Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and EMDR 
Leeds, Harrogate, Wetherby & York 
 

FAQs  

 
What is the difference between CBT and other talking therapies? 
CBT differs from counselling as it tends to focus on solving current difficulties and setting goals to reduce symptoms in the ‘here and now’ rather than looking to the past causes of distress. 
 
How will I feel when I start CBT or after a session? 
Since the therapy works around emotions there is a chance that you might feel distressed. This is normal and to be expected; however people say that because they are working on the problem the distress can feel less overwhelming. With increased understanding of the problem we learn how to manage and control the emotion more effectively. 
 
What does confidential mean? 
As practitioners we are not allowed to divulge any information without your consent – therefore the sessions are confidential. However, we hope that you understand there is an exception to this. If we are concerned about your health, safety or wellbeing or that of others, then we have a duty of care to share those concerns and act on this. We would always discuss this with you first. 
 
Part of our continued professional development requirement means that we have to receive supervision to reflect on our practise. By its nature we discuss people we are working with but we maintain confidentiality by anonymising the people we are discussing. 
 
Is EMDR a form of hypnotism? 
No, EMDR is not a form of hypnotism because you will remain conscious and aware throughout the session and, by definition, in control at all times. EMDR cannot be done against your will. 
 
How will I feel after an EMDR session? 
By its nature EMDR will cause an increase in your thinking and awareness about the memory and this is likely to continue beyond the session. If the memories are distressing then you might find you may still feel distressed for a day or two. During this time it is recommended that you take care of yourself. You will have developed a relaxation technique, in previous sessions, to use and it is recommended that you don’t do anything overly stressful straight after your session. 
 
Whatever you notice, whether it’s new insights, recall or experiencing more dreams, you are advised to keep a note of it and discuss it with the therapist in the next session. 
 
Is another therapy more appropriate for me? 
CBT and EMDR are helpful therapies for a number of issues. However, they are not a panacea for all problems and other therapies might be more useful for you. We are happy to advise and guide you through this process. 
 
 
“Therapy was hard work but worth it. Thank you.” 
“I have sparkle in my life again. Thank you so much.” 
 

Helpful Links 

There is a lot of advice out there, which can be overwhelming and pitched at different needs. The following are video clips or books that we have looked at (and will continue to do so) that we think can help. 
 
Mindfulness  
 
A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Mark Williams and Danny Penman 
 
 
Overcoming Depression One Step At A Time 
 
by Michael Addis and Christopher Martell 
 
 
 
The Compassionate Mind Approach to Building Self Confidence  
 
by Mary Welford 
 
 
Overcoming Worry  
 
by Mark Freeston and Andrew Meares 
 
 
 
Mind Over Mood  
 
by Dennis Greenberger and Christine Padesky 
 
 
 
Overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder 
 
by David Veale and Rob Willson