Getting started



Cambridge CBT is able to offer therapy to both children and adults. Cambridge CBT accepts referrals from individuals who would like to refer themselves, GP’s, local Consultant Psychiatrists, other therapy practitioners and Insurance companies.


In order to decide if CBT is the right kind of therapy you will in the first instance be offered an assessment appointment. This appointment will last approximately one hour. During the assessment you will be asked a number of questions pertaining to the following areas:

  • Your presenting problem
  • How long you have had the problem
  • What started or has contributed to the problem
  • A general overview of your history since you were born
  • What are your goals and objectives for a course of therapy

You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. You are welcome to attend the assessment appointment on your own or if you feel more comfortable you can bring a friend or family member. All young people must be accompanied by a parent in the first instance.

At the end of the assessment you will be able to decide whether you would like to go ahead and book a course of treatment and it is usually possible to give you an approximation of how many sessions you might need at this point.


Once you have decided that you would like to have a course of therapy and it has been decided that CBT/EMDR is the right kind of therapy for you, you can then book into a treatment slot. For the most part therapy is a weekly process. You will be allocated a specific treatment slot which will be on the same day and at the same time every week. All treatment sessions last approximately 50 minutes.

At every session you will review how your week has gone, you will review any homework set, you will decide what aspect of your difficulties you would like to work on and then at the end further homework will be agreed.

Ideally you will remain in your treatment slot until you have met your own therapy goals and objectives.

It is always quite useful to bring a notebook and pen with you in order to write any thing down and to record homework set.

CBT is a very active therapy and most people are successful if they attend regularly, complete homework as agreed and are prepared to change the way in which they both behave and think. Cambridge CBT is able to offer CBT/EMDR for the following difficulties:

  • Depression, mood difficulties
  • Anxiety
  • Post Traumatic Stress
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Eating Disorders
  • Phobias
  • Chronic pain
  • Adjustment difficulties following life events
  • Low Self esteem
  • Relationship difficulties