Online CBT

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for new, existing & expectant parents

Helping mums & mums-to-be with their mental health, to and through motherhood. 

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (or CBT for short) is an evidence-based therapy that looks at the link between how you think, how you feel and what you do. When we are feeling low or anxious, our styles of thinking and behaviours can change and become unhelpful.

These unhelpful thoughts and behaviours may help us in the short term but can fuel the problem in the longer term by creating a vicious cycle. CBT aims to firstly help you identify your own vicious cycle(s) that are negatively impacting your life at the moment, and then to provide you with strategies to break these cycles so that you feel better emotionally in the here and now.

CBT can provide you with life-long skills so that once therapy is finished, you will be able to self-manage your difficulties well into the future.

What is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)?

What Happens in my CBT treatment sessions?

Treatment sessions last for 50-minutes and are conducted remotely via Zoom, or over the telephone (whichever you feel most comfortable with). Remote sessions removes the worry about arranging childcare because your appointments take place from the comfort of your own home.

Our appointments are generally offered on a weekly basis.  You will learn strategies that you can use to make changes to your thoughts and behaviours in order to work toward your treatment goals.

At the end of each session, we will agree a ‘homework’ or ‘skills practice’ exercise which will allow you to put into practice the skills learnt in the session. In my experience, those that recover quicker are those who commit the time and effort into the home skills practice.

The goal of CBT is to teach you how to become your own therapist so you can go on to self-manage your symptoms. The more you can practice outside of therapy, the more likely you will be able to independently manage your symptoms going forward into your future.

CBT focuses on the here and now and how you can make meaningful changes to create a better future for yourself. If your problem started roughly within the last year, it is likely you will need around 6-12 sessions. However, if you have experienced your difficulties for a longer time frame, it is likely you will need more appointments to work through and make the changes needed to see the desired effect (likely up to 20 sessions). If you decide that CBT is not for you, you are welcome to stop treatment at any point.

If you wanted to have a small, limited number of sessions with me to develop a Pregnancy & Postnatal Wellbeing Plan, I am happy to discuss this further with you. The individualised plan can encompass what early warning signs to look out for during your pregnancy & postnatally, as well as including the support that is available to you should you need to access it. 

Research shows us that the single biggest predictor or Postnatal Depression is a lack of support, so putting together a support package will hopefully act as a protective factor for your mental health during your pregnancy and after birth. If you are interested in this, click here to contact me.

Have more questions about what to expect from therapy with me? Click here for more FAQ's.

How many sessions will I receive?

HOW CAN CBT HELP ME?

Do you want to;

  • Boost your confidence & self-esteem
  • Overcome excessive worrying/anxiety
  • Work on unrealistic high standards/perfectionism
  • Manage low mood
  • Find ways to feel calmer in your pregnancy
  • Learn to spot, challenge & change self-critical thinking
  • Improve on your self-compassion
  • Adapt to the physical changes that come with having a baby
  • Manage distressing intrusive thoughts
  • Enhance the quality of your relationships & home-life
  • Improve sleeping habits
  • Identify and change unhelpful eating patterns and the beliefs behind them
  • Enhance your social life by helping you get back to doing things you may have stopped or reduced
  • Process & move on from distressing thoughts/memories from a difficult pregnancy/birth experience
  • Be able to manage panic attacks so they aren't controlling your life
  • Be able to leave the house without excessive anxiety or fear that something awful will happen

If you have answered yes to any of the above questions, why not book your FREE consultation and we can chat further? A consultation gives us a chance to talk a bit about what you feel you are struggling with and I can give you an idea about how a therapy like CBT can help. There is no obligation to go ahead after your consultation so please don't feel pressured if for whatever reason it doesn't feel quite right.

Client Testimonials

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Laura has been an amazing support that I will always be truly grateful for. I am sure Laura will go on to help lots of others.

Laura Hans Logo Leaf 500w

I wasn't sure how CBT could help me but I gave it a go. I really like the vicious cycle and keep a copy of it by my bed. My mood is improving by having a plan for my day and sticking to it. 

Laura Hans Logo Leaf 500w

It has really helped me open up and see my issues and deal with them. I'm not very good usually at talking about my problems but Laura made me feel at ease with opening up. 

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pregnancy & Postnatal Wellbeing Workshop

Designed for new and existing parents

 

Do you feel equipped to recognise the emotional challenges that can occur during parenthood?

Many parents wish they felt more prepared for the mental health difficulties that new & existing parents are vulnerable to.

I developed this workshop which is like an antenatal class that is purely focused on mental health and the challenges that can occur in the perinatal period. 

 

The workshop is conducted on Zoom & repeats on the last Sunday of every month at 8pm. It covers:

  • A summary of what care and support you should be offered for perinatal mental illness
  • Signs and symptoms of common mental health problems, such as Perinatal OCD, Birth Trauma, Tokophobia (fear of childbirth), Health Anxiety, Social Anxiety & Ante/Postnatal Depression
  • The psychological treatments available to you on the NHS and privately
  • How CBT can help you manage symptoms of anxiety & depression
  • Medication for mental health difficulties in pregnancy and postnatally
  • What peer support you can access
  • My top self-care tips for you as you enter your journey into parenthood

The workshop lasts approximately one hour & costs £10 per individual/couple

Suitable for both parents and accessible from the comfort of your own home.

The next webinar will take place on Sunday 26th September 2021.

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