The answer is probably yes but you may want to consider the following points.

  • CBT does not offer an instant solution, it can be hard work
  • CBT can make you initially more anxious or distressed
  • CBT requires you to commit and attend, sometimes when you don’t feel like it
  • CBT involves work between sessions, this will make it more worthwhile
  • CBT often requires you to start doing things that you may have avoided

This is not intended to put you off, I am just asking you to be realistic and enter therapy in the right frame of mind.

If you are put off CBT then don’t totally give up, it may not be the right time for you, just yet. Also consider other therapies that may be of use.

Mindfulness or meditation – an excellent choice for those with persistent anxiety and depression.

Person Centred Counselling – a sensitive and gentle approach to discussing some of your problems. Particularly useful for long standing relationship problems.

Psychoanalysis or psychodynamic therapy especially useful for long standing distress especially if it involves childhood trauma and relationship problems.

Self help – there are some excellent self help books and websites. These include the Overcoming Book Series . The BABCP website has a link to self help resources under the PUBLIC section:

http://www.babcp.com/Public/Self-Help.aspx