feel easy. He records the sessions so you can listen to them whenever you need to which I found to be really beneficial and definitely money well spent. I would recommend anyone who needs help with anxiety or any issues to go and see Richard and give hypnosis a try.
Sarah Mayland
Sarah Mayland
17:17 18 Aug 17
I want to say a huge thanks to Richard he is amazing person and I am very pleased working with Richard ! I can't believe how I am change I mean my attitude and behaviour with my food , in the past I try 1000 diet and SlimmingWorld and weight watchers etc , yes it helps to losing weight but for temporary, but with hypnotherapy sessions you can start control what you eating and how much ! I always having sweets after every single meal even if I was full but now I don't need it!!!! I had 2 hypnotherapy sessions and I am very very satisfied. I am so grateful I meet Rich in my life I know it's not very cheap but believe me it worse it every single penny!!!!!! Thanks Richard!
rita bloma
rita bloma
17:40 13 Aug 17
Pamper PartyWhat a great idea! A bit of ‘me time’, in the most wonderfully relaxing surroundings. The Wellness Centre has such a relaxed, homely feel to it - much nicer than my actual home, as it is clean, tidy and welcoming! The atmosphere immediately put me at ease, I absolutely loved having time to chill out, chat and eat cake. Fi is the perfect hostess, making sure that we all had everything we needed, with her wonderful warm and caring manner. It was great to be able to choose what particular treatment or massage I wanted on the day. I surprised myself by trying something new and going for the hot stones massage, and I’m so glad I did. It was amazing, so deep and yet so gentle. It was really nice to experience my massage while listening to everyone else chatting happily, too. I completely recommend this if you are looking for the perfect excuse to have some guilt free time to yourself.
Lucy Bishton
Lucy Bishton
12:33 02 Aug 17

How many sessions will I need?

Everyone is an individual so there is no categorical answer to this question. Some people will see a CBT practitioner for 6 sessions because that is how many the NHS have allocated for that person. It is possible to see improvement within this time scale but some people may need more sessions than this. Each session usually lasts just under an hour. Sessions are usually held at weekly or fortnightly intervals.

Part of CBT is practise which is done in the time between face to face sessions. This homework may involve diary keeping or practising thought or breathing techniques.

What issues can it help with?

There is a growing evidence base that CBT can help with a wide variety of issues. The most common applications of CBT is for anxiety, depression and post traumatic stress disorder.
Other issues CBT can be used for include:

  • Chronic pain

  • Drug problems

  • Eating disorders

  • Anger issues

  • Depression

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome

What does the process involve?

Beating The Blues online CBTCBT often happens one on one but it is possible for there to be group sessions and there are also online programmes that are CBT based. Two notable examples of online treatments are called Fear Fighter which as the name suggests has a focus on fears and phobias. The other online course is called Beating the Blues and is designed to address depression.

If you are working one on one with a cognitive behavioural therapist the two of you will work in partnership to identify the scale and scope of the issue you would like help with.

As a part of this process the two of you will identify the different elements or chunks of the problem. Through working together you will be able to examine what is working for you and what is not. This will lead to ideas and approaches that could help you to change the unhelpful aspects.

In the beginning of the process the practitioner will be more likely to be an active participant in the structuring of the sessions and homework but later on, the client is more likely to be the one taking responsibility for what happens in the sessions. The plan is that by the end of the process the client will be able to be independent and successful in tackling the situations that were previously difficult.

How does it work?

CBT uses the idea that actions, sensations, feelings and thoughts are related and connected. It claims that negative thoughts can lead to a vicious cycle. CBT focuses on the meaning that people attach to things. For example it may be that in a conversation with someone the other person looks bored. It could be that when this is noticed by the other person they think

“Oh, they look bored. That must mean that they hate me and think I am boring”

This assumption may not be true but if it is believed to be true it can have a negative impact. CBT helps a person to identify what it is they are doing in their thoughts that could be impacting on their life and to change these thoughts.

CBT has borrowed from other disciplines such as Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and adopted the concept of “chunking down” or taking a big problem and dividing it into it’s components and then looking at tools and techniques that can address each chunk.
This page from Psych Central is a great if you want to read in more depth about CBT and how it works.

What are the chances of success?

Cognitive behaviour therapy can be very effective for some people but is not a magic bullet and will not work for everyone. It can be very effective in tackling depression and anxiety issues as well. CBT has even been shown to help the way some people deal with the consequences of tinnitus. It can be as effective as medication for depression.

What homework will I be given?

Doing work outside of the sessions is an essential element of the process. To begin with, some of the homework assignments may be to do with identifying situations when certain thoughts, feelings or behaviour occur. Later in the process, the focus might be on approaches or techniques that would be better alternatives for past behaviour.

The pros and cons of CBT

  • You remain in control of the process and what you tackle and if it suits you.
  • It is a great medication free option which means it can be a plausible option for many
    compared to talking therapies like counselling and psychotherapy CBT can be completed in a much shorter time scale.
  • CBT is available in a variety of different styles including one to one, groups and virtually which makes it very flexible.
  • The tools and techniques developed within the sessions can still be relevant and useful long after treatment has finished.

Read reviews

I was looking for a pregnancy massage near me and I found Laura at The Wellness Centre on Abbeydale Road. I was in quite a lot of pain with my pelvis and back and really in need of a relaxing massage. The massage itself was done on the floor on the most comfortable beanbag which I found very easy to relax into. The whole session was just amazing, I left feeling relaxed, uplifted and totally at ease. Thank you Laura!
Fi Hennessy
Fi Hennessy
21:50 31 Jul 18
Although based in Chesterfield I have been looking to expand my hypnotherapy practice into the Sheffield area but was having difficulty in locating a suitable therapy room for hire. I then decided to do a search for "therapy room for hire" and "hypnotherapy in Sheffield" and one of the options which came up was the Sheffield Wellness Centre on Abbeydale Road. When looking at the website, the premises looked exactly what I was looking for so I made an appointment to view. The Sheffield Wellness Centre exceeded my expectations. It is in a convenient location and has all the facilities I have been looking for, including an online booking service. The therapy rooms are tastefully decorated and furnished and it will be a pleasure to work with my clients there.
Lin Debenham
Lin Debenham
20:00 28 May 18
I loved the atmosphere of this place! Since the first contact, they were very welcoming and supportive. The location is perfect, surrounded by beautiful stores and a coffee shop, but still very quiet, like an island of peace in the middle of the city. The rooms were cosy, well isolated and perfectly fitted for any therapy. I loved the flexibility and openness to use the premises as well as all the support they offer to develop my personal practice. I'm looking forward to starting working with this beautiful team!
Esencias Patagonia
Esencias Patagonia
15:10 03 Apr 18
I met with Richard today to view the treatments rooms and the studio. What a lovely, calming, welcoming and comfortable place, with a generous touch of character! Richard was incredibly helpful and welcoming. I left feeling very excited at the prospect of using the premises for my classes and client sessions.
Maria Jones
Maria Jones
18:02 31 Mar 18
Richard showed me round with a view to using therapy space here, very good impression. It had a good feel and as a client it would be a space I`d be comfortable with. I think the space will be a pleasure to work in later this year-hopefully !
Jayne Tulip
Jayne Tulip
10:07 28 Mar 18
I met with Richard on Tuesday to have a look around the therapy rooms, I am hoping to start my private practice soon. Richard was extremley helpful and very informative with regards to his advice on the technical aspect of my business. The Wellness Centre has a gorgeous quirky, unique setting, and I'm very much looking forward beginning my therapy work here !!! Thank you Richard
Joanne Bacon
Joanne Bacon
21:01 10 Mar 18
I was extremely impressed when I first met Richard, he was kind, informative and genuinely interested in my profession, we chatted for ages and there was no rush. I was in need of a therapy space to work privately and was definitely not dissapointed once shown round the rooms. They are spacious, well equiped and a competitive rate per hour. Richard even went the extra mile (after listening to how I work) by buying and placing something in one the rooms which I can use with my clients. He did not need to do this, but shows how much he cares about the professionals and clients who come to the Wellness Centre. I am thrilled to be using the rooms at the Wellness Centre and look forward to what they hold for my clients. Thank you Richard!!
Sarah Brackenbury
Sarah Brackenbury
20:23 28 Feb 18
Richard showed me around the facilities yesterday. I was very impressed with the quality of the accommodation, cleanliness was excellent and the Therapy Rooms are well appointed. In brief a very welcoming and warm space to go for your chosen treatment.
Tim Cadman
Tim Cadman
12:10 22 Feb 18
On visiting the wellness center, I have decided it is very a good quality building to hold workshops and offer healing and counseling services. Richard is a lovely person to meet and looking forward to working at the center.
Meranda Thompson
Meranda Thompson
15:36 17 Feb 18
Great, dynamic area with a genuine community feel. The therapy rooms are perfect for any therapist looking for a professional and private space to work within. Clients will also appreciate being a space that is comfortable.
Erin Gallagher
Erin Gallagher
13:16 30 Jan 18
i used the Wellness Centre main room for a photoshoot ... The light was perfect, the environment clean and pleasing and the people lovely. It is a such a lovely environment in which to work and the calming and easy feel of the place unmistakable. While A photoshoot is not the primary role of the Wellness Centre I can highly recommend it should you want to use it as such ... And other wise ... It is just a lovely calming environment to use and the guys who run it lovely!!!!
Bartonchasemedia
Bartonchasemedia
14:17 23 Jan 18
Lovely peaceful premises, beautifully kept. Run by the most lovely, helpful and friendly people. A great place to come for any type of treatment or to hire the rooms. If only more places were run as well as this one! Fantastic!
Hooha Photography
Hooha Photography
18:47 22 Jan 18
I went to this space to check out the yoga room. It is clean and beautiful. I cannot wait to start classes here!
Joanna Ferret
Joanna Ferret
19:54 21 Jan 18
Lovely yoga room perfect for small classes or workshops. Looking forward to doing some yoga there soon!
Emma Pickering
Emma Pickering
18:43 16 Jan 18
Lovely therapy rooms for hire. The centre is set in a peaceful and calm environment away from the hustle and bustle. Beautifully decorated. Professional and well run, easy to access for therapists looking to book a room for private practice.
Katherine Hildyard
Katherine Hildyard
13:10 10 Jan 18
What a wonderful space! We had a great time at baby yoga, Fi is wonderful. I will be back for more of the lovely things on offer!
Audrey Campbell
Audrey Campbell
07:25 15 Nov 17
I had a wonderful experience with Richard, He is very friendly, I found it really easy to talk to him. He has all the qualities of a Good Hypnotherapist. I would recommend all my friends to him. And trust me it was first time I met him and it was great.
Andleeb mobz
Andleeb mobz
16:00 28 Sep 17
Richard has helped me greatly with my anxiety. For years I struggled to leave my comfort zone by changing my job and I dreaded having to have an interview. However using the hypnosis tools he gave me I felt calm and confident during the interview and got the job! I now feel better equipped to handle situations that previously would have caused me a lot of anxiety. The clinic is in a lovely, relaxed setting and Richard puts you at ease straight away, making the whole process feel easy. He records the sessions so you can listen to them whenever you need to which I found to be really beneficial and definitely money well spent. I would recommend anyone who needs help with anxiety or any issues to go and see Richard and give hypnosis a try.
Sarah Mayland
Sarah Mayland
17:17 18 Aug 17
I want to say a huge thanks to Richard he is amazing person and I am very pleased working with Richard ! I can't believe how I am change I mean my attitude and behaviour with my food , in the past I try 1000 diet and SlimmingWorld and weight watchers etc , yes it helps to losing weight but for temporary, but with hypnotherapy sessions you can start control what you eating and how much ! I always having sweets after every single meal even if I was full but now I don't need it!!!! I had 2 hypnotherapy sessions and I am very very satisfied. I am so grateful I meet Rich in my life I know it's not very cheap but believe me it worse it every single penny!!!!!! Thanks Richard!
rita bloma
rita bloma
17:40 13 Aug 17
Pamper PartyWhat a great idea! A bit of ‘me time’, in the most wonderfully relaxing surroundings. The Wellness Centre has such a relaxed, homely feel to it - much nicer than my actual home, as it is clean, tidy and welcoming! The atmosphere immediately put me at ease, I absolutely loved having time to chill out, chat and eat cake. Fi is the perfect hostess, making sure that we all had everything we needed, with her wonderful warm and caring manner. It was great to be able to choose what particular treatment or massage I wanted on the day. I surprised myself by trying something new and going for the hot stones massage, and I’m so glad I did. It was amazing, so deep and yet so gentle. It was really nice to experience my massage while listening to everyone else chatting happily, too. I completely recommend this if you are looking for the perfect excuse to have some guilt free time to yourself.
Lucy Bishton
Lucy Bishton
12:33 02 Aug 17

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What if the symptoms come back?

There is no guarantee with any technique that the problem won’t come back. That being said the techniques developed during CBT sessions can be used in future if symptoms return. Familiarity with the techniques and with being symptom-free will increase the chances of remaining so in the future.

How can I see a cognitive behavioural therapist?

The best starting point would be to see your GP. It is possible that they would be able to refer you for CBT on the NHS. However, it is likely that there would be a considerable waiting list for availability and there would a limited number of sessions available which would possibly be insufficient to fully tackle the issue.

It would be worth checking the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies and National Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapists websites as they have a database of therapists who they have accredited. A third option would be to take a look at The British Psychological Society (BPS) website as they have a list of psychologists who specialise in CBT.

An alternative that costs significantly less would be to combine self-help with CBT. There are many books available and videos online that use CBT techniques to help people to bring about their own changes. This can be less effective as there is no therapist to guide and facilitate the process.