FAQ

How do I make an appointment?

The first stage of the appointments process can consist of having a consultation over the telephone. This will take around ten minutes, and is free of charge. You can arrange this consultation either by ringing me on 07746 184472, emailing contact@joybowhaycbt.co.uk, or using this online contact form. If you wish to have a consultation via email only then this can also be arranged.


Can I still see you even if I am with an insurance agency?

I accept clients who are private or who are with insurance agencies such as Aviva or Bupa. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any queries.


What will happen during my first appointment?

Your first appointment will take place after the initial phone consultation, at a time/place we have prearranged. The main aim of the first appointment will be to complete an in-depth assessment. We shall also explore the difficulties you are experiencing, as well as your aims of coming for treatment.

The assessment appointment will last 50 minutes; subsequent appointments are also 50 minutes long.


How much will it cost?

CBT costs can vary dependent on the services you require. This will all be covered in our phone consultation. If you’d like to know before the consultation, then feel free to send me an email.

You can pay by cash, BACs or cheque.


Cancellation Policy

A cancelled appointment delays therapy and does not help with therapy consistency. If you are unable to attend a booked appointment please let me know as soon as possible. If you cancel an appointment less than 24 hours before the time it is booked for, or if you do not show up to the appointment, you will be charged the full amount. You can either text or phone to cancel.


What if I can’t get to your therapy rooms in Leeds?

The areas I can attend are specified on my locations page.


How old do I have to be to attend CBT sessions with you?

I can hold CBT sessions for individuals aged 16 years and above. There is no upper age limit.


How many CBT sessions will I need?

The amount of CBT sessions required varies from case to case. I will emphasise the importance of going at your own pace, and never rushing you. The number of sessions varies from person to person. Some individuals only require an assessment; others may choose to carry on with sessions as needed. Many things can effect the amount of sessions you require, including the complexity of the formulation, and individual choice.

My integrative-based approach to CBT aims to give you the tools to become your own therapist. Part of this process naturally places importance on your own independence and applying these learned strategies in day-to-day life; beyond the therapist’s couch.


Do you offer CBT supervision for therapists or trainees?

I also offer supervision for therapists who are wishing to gain qualifications, CBT accreditation or to maintain their standards of practice. Please contact me to discuss rates and availability.


How do I know if CBT is right for me?

CBT can help to address many different conditions. I have used CBT to help people suffering from personality disorders, social anxiety, psychosis, OCD, work-related stress and a host of other mental illnesses. You can read more about the different areas CBT can help on my CBT Therapies pages.

I would stress, however, that this kind of talking therapy isn’t always for everyone. At times, it may require you to talk about feelings, thoughts and memories that you are not necessarily comfortable with discussing, as well as challenging certain behaviours. This is why I stress the importance of having a phone consultation before committing to your first appointment; to make sure CBT is the right approach for you.


If you are in crisis and require immediate care, then please reach out to the emergency services on 999. You can also dial NHS Direct on 111 for non-emergencies. Both are available 24/7. 

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