Your CBT sessions will last for 45 minutes each week for approximately 6-10 weeks. All sessions will take place via ZOOM or via telephone. Online sessions are audio only and so you will not have to turn on your camera.
At the beginning of the therapy, you and your therapist may explore the problems you want to work on. When you have agreed which problems you want to focus on and what your goals are, you may start planning the content of sessions and talking about how you could deal with your problems. During the session, you might work through exercises with your therapist to explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours. This may be in the form of diagrams or worksheets.
With CBT you are often given work to do in your own time, so the end of each session you might agree on some exercises to work on afterwards. At the beginning of your next session your therapist might start by going over the conclusions from your previous session and discussing what progress you’ve made with any work you agreed to do.
When you have completed your therapy, you will be invited for follow up appointments after 4 months and 12 months.
Parkinson’s Care and Support UK are the only UK charity that offers FREE CBT Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to people with Parkinson’s who are living with Anxiety or Depression. CBT encourages patients to develop more positive thoughts about themselves, the environment around them and their future: in this case the outcome related to their illness. The goal is to help a person understand how their thoughts affect their emotions and behaviour and to replace those reactions with positive or constructive alternatives.
Medications do not always work for anxiety and depression and can lead to dependence and severe side effects. Sadly, some people never stop taking antidepressants. CBT is the leading and most successful approach to treat anxiety and depression.
Our aim of the Helpline is to reduce isolation, cure anxiety and depression amongst people with Parkinson’s, reduce the suicide rate amongst people with Parkinson’s and to improve quality of life.