CBT Edinburgh
Sarah Lawson Cognitive Behavioural Therapy


Frequently asked questions

What happens in CBT Sessions?

You and I will work together to develop a shared understanding of your problems. During the first couple of sessions you will explain what has brought you to therapy and we will identify how your thoughts, feelings and behaviours affect your daily functioning. We will work on identifying your goals and a treatment plan to help you achieve them.

What sort of problems does CBT help?

Research has shown CBT to be helpful with a wide range of psychological and emotional problems including:

How can I be sure CBT is the right approach for me?

If you want to know more about CBT please phone me for an initial discussion. This is an opportunity to talk about your difficulties in general terms, and ask any questions you may have. We can then agree whether CBT is the right approach for you. There are other counselling approaches which can be better suited to particular individuals or issues.

How long do sessions last?

Sessions will last for an hour. Between sessions you will probably have ‘homework’ tasks to complete that will help you achieve your goals. You will gain most benefit if, between sessions, you put into practice the techniques that you have learned. For instance, we might work on an issue about being assertive at work and rehearse what you might say in a given situation. Between sessions you would have a go at testing this out in real life. In the next session we would look at what happened, how you felt, what you were thinking, what you learned and see how you can take this learning forward.

How many sessions will I need?

CBT is solution focused and time limited. The number will depend on the issues that have brought you to therapy and the severity of your symptoms. Typically this can be up to eight or ten sessions; sometimes it may only require three or four sessions if the issue is in just one area of your life. We will review progress regularly.

How much does it cost?

For self-funding clients the fee is £70 per hourly session. For those paid for by private medical insurance, the fee is £80 per session.

How do I pay?

Payment by online bank transfer is preferred. Cash payment is acceptable if attending in person.

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