3. CBT / Clinical Psychologists and Emotions

CBT / Clinical Psychologists and Emotions
This week I have noticed CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and Counselling psychologists. In 2006 the Layard Report on Depression recommended training clinical psychologists to deliver CBT in the NHS for anxiety and depression. To the Blair Governments’ credit it put millions of pounds into IAPT (Immediate Access to Psychological Therapies) to deliver CBT to the UK population.Thousands of young clinical psychologists were trained up to deliver CBT. This was the clinical model used as it was the only approach at the time that could be statistically measured, so fitted in with the NHS (National Health Service) statistically led delivery culture. So like going to the GP and presenting with a broken leg, you get your leg fixed. If you present with your anxiety, you get your anxiety fixed. To confuse matters further there has been the recent introduction of counselling psychology bridging the gap between psychology and counselling. CBT in focusing and screening out the rest of the patient, does not deal with the emotions of the person attached to the leg or anxiety. This has changed: the Talking Therapies Industry has become less obsessed with different approaches and focusing on the client (the word used to describe the patient by the Talking Therapies outside the NHS). The issue is that some CBT psychologists work with the emotions and others do not.  Some counselling psychologists work with emotions and others do not.Hopefully the only certainty is that the traditional approaches of counselling and psychotherapy outside the NHS always work with emotions; while it is down to the style of the individual psychologist whether they work in this way.
CBT / Clinical Psychologists and Emotions

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