We provide Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – CBT services from our Carrick on Shannon clinic and online by video link. Our CBT and EMDR specialists serve clients across the Republic of Ireland and the Northern Irish counties, providing access to UK qualified psychologists and psychotherapists with full professional accredition.
The research evidence shows that CBT can be effectively delivered on a face-to-face basis or by video link without any reduction in quality or clinical outcomes. To organise a brief confidential call with a member of our Ireland CBT team, email
What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - CBT is a highly structured and practical form of psychotherapy with a recognised scientific foundation and a proven pedigree covering over 70 years of extensive research and clinical practice. Unlike other forms of therapy and general counselling, CBT has a strong reputation as a highly structured and solution focused approach which consistently delivers concrete change and improvement for a wide range of anxiety conditions, personality and mood disorders. In addition to the scientific research and it’s clear focus on clinical methodology, CBT is has philosophical origins routed in the stoical tradition. This encourages clients to acknowledge pain and difficulty, whilst focusing on the internal perspectives and actions that help us to live a purposeful and fulfilling life.
In partnership with our UK team of therapists from our Sevenoaks practice, we can now deliver specialised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the Republic of Ireland, the Northern Irish counties and online using video sessions.
How Does CBT Work?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a scientifically derived form of psychotherapy that works on the psychological connections between thoughts, behaviours, emotions and physiological sensations. CBT is also underpinned by neuroscientific research demonstrating how the “hard-wired” connections between neural networks, patterns of cognition and behaviours, directly influence our emotional and physiological state. Where these patterns become engrained and maladaptive, this directly leads to clinical problems including anxiety conditions, mood disorders and personality disorder traits. The basic premise behind Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is that we can profoundly change emotional distress and physiological reactions by altering the content or patterns of negative thoughts and behaviours. Changes in cognitive and behavioural patterns have been found to directly alleviate conditions including Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Depression, Eating Disorders, Health Anxiety, OCD, Insomnia, PTSD, Social Phobia and wider problems such as low self-esteem.
There is a strong clinical research base from the last 70 years or so which clearly demonstrates that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is highly effective in the treatment of a wide range of psychological conditions. CBT is recommended by the Department of Health, Royal College of Psychiatry, Royal College of General Practitioners, British Psychological Society and the UK Council for Psychotherapy. If you want to book a CBT appointment in Ireland, or organise online sessions via video link, contact
Although Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is frequently viewed as a single approach, it is actually an umbrella term used to cover a number of related therapeutic modalities. These include:
Skilled Cognitive Behavioural Therapists combine these different modalities to identify the most effective approach for their clients. This takes experience and a high level of training, as well as an innovative and creative approach to treatment planning and therapy. There are also a number of “condition specific” CBT treatment protocols which combine Cognitive and Behavioural approaches to support rapid and sustainable recovery. These condition specific CBT protocols have been extensively tested and the clinical research demonstrates that they work when delivered by a properly qualified and experienced CBT psychotherapist.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is used to work on deeply rooted problems relating to earlier life experiences, to thinking and behavioural patterns that have developed in later life and to traumatic events that cause high levels of personal distress. CBT is the recommended treatment of choice for a wide range of anxiety conditions, mood disorders, personality disorders and relationship problems. This includes:
CBT is not yet regulated on a statutory basis in the Republic of Ireland. This
means that There are therapists and counsellors offering CBT across Ireland and
online without the recognised qualifications and clinical experience. We often
see clients who have previously been offered substandard CBT by therapists or
counsellors without the required clinical credentials and experience.
Before booking CBT, check that your therapist is properly
qualified and professionally accredited by the Irish or British Association of
Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy. IABCP or BABCP accreditation status means that
your therapist has demonstrated the rigorous standards of professional competence,
therapeutic practice, ongoing development and clinical supervision.
To organise a CBT appointment in Leitrim Ireland, or book online video sessions via video link, email