Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - CBT - FAQs

How can CBT work for you?

Your Cognitive Behavioural Therapist will show you how to challenge unhelpful thoughts and behaviours in order to reduce the distress these thoughts cause-this is the cognitive component of CBT.
The behavioural component involves altering behaviours which, in the long term, maintain negative thoughts and the distress they can cause.

How long does Cognitive Behavioural Therapy last?

In Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT) sessions normally last between 50-60 minutes, the first session lasting one and a half hours so as to complete a thorough assessment.  This assessment can take a few sessions to complete in some cases. The number of sessions that may be required varies and would depending upon your goals, your readiness to change and the nature of your difficulties. Treatment can therefore range from six weeks up to one year if apropropriate. Usually the effects of CBT are experienced reasonably early in therapy and endure after therapy ends, as long as knowledge and skills gleaned from sessions is put into regular practice.

How to get the most out of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy:

  1. By attending weekly sessions even (and especially) when you might not feel motivated to.
  2. By applying the knowledge and skills you will learn with your Cognitive therapist.
  3. By being willing to tolerate levels of distress you might otherwise avoid or suppress.
  4. By learning from perceived setbacks instead of being self-critical.
  5. Trust your therapist and the therapy process.

Fees For Therapy

We offer competitive rates which take into consideration the current economic climate while maintaining our quality of service. Sessions are usually charged between £45 and £55 depending on the experience and training of your therapist and we have a 24-hour cancellation policy. We also offer a sliding scale of fees for those on a lower income and for students who are currently undertaking courses which require personal therapy.


At Solve Therapies a number of our therapists work as Clinical supervisors of trainee Cognitive therapists as well as students undertaking counselling courses at Further Education colleges and the Foundation degree in Counselling through the University of Ulster. We offer excellent rates for supervision and a professional, ethical and supportive service.