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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – CBT in Leicester

We offer Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - CBT in Leicester to treat a wide range of issues for our clients across Leicestershire.  This article provides more information about CBT and how it can be used to assist you to look at personal issues and the world around you in a different way.

If you already familiar with CBT and would like to book and appointment with one of our experienced CBT therapists then please contact us.

Are negative patterns of thinking holding you back?

​We can all feel set back by difficult, upsetting or stressful events and experiences. However, if we get stuck in negative patterns of thinking things can seem worse than they are; while constant rumination and worry can begin to affect health and wellbeing.

​If spirals of negative thought patterns persist they can leave you feeling exhausted, anxious or depressed and can lead to changes in behaviour that begin to limit your life options and experiences. For instance, you may begin to avoid certain situations, places or people which can impact on your work, relationships or social life.

These kinds of thought patterns can also be key factors in phobias or obsessive – compulsive patterns of behaviour, which can leave you feeling trapped in your fears or repeating rituals that can begin to consume your life.

​How can CBT help?

​Cognitive Behavioural therapy works on the theory that it is not events in themselves but the way you think about them that often sits at the root of problems. If we get stuck in negative patterns of thinking about events, without seeing other ways of viewing things, this can begin to affect our response, resulting in problematic behaviour. CBT looks at the relationship between thoughts, emotions and behaviour and how changing the way we think can change the way we feel and respond.

​There is a wealth of research which supports the effectiveness of CBT. It is a mainstream therapy used widely within the NHS and is recommended by the UK governments NICE guidelines to treat a variety of mental health issues.

CBT is an effective form of therapy to treat phobias, eating disorders, anger issues, stress and anxiety, addictions and habits and many more issues. It is particularly useful in changing problematic patterns of behaviour but has also been found to be helpful in reliving some symptoms of medical conditions such as chronic pain. CBT can also help with confidence, assertiveness, motivation and self esteem.

​Working together to move forward

​Talking to one of our Cognitive Behavioural therapists here at Sullivan & Associates can help you to examine how your thoughts affect your feelings and behaviours. We can support you step by step in finding more helpful patterns of thinking and beginning to gradually experiment with behaving differently in the situations you find difficult. The therapist will work with you towards your goals to break out of the patterns that are holding you back and move forward positively.

​Take the first step towards change

​The first step is to simply contact us with the key details of your situation. We can then match you with one of our therapists who will contact you directly to arrange an appointment.

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Marriage Counselling in Leicester

We offer marriage counselling in Leicester through our in-house team of qualified relationship therapists. Our sessions will give you a safe environment to talk about your marriage issues, helping you to improve your communication together.

Has your marriage run into difficulties?

​Even with the best will in the world all marriages can encounter difficulties from time to time. Sometimes these difficulties may become more serious.

You may feel like your relationship is beginning to fall flat, that communication has broken down or find you are feeling distant from one another.

You may feel caught up in cycles of persistent arguments or be facing up to the impact of an affair or relationship breakdown.

​As time goes on, failing relationships within a marriage can be difficult and hurtful. They can begin to affect your confidence, wellbeing and happiness while impacting negatively on your working life or wider family relationships.

​Move forward with marriage counselling

​It can help to talk to an impartial professional who will listen without judgement to both of your concerns and issues without taking sides. Marriage counselling can offer a safe space to talk, find common ground, communicate and work through issues within your marriage.

If one partner has an issue affecting the marriage we can also provide separate individual counselling help as appropriate.

​We are here to help

​Our counsellors have successfully helped many couples facing a variety of issues to work through their difficulties through both marriage counselling and individual counselling.

​Take the first step today

​The first step is to simply contact us with the key details of your situation. We can then match you with one of our therapists who will contact you direct to arrange an appointment

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Individual Counselling

Counselling is a process of working through your concerns with one of our trained professionals.The aim of our counselling service is to help you find a more effective and satisfying way to live your life.

Are you struggling with life’s difficulties?

There are times in life when we can all run into difficulties. Sometimes it is enough to talk things over with friends and family but at times we can feel our loved ones are too close to the problem or that we don’t want to worry them with our more difficult feelings.

You may be struggling to cope with life’s challenges or notice you seem to be repeating the same patterns in your behaviour or relationships and not know where to turn.

At times life’s difficulties can have more of an impact, affecting your confidence, wellbeing and happiness while impacting negatively on your working life or relationships.

How can counselling help?

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It can help to talk to an impartial professional who will listen without judgement to your concerns and issues. Counselling can offer a safe space to talk and work through issues or feelings in a structured and therapeutic way.

Increasingly, many people attend counselling at some point in their lives to address a particular issue or for help with breaking out of old patterns towards personal growth.

You may wish to attend short term solution focused or cognitive behavioural therapies to address specific issues. Alternatively, you may consider longer term therapies such as humanistic, person centred, psychodynamic or integrated approaches to explore underlying issues in more depth.

“I recommend Sullivan & Associates to anyone. Now I have the tools and resources to get the most out of my life and relationships.

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We are here to help

Our counsellors have helped many individuals facing a variety of issues to work through their difficulties and move forward.

​We will work with you to identify your issues and concerns and what you hope to get out of therapy. Together we can discuss and develop a strategy to work towards these outcomes, allowing you to move forward.

Take the first step today

The first step is to simply contact us with the key details of your situation. We can then match you with one of our therapists who will contact you direct to arrange an appointment

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Depression Help and Support

Our depression help and support services can help you tackle your depression and move forward with your life. Take your first step with our qualified counsellors.

Are you affected by depression and low moods?

From time to time we can all feel sad, miserable and fed up. While these are understandable reactions to upsetting or stressful events and experiences, it is also quite normal to experience them for no reason at all. But if they persist, they can be signs of depression

Depression affects one in six of us, with common symptoms including lack of motivation, difficulties in concentration, pessimism, sleep disturbances, irritability, crying, suicidal thoughts, social withdrawal, a sense of isolation, changes in appetite, loss of sex drive and lack of enthusiasm and pleasure.

​If you are suffering from depression you won’t find easy or quick relief. Your feelings of sadness can continue for weeks and months, and interfere significantly in your relationships, employment and health.

​Ignoring the root causes of depression can worsen the situation by allowing the symptoms to manifest and spiral down even further.

​How can counselling help?

​It’s important to remember is that you’re not alone, and help is at hand.

​Talking to one of our depression psychotherapists and counsellors here at Sullivan & Associates can help you tackle your depression and move forward with your life by working with you to examine the thoughts, feelings and behaviours that are contributing to your low mood.

​We can also help you decide whether you might benefit from trying out cognitive behavioural therapy techniques, which focus on lifting the spiralling cycles of depression and low mood.Alternatively, you may prefer longer term counselling to work through underlying issues and have a space to talk through your feelings.

​Working together to move forward

​Working together with your dedicated therapist, we can develop tailor-made coping strategies to enable you to manage low moods, allowing you to learn tried and tested techniques and tools that will be effective for you for the long-run.

​Take the First Step Today

​The first step is to simply contact us with the key details of your situation. We can then match you with one of our therapists who will contact you directly to arrange an appointment.

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