The Bristol CBT clinic is a new centre in the relaxing surroundings of rural North somerset. We provide evidence based treatment for Stress, Depression, Anxiety, Trauma as well as the management of Chronic Pain.
The centre was set up by Chris Rowntree in 2015 who identified the need for a different approach to mainstream treatment of conditions commonly seen in GP practices. Chris is an experienced CBT therapist & Counsellor for over 17 years saw more and more that success for the client in managing their emotional disturbances was based upon their understanding firstly, on how the mind works in repeating irrational unhealthy beliefs and secondly challenging and changing the emotions surrounding them. Chris has been employed since 1998 working with both Bristol City Council and Avon & Somerset constabulary occupational health services. As well as 7 years working with victims within the Bristol Crown Court witness service. Chris feels this clinic long overdue.
The latest research shows CBT can be equally effective as ongoing medication in managing depression which is seen as ground breaking. All CBT therapists hold a minimum qualification of a Diploma in Counselling and Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). All are accredited with the BACP or equivalent bodies.
Fees are £55 per hour for each Cognitive Behaviour Therapy session. We accept privately funded NHS & GP referrals. Telephone appointments can also be made at the same rate.
CBT & Pain
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a form of talk therapy that helps people identify and develop skills to change negative thoughts and behaviours. CBT states that individuals not outside situations and events create their own experiences, pain included. By changing their negative thoughts and behaviours, people can change their awareness of pain and develop better coping skills, even if the actual level of pain stays the same. CBT does not infer that pain is imagined or all in the head. Far from it, the pain felt we identify as real and this can have a catastrophic effect on a persons quality of life and esteem. We have the ability with newer research showing us to develop tools to manage this pain.
What can CBT do for you? Cognitive behavioural therapy helps provide pain relief in a few ways. First, it changes the way people view their pain. CBT can change the thoughts, emotions, and behaviours related to pain, improve coping strategies, and put the discomfort in a better context. You recognize that the pain interferes less with your quality of life, and therefore you can function better.