The CBT Assessment is a crucial ingredient to our excellent treatment success rates. Therapy can only be successful if the problem is identified correctly and by working on the root cause, rather than simply addressing the symptoms of the problem.
The CBT Clinic always ensures that we treat each and every client as an individual. We love getting to know you better, understanding your background and current issues, as this helps us to tailor your treatment package to your needs. By the end of this assessment we will be able to ascertain if you are suitable for CBT therapy and also give you a diagnosis as to the root cause of the problem (not just focusing on the symptoms).
We are thorough in our approach and will never engage in therapy without the CBT Assessment, as our highly skilled CBT experts know how important this stage is for your therapy.
What is the CBT Assessment?
The CBT Assessment is a 70-90 minute session, where the client and the CBT Therapy Expert will go through a range of factors to learn more about you as a person and about your current problem. The CBT Assessment is carried out via phone initially, due to the number of factors we have to check and the assessment being typed during the session, however, if you are found suitable for the therapy then you have a choice if you would like to commence therapy via phone or Face-to-Face sessions.
Some of the areas we explore in the CBT Assessment include:
- Checking for any Long-term physical conditions.
- Checking for any disabilities.
- Exploring the area you want to work on in treatment.
- Going through a 'specific situation' in depth using the CBT based '5 Areas Model', which helps the therapist to understand the underlying factors that maybe causing the current issues.
This is a key component of the CBT Assessment.
The therapist will also try to identify specifically which type of Anxiety you are experiencing, as the type of anxiety is an important factor for determining which CBT therapy techniques are used in treatment.
Onset of the problem (dates).
- Checking for any previous episodes of Anxiety or Depression.
- Exploring factors which you feel may have triggered or contributed to the Anxiety or Depression.
- Identifying your goals in treatment, so that the therapist can work with you to achieve these throughout the CBT treatment.
- Checking if you have had any past CBT therapy or Counselling.
- Gathering information on the medication you may be taking for Anxiety or Depression.
- Gathering information on Caffeine & Alcohol intake and checking your Nicotine consumption.
As you can see, our Initial Assessment is very thorough, but we strongly believe this has helped us to get the excellent results in treatment, as your therapy is tailored to your needs, and not the one-size fits all approach regularly adopted by the NHS CBT therapy services.
What happens after the CBT Assessment?
After the CBT Assessment, the therapist maybe able to give you the assessment outcome straight away, or within 24 hours if they need to discuss your case with a colleague.
The possible Assessment Outcomes are:
Suitable - This means that CBT therapy is suited to your current problem and is the best type of therapy to help you overcome the current problems.
In addition, we will also give you a diagnosis as to what the root cause of the problem maybe, for example, is it depression or anxiety? (although these 2 go hand-in-hand, how you work on each of them is completely different), and if it is anxiety which of the 5 anxiety types is yours specifically? (the anxiety type will govern your journey through therapy and the CBT techniques we use in therapy).
Furthermore, if you are suitable we are indirectly saying that we feel we can get you some excellent results in therapy. Our success rate is 92% to make a full recovery, and this is largely due to the way we do therapy and the techniques we have tried and tested over the years.
Once you have been found suitable, you are able to commence with your CBT therapy sessions.
Not Suitable - This means that from the factors in the CBT Assessment we DO NOT feel that CBT therapy would be beneficial for your current problems, as there maybe a better type of therapy more suited to help you to overcome the current problems you maybe experiencing.
Clients who are found UNSUITABLE for our service are fully supported and signposted to services we feel that maybe better geared up to support you with your current problems. These services are more than likely based locally, would require you to self-refer, and maybe free or services which incur a charge for therapy.