Why should you choose Efficacy for CBT therapy?

Maybe you've been contemplating Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for some time now, or perhaps you've been struggling much more recently. Whatever you are going through, however long you have been going through it, Efficacy’s BABCP accredited therapists have the experience and skill set to help get your life back on track.

Starting therapy can be a very daunting experience for everyone; it's no wonder that it takes on average ten years for someone with a psychological problem to seek help. Over the years, there have been lots of stigmas attached to mental health and the struggles that it brings. Although the movement is improving and the message is spreading that mental health is something to be talked about, there is still some way to go in really breaking down that stigma.

Living with a mental health condition can feel very isolating, confusing and challenging at times, but it doesn't have to stay that way.

It is estimated that 1 in 6 people in the past week experienced a common mental health problem. Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year.

As much as it may feel like you are the only one struggling, our experience as CBT therapy providers, along with the statistics show otherwise. You are not alone.

We want to spread the message that mental health should be treated like physical health. You'd go to a doctor for a persistent cough, so you should go to a therapist for a persistent low mood. Mental health problems are one of the leading causes of the overall disease burden worldwide, yet so many suffer in silence.


They suffer for several reasons:

  1. They feel ashamed for feeling a certain way
  2. They are sceptical about recovery
  3. They blame themselves
  4. They are not familiar with mental health treatment options
  5. They assume they cannot afford help


All the above, along with other reasons, have formed the taboo around mental health, and we are trying to break that down.

Most people have heard of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, but many don't know much about how it can help psychological disorders and emotional problems. You do not need to be suffering from a mental illness to find CBT therapy useful. In other cases where a disorder is present, CBT can be used alongside medication and often used alone in the treatment of mental health.

So, what is CBT?

Watch the video below, where one of our Senior therapists, Shamira Graham, explains.


Now you know a bit about what CBT is, you may be wondering why Efficacy? There are many other CBT providers across the UK and globally. Or you may be asking why go private when the NHS is free?

As a leading firm of independent CBT psychotherapists, we strive to be a centre of excellence. At Efficacy, we have been committed to delivering a leading CBT service since our inception in 2003. We are well-known for our exceptional clinical outcomes and the outstanding support we offer clients. Read on for more reasons you should choose us for CBT therapy:


We treat a wide range of conditions

CBT is an evidence-based form of psychotherapy, which was initially developed for the treatment of depression. It is now the psychological treatment of choice for a range of emotional and psychological disorders, including:

  • Anxiety

Anxiety is the human's natural response to a perceived threat. It can be long-lasting and develop into a disorder whereby CBT can be beneficial. It can also just present itself at times of unease without developing into a specific condition. Guidelines produced by NICE (the National Institute of Clinical Excellence) recommend CBT for all anxiety disorders.

Find out more information on specific anxiety disorders here: https://www.efficacy.org.uk/blog/anxiety-treatment-with-cbt/what-type-of-anxiety-do-i-have/


  • Addiction

You may need to have a medically managed withdrawal from alcohol or drugs before having any further treatment. Still, CBT can be used effectively to achieve a greater understanding of your addiction and how to overcome it.


  • Anger

Anger is a natural emotion. It's time to get help with it when repercussions of angry episodes are impacting negatively on your relationships or work, and you feel like you can no longer control it.


  • Bipolar

Bipolar affective disorder is also known as manic depression. People experience serious shifts in mood, energy, thinking and behaviour; from mania on one extreme to depression on the other. Bipolar affective disorder is a long-term problem, but it can be managed to prevent lapses and relapses.


  • Bulimia / Binge eating

Bulimia Nervosa is characterised by way of controlling weight gain. People who present for therapy describe many ways of approaching this, including induced vomiting, use of laxatives, diuretics, enemas and over exercising. It is estimated that 1-2% of the population suffer from Bulimia.

Binge eating can take place in a small time frame. The general features are overeating or maybe being aware that you have eaten a lot more than others would do in a given period. It can seem that during your overeating, there is a sense of lack of control and a feeling of eating in an "automatic pilot" fashion.


  • Chronic pain

Chronic pain is pain that can't be explained biologically; it's persistent and disrupts your life. However, chronic pain is more than just a physical symptom; it may also cause depression, fatigue and irritability. It's time to get help when your pain has lasted for more than six months.


  • Couples / Relationships

Couples therapy is an effective way to get you and your partner back on track in your relationship. CBT teaches you both tools to work through future problems, from communication issues to controlling tendencies.


  • Depression

Depression affects people in different ways and can cause a wide variety of symptoms. Depression impacts how we feel, think and act, and CBT aims to alter or interrupt the maintenance of factors in a depressive cycle. However low you are feeling now, please remember that depression is treatable.


  • Habit disorders

Habit disorders can be classified as things you repeatedly do but without a clear motivation or reason for doing so. Habit disorders can range from hair pulling (trichotillomania) and lip biting, to gambling and pathological stealing (kleptomania). CBT Therapy aims to help you identify patterns in your behaviour; for example, you may learn that your habit increases when you're under stress or when you're feeling low in mood.


  • Low self-esteem

When your perception of yourself is negative, it can lead to an overwhelming feeling of low self-worth; and you may find yourself thinking that you're not good enough. It's time to get help when your low self-esteem is causing ongoing anxiety.


  • OCD

Obsessive-Compulsive disorder is widely misunderstood, with a common assumption it's all about being clean or counting things when it's actually a lot more complicated and varied. OCD is an anxiety disorder characterised by you feeling inappropriate and distressing intrusive thoughts, images or impulses (obsessions) that occur against your will.

Read our blog on 5 things you should know about OCD to find out more: https://www.efficacy.org.uk/blog/ocd-treatment-with-cbt/5-things-you-should-know-about-ocd/


  • Panic attacks

A panic attack is a sudden feeling of intense anxiety about what is going on in your own body; fear of your physical sensations. During an initial panic attack, you're likely to misinterpret these sensations as if you have a heart attack, losing control or going mad. The term panic disorder is used when people either experience recurrent panic attacks or when they develop a constant fear of developing a panic attack.


  • Phobias

A phobia is an unreasonable fear of a situation or object. Common phobias include fear of animals, birds, insects, heights, enclosed spaces and the sight of blood or injury. The physiology of fear experienced with phobias can consist of palpitations, breathlessness, sweating and dizziness. Negative and anxious thoughts are also common with phobias.


  • Post-natal depression

Post-natal depression is more likely to occur if you have a previous history of depression or have had recent life stresses. However, it can also start for no apparent reason in women without prior mental health difficulty. CBT will help you examine your thoughts around pregnancy and motherhood, looking at the impact of your thoughts on your emotional state and responses to your baby.


  • PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop following a stressful life event or catastrophic situation which has involved fear, helplessness or horror. It is common to experience PTSD like symptoms if you've experienced or witnessed an event(s) that involved actual or threatened death, serious injury or a physical threat to yourself or others. People living with PTSD (and complex PTSD) often suffer for months or years before finding treatment.

Read more about PTSD misconceptions here: https://www.efficacy.org.uk/blog/ptsd-treatment/4-common-misconceptions-about-ptsd-and-how-cbt-can-support-recovery/


  • Sex problems

Causes of sexual difficulties may be physical, psychological, or a combination. Even when there is a physical cause for sexual dysfunction, psychological factors often play a part in perpetuating it. However, if physical problems are present, then a referral for physical investigation may sometimes be required.

Find out 5 reasons your sex life may be suffering here: https://www.efficacy.org.uk/blog/cbt-for-couples/lack-of-intimacy-5-reasons-your-sex-life-is-suffering/


  • Sleep disorders

We all develop sleeping problems from time to time due to various life events or just an unexplained blip in sleep rhythms. However, for some people, acute episodes of insomnia can lead to chronic difficulties in sleeping, which lead to a diagnosis of sleep disorder. It's time to get help when this is affecting your life, work and relationships.


  • Work-related stress

Work-related stress has been attributed to a large percentage of anxiety issues and is one of the most prevalent conditions in the UK.

If you are an employer and want to find out more about our corporate wellbeing services, click here: https://www.efficacy.org.uk/organisations/download-corporate-solutions-brochure/


We are BABCP accredited

The BABCP is the British Association of Behavioural Cognitive Psychotherapists, the lead organisation for the theory, practice and development of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK. It signals the gold standard of expertise of a CBT Therapist and the CBT quality. Finding your qualified expert CBT therapist in the UK requires some thought because counselling and psychotherapy are unregulated professions.

As an experienced, accredited CBT psychotherapist, your therapist will have undergone core training as a qualified and registered healthcare professional, so are legally regulated professionals. Additionally, with BABCP accreditation, a CBT therapist would have undertaken advanced CBT psychotherapy training at postgraduate level, i.e. a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) or MSc specifically in CBT.


We have an 87% recovery rate

Results from a clinical survey unveiled that we achieve an 87% recovery rate for people completing our therapy services. This exceeds industry standards which average a 52% recovery rate. Also, with the treatment of OCD, our recovery rate is even higher, at 92%.

Our online and remote therapy options have proven to be just as effective as face to face therapy. We are currently only offering online and remote therapy.


We offer a rapid service 

One of the significant issues with mental health support is waiting times, people who are dealing with severe problems cannot wait weeks or even months in some cases to have their first appointment. We are committed to consistently delivering a fast, high-quality service, which means you don't have to worry about battling long waiting lists to start feeling better. In most cases, we can offer your first appointment within 48 hours of enquiring.


We offer remote and online therapy

Our remote and online therapy options make the process of receiving professional help a lot more flexible and accessible. Our Remote Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is conducted via telephone or digital channels such as Zoom, Skype or FaceTime. It's suitable for those who may be dealing with more difficult psychological issues, where each session is a clinical hour.

Our online therapy programme (iCBT) called SilverCloud is an excellent solution to receiving flexible cognitive behavioural therapy, as you can access it from anywhere at any time. It's useful for mild to moderate issues such as anxiety, low mood or financial and work-related stress. The digital programme acts as a self-help tool which you have access to for 12 months.


We offer affordable therapy

As mentioned above, our iCBT therapy can be very effective for certain problems. Read more about the recovery rates here. iCBT is a cost-effective method of receiving therapy from just £35 per month. Read more about iCBT here.

Sometimes people get confused between counselling and CBT therapy. They may appear quite similar, but the techniques used and strategies taught differ quite drastically. Take a look at the below video, which explains the difference between them:


To more recent times and the coronavirus pandemic, we are here to help if you have found yourself struggling as a result of the lockdown. The uncertainty surrounding the virus has brought on a range of negative emotions for so many people. And for some, the first time they may have struggled with their mental health. We want you to know that it is normal to be struggling during a global pandemic. Life has turned upside down, and the psychological effects of the virus will live on for a long time. But, CBT can help, we are here for you, there is light at the end of that tunnel.


"I've learned how to manage my anxious thoughts with CBT."


"I'm doing very well. I've taken on board the CBT Therapy strategies for coping… and I feel that I have moved on."


"I was very happy with the CBT Therapy I found from Efficacy. I felt that they really understood OCD much more so than my previous CBT therapist."


Read more testimonials here


Read some of our related blogs to understand more about CBT and Efficacy:


How do I know if CBT is for me?


How long will I be in therapy?


4 misconceptions about CBT therapy


Monitoring your mental health during a global pandemic


Overcome the stigma: Take control of your mental health


If you are struggling with your mental health, please get in touch to see how we can help you. Please email us at info@efficacy.org.uk or give us a call on 0203 795 8718.


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