Still Waiting For CBT in the NHS?

Evidence suggests that CBT is currently the most effective treatment for a range of mental health problems including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, OCD, PTSD. As such it is recommended as the treatment of choice by The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) and therefore by the government . However, despite the recent introduction of IAPTs (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies), the government initiate to ensure that CBT is provided to everyone who needs it, NHS waiting lists are still up to 12months long. As a result people are increasingly seeking treatment in the private sector, however, currently the title ‘CBT Therapist’ is not protected and practice is not regulated meaning that anyone can offer it regardless of qualifications or experience. This leaves many people who need the best treatments delivered by the most experienced practitioners exposed. At The British CBT & Counselling Service all practitioners are Doctors of Clinical Psychology or Counselling Psychologists (MSc), are accredited to practice by The British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy and hold a practicing certificate with The British Psychological Society. All are also registered with The Health Professionals Council which monitors and regulates the practice of Clinical Psychologists and some are members of The British Association of Cognitive Psychotherapies South London. Each has spent a between seven and nine years training to enable people to overcome their emotional difficulties via CBT and has been a qualified practitioner for at least two years. In addition to practicing privately, many hold (or have recently held) senior positions in the NHS. You can therefore be assured you are getting the Best from the Best.

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