Be Careful If You Choose a CBT Therapist in the United Kingdom

Recently, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is much talked about as a credit help develop psychological issues and conditions.

It is hailed as a better psychological treatment method than psychotherapy as cognitive behavioural therapy employs a hands on approach to solve problems, unlike psychotherapy were most of the time is spent on finding the root causes for problems instead.

In the United Kingdom however, getting a qualified CBT therapist can be a problem. The reason for this is that the entire field of psychotherapy as well as cognitive behavioural therapy in UK is not regulated. This means that really anyone can advertise themselves as a CBT therapist, even without a single hour of training in the field. What worse, if you are getting a therapist from the NHS, you will normally not know whether your therapist has given qualifications to help you with your problems.

You can get a qualified CBT therapist choose one that is BABCP accredited.

The BABCP (the British Association of Behavioural Cognitive Psychotherapists) is the leading British organisation that oversees theory, practice and development of cognitive behavioural therapy in the UK. Every CBT therapist that is accredited with the BABCP in the UK must meet their strict criteria in regards to qualifications and clinical experience. In other words, if you get a BABCP accredit therapist, you know they will be able to help you in the best way possible.

If you go with a private and accredited therapist (rather than one from the NHS), this has more benefits:  The most obvious when you can choose between a number of therapists is that you can find one that is  qualified so that they can help you with your problems. In addition to that, you can normally schedule your session hours with them as well which can be good if you work and have a busy lifestyle. With a therapist from the NHS, it’s more likely that you can’t choose therapy session hours.