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You may have heard about CBT but not really know much about the process of this particular form of support, in which case it is probably helpful to find out more before you begin.

There are several elements that distinguish CBT from other types of psychotherapy, such as it’s structure and out-of-session practice tasks or homework tasks, and the use of diagrams to better understand the problems (called formulations). These elements are important in optimising the effectiveness of CBT, as we know from a huge amount of research that CBT can be highly effective for many issues.

This short video clip provides a good introduction to CBT, and we are happy to answer any other questions that you may have.

What are Third Wave CBT Therapies?

CBT is not a new form of psychotherapy, but as with all things, it has been reviewed and refined over the years and there are now forms of CBT that come under the umbrella of Third Wave CBT Therapies.

As with traditional CBT, they have key elements that distinguish them from other forms of input but have a different approach or different ‘feel’ about them that can be useful for some issues, particularly when our ability to resolve the problem is not a gift that we can always give ourselves.

Third Wave CBT includes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy,

You can find out more about Third Wave CBT therapies here or we are happy to send you specific information on the types of Third Wave CBT that might suit your needs. 

What are Creative Therapies? Creative Therapies use visual language to convey meaning or feelings around difficult events that might be difficult to put into words… there is no requirement for artistic ability and the finished product is not the part of value (although it may be an important outcome of the process). Creativity has been used for many years as a way of helping tap into a different dialogue about our experiences and hence can bring new perspectives on problems.

At Oban CBT Clinic, Creative Therapies are used specifically within the models of CBT that are effective in alleviating struggles, but in a way that can make CBT feel more accessible, more intuitive, and more dynamic.

For more information, click here.

In Crisis…?

Whilst CBT is not typically a crisis intervention, we are keen to help you get meaningful, practical, and urgent help if you are experiencing a mental health crisis. A crisis is a frightening and overwhelming time when you might feel unable to keep yourself safe – this can be thoughts and intention for self-harm, or     fear of being hurt by someone else.  You are not alone with this, and help is at hand.

Contact your GP, or call NHS24 by calling 111. If your need is urgent, dial an ambulance – call 999

Many areas now have emergency community mental health teams within A&E; NHS24 can direct you towards support in your area.

The Samaritans helpline is 116 123 and is open 24 hours, 7 days a week.

The Breathing Space helpline is open Monday-Thursday 6pm to 2am and Friday 6pm-Monday 6am – 0800 83 85 87

Support in Mind Scotland have excellent information if you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, or if you are trying to support someone else who is feeling suicidal – Suicide | Support in Mind Scotland