Dr Loumidis is a Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapist.
He has successfully treated many hundreds of people, suffering from mild as well as complex problems. He has supervised and trained hundreds of professionals in CBT, and has published his work in CBT in peer reviewed scientific journals and books.
Why Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?
Cognitive Therapy or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is the most researched psychological treatment,
based on scientific principles of experimental and clinical psychology. It has been clinically tested internationally,
in centres of clinical excellence, and is now recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, as an effective treatment for a number of psychiatric disorders. With CBT, many people have seen long lasting benefits, even those with quite severe and chronic conditions.
How does CBT work?
CBT helps people understand problems in terms of the inter-relationship among:
(a) thoughts and beliefs about past and current events and personal circumstances
(b) distressing emotional reactions and mood states
(c) unwanted bodily symptoms and the role of physiological factors
(d) maladaptive behaviours and dysfunctional ways of coping
(e) biases in the way information is attended to and processed, and
(f) the wider social, interpersonal and personal context which may influence people
Within the context of an empathic therapeutic relationship, with reference to 'state of the art' theoretical models
of psychopathology, and a thorough understanding of their personal circumstances, people make sense of their lives and difficulties. This then leads to the identification of mutually agreed, and time-limited, therapy goals.
Using a range of scientifically based and clinically tested therapeutic methods and techniques, sensitively tailored to their own needs and personal style, people learn new ways of looking and reacting to circumstances, their symptoms begin to reduce, and they develop strategies to prevent problems re-emerging in the future.
Does CBT work?
An impressive body of clinical research has demonstrated that CBT, which is based on psychological science, is efficacious for a range of psychological problems. Here are some examples where research and clinical trials have shown that CBT can help:
obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and body dysmorphic disorder (BDD)
acute stress disorder (ASD) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
eating disorders such as bulimia nervosa
mild, moderate and severe depression
learning disabilities and challenging behaviour
severe and enduring mental health problems
depression in adolescence
psychosis, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder
impulse and anger control problems
acute and chronic medical problems such as pain
physical health problems and disability
preparation for surgery and other medical procedures
insomnia and chronic fatigue
organic syndromes (early stage dementia)
National Guidelines Recommending CBT
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is now the treatment of choice for many common mental health problems. CBT is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, which is the independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance on the promotion of good health and the prevention and treatment
of ill health.