Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Nicole Dobson


What is CBT?

CBT, or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy looks at how we think (cognitions) and what we do (behaviours) and how these impact on each other and the way we feel.

CBT has been proved to help effectively treat a wide range of problems and it is recommended in the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines for the psychological treatment of depression and anxiety disorders.

What problems can CBT help with?

Anxiety Disorders including:

–    Panic

–    Social anxiety

–    Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

–    Phobias

–    Generalised Anxiety Disorder

–     Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

–    Worry

–      Health Anxiety

Depressive Disorders including:

–    Depression

–    Low mood

–     Low self-esteem

Other conditions/problems

–    Sleep difficulties

–    Bereavement and loss

–    Anger management

–    Chronic pain

–    Stress management


Specialist Services – Learning Disabilities and Autism

I have particular experience and expertise of working with adults who have learning disabilities and mental health problems.  This includes over ten years’ experience of delivering various psychological assessments and interventions with this client group whilst working in the NHS.

I have also presented on adapting CBT to therapists working in the NHS (August 2015).



  • Graduate Diploma in Health and Social Care Practice Short Term Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.  University of York
  • Postgraduate Certificate Adults with learning disabilities who have significant and complex needs.  University of St Andrews
  • Degree of Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Management.  University of Leeds.


Relevant training/workshops/Conferences

  • Managing Chronic Pain – Practical skills workshop on using CBT for persistent pain -BABCP
  • Working therapeutically with people with High Functioning Aspergers/Autism – BABCP
  • Integrating Acceptance and Commitment Therapy into routine CBT and BA – BABCP
  • Accessible Communication Conference.    Bradford District Care Trust
  • Trauma informed care.  Assessment to inform intervention.  Frankish Training
  • European Congress of Mental Health in Intellectual Disability.  IASID Congress. Amsterdam
  • Learning Disability and Bereavement.    Leeds Bereavement Forum
  • The Ability to Grieve.    Cruse Bereavement Care.


To ensure safe practice, the best quality of care and in line with BABCP guidelines all clinical work is supervised on a regular basis.

I am a member of the BABCP and my supervisors are Sarah Hall (BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist) and Dr Jo Lily (Consultant Clinical Psychologists).

Contact details

Tel: 0777 24 888 94