Frequently asked questions

There are so many types of therapies, why should I choose CBT?

Yes there are many types of talking therapies. For instance, psychoanalysis is a long term therapy. CBT is a relatively short term therapy.

CBT is a psychotherapy and contrary to the former belief, it is not 'one size fits all'.

It focuses on the 'here and now' (although the past is relevant). It is a structured, goal focussed therapy that helps the client to be very involved in their treatment.

The therapist teaches the client various strategies and techniques throughout the course of therapy and the client is able to practice these skills in-between sessions.

CBT can help for many types of difficulties (see “Our Approach” section of the website for a comprehensive list).

How many sessions will I need?

This really depends on the nature of the problem(s) and the severity (e.g. mild/moderate/severe depression).

Also, if there is more than one problem which needs to be addressed. During the initial assessment, we will discuss the problem(s) and the client will ascertain what goals they have for treatment.

The therapist will be able to estimate how many sessions the client will need.

Who can refer for therapy?

We accept self-referrals, referrals from GP’s, consultants, psychiatrists, employers and other health professionals. Unfortunately at the moment we do not accept referrals from insurance companies.

We accept referrals from under and over 18 year olds. If the client is under 18 years old, we would need to gain consent from a parent or legal guardian in order for the client to be able to continue with the therapy. This involves the therapist briefly speaking with the parent or legal guardian to gain their consent and also requires them signing a consent form.

Is everything we discuss confidential?

Yes, everything that we discuss is confidential. However, we would only disclose your details under the following circumstances:

  • If we felt that you were at risk of hurting yourself
  • If we felt that you were at risk from others

Under these circumstances we have the right to share information with third parties such as:

  • Your GP (usually)
  • The police

Nevertheless, we will endeavour to discuss this with you before sharing any information to third parties. Please note that this breach in confidentiality is to ensure your (or others) safety at all times.

We do not routinely write to your GP regarding your assessment or therapy. However if you would like us to inform your GP then we can do so, at your request (you would sign a consent form).

Equally if you require us to write to your employer regarding your treatment then we can do so at your request (you would sign a consent form).

Can you prescribe medication?

We do not prescribe medication.

If you would like to be prescribed medication then you would need to consult your GP. Equally, if you are currently taking medication but do not feel that it is helping, then you can have a medication review with your GP.

What does it mean to be a fully accredited therapist?

The therapist is fully accredited by the BABCP (British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies).

This can be checked by going onto the following website and typing in a therapist’s surname to check that they’re accredited (

Therapists accredited by the BABCP have the necessary qualifications. They must also attend a certain amount of training (Continued Professional Development) each year to ensure that their practice is refreshed and meets the criteria.

They also maintain their development through keeping up-to-date with the most recent and relevant literature. They must also have the required amount of supervision on a weekly/monthly basis.

What if I’m in a mental health emergency, in a crisis or in despair? Are there any telephone numbers that I can contact?

Inspiring Minds Therapy is not an emergency service, if you require emergency attention then please visit your GP or local A & E service.

Alternatively, you can contact the following services:

Samaritans - 0845 790 9090

(Provides 24-hour confidential emotional support to those experiencing despair, distress or suicidal feelings)

Saneline - 0300 304 7000

(Provides a national, out-of-hours mental health helpline. Open 4.30pm until 10.30pm everyday of the year)