Therapy options

At Changing Minds we offer a choice of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy or Counselling, both evidence based psychological therapies recommended by the National Insititute of Clinical Excellence (NICE).  After your assessment, your therapist will discuss with you what you are looking for from therapy, and talk with you about the treatment options that are available and best suited to your needs.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is a short term evidence based therapy that explores the links between the way we think, feel and behave.  It encourages patients to identify and challenge their negative thoughts, and to change negative behaviour patterns that can lead to feelings of anxiety or low mood.  CBT is recommended by the Department of Health as the treatment of choice for a variety of problems including Panic Attacks, Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Health Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).  Along with Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)  and counselling, it is also a recommended treatment for Depression and Low Self Esteem.

CBT can be delivered either face to face or over the telephone.  Face to face CBT is available at any of our four main London and Hertfordshire clinic locations – Watford, Harrow, Berkhamsted or Borehamwood.  It is also available in Central London.  We have CBT therapists in all locations who are registered with the main insurance providers (Axa, Aviva and BUPA).


Sometimes it may be easier to talk about personal, family, or relationship issues with a counsellor who is independent of family and friends. Counselling aims to help people who are struggling with emotional problems, particularly depression, which might be complicated by anxiety, worry and stress. Other life issues and events that can sometimes be very difficult to deal alone and for which counselling can be helpful include bereavement, separation, divorce, redundancy, health issues, and workplace bullying.

Face to face counselling is currently available in Watford (limited availability) and Central London (daytime and evening appointments), and via Skype. Martin Cox, our lead associate counsellor, is also registered with all the main insurance providers (Axa, Aviva, and BUPA).

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