A Guide to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
This video was made in 2009. At that time I was in the later stages of my CBT at the Centre for Anxiety Disorders & Trauma (CADAT) at the Maudsley Hospital in London. CADAT is an NHS clinic offering specialist CBT. I had been referred to the clinic by my local Mental Health Trust in east London.
My then therapist, Prof Paul Salkovskis, was approached by the British Medical Journal asking if he’d like to contribute to an introductory video on CBT. He agreed and asked me if I’d be interested in joining in.
It was the first time I had shared my personal experience of OCD and CBT on video. I had detailed conversations with the producer beforehand. He was very understanding and kindly agreed that I could see the film before the final edit in case there was anything I wanted taken out. The filming took place in Paul’s office (where all my regular CBT sessions had taken place) and then later I went with the camera crew to my flat (where my OCD had been worst and I had had two intensive CBT sessions). Two dear friends who’d given me so much support in the early stages of seeking help, and during my therapy, came round in the evening.