Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in Birmingham

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At Midland Health Birmingham, we offer Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) as an evidence-based therapeutic method for treating anxiety disorders, depression and trauma in adults.

Our experienced CBT therapist Raj Bassi uses a unique approach to cognitive behavioural therapy which incorporates elements of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). 

patient during a CBT session in birmingham

CBT therapy sessions are conducted in our flagship clinic in Edgbaston Village in Birmingham, ensuring that you are surrounded by a modern, private and comfortable environment where you can safely explore the relationship between your thoughts, feelings and behaviour. 

Get in touch with the Midland Health team on 0121 769 0999 or at to book an appointment and see an expert cognitive behavioural therapist in Birmingham.

How Midland Health can help

Midland Health Birmingham offers cognitive behavioural therapy services provided by Raj Bassi CBT - our resident cognitive therapist. With more than a decade of experience working with NHS mental health services in the West Midland and London, she can assist you with a variety of therapeutic treatments.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Adults 

Negative thinking can have a destructive impact on your personal life, your career, as well as your mental and physical health. Regaining control of your thoughts, feelings and behaviour using cognitive behavioural therapy can significantly increase your life satisfaction and overall quality of life. 

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Implementing ACT approaches to help CBT patients identify the thoughts and memories that trigger negative behavioural patterns. The three most common elements are:

  • Mindfulness helps your stay in the present moment and defuse the negative thoughts and feelings 
  • Acceptance allows you to see a thought for what it is - just a thought, acknowledge its existence and accept that to achieve peace
  • Values are used to build an understanding of what really matters in life and focus on the positives 

Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)

If you are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), blocked or unprocessed memories can manifest themselves as nightmares and flashbacks. Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) can help you manage these traumatic memories and reduce the negative experiences associated with them.

What is CBT?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), is a type of talking therapy that helps you effectively manage your emotions and physical health problems by actively adapting the way you think and behave. The aim of CBT is to help you identify and break negative behavioural patterns stemming from bad thoughts by encouraging positive thinking.

At Midland Health, we regularly help adults who are suffering from anxiety, depression, eating disorders and other mental health problems.  

How does CBT work?

Cognitive behavioural therapy is designed to help you understand what you think, how it makes you feel and what behaviour it triggers. It all begins with analysing a given situation. 

For example, if a loved one has not called you when you expected them to, you may think that something terrible has happened to them or that they don’t care about you enough to call. This can cause you to feel anxiety, stress or extreme sadness. Those feelings can lead to certain behaviour such as crying, excessively calling the person, acting aggressively (slamming doors, throwing things). 

Once a pattern of unhelpful thoughts and related harmful behaviours is identified, your therapist will work with you to implement CBT management techniques to prevent it from affecting you.

What can CBT help with?

Cognitive behavioural therapy is the leading therapeutic approach in the UK as scientific evidence shows that this approach helps people who are struggling with one of the following problems: 

  • Abortion
  • Abuse
  • Anxiety disorders 
  • Body dysmorphic disorder
  • Bullying
  • Career
  • Carer support
  • Child-related issues
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
  • Depression
  • Domestic violence
  • Emotional abuse
  • Eating Disorders
  • Gender dysphoria
  • Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)
  • Health Anxiety
  • Hoarding
  • Low self-confidence
  • Low self-esteem
  • Miscarriage
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Panic disorder
  • Perfectionism
  • Personality disorders
  • Phobias
  • Physical abuse
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Postnatal depression
  • Pregnancy and Birth
  • Redundancy
  • Relationship issues
  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
  • Self-harm
  • Suicidal thoughts 
  • Separation and divorce
  • Sexual abuse
  • Sexuality
  • Social Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Trauma
  • Work-related stress

Meet Our Specialists

Our private CBT clinic is equipped with highly skilled specialists committed to delivering exceptional healthcare services. Meet our team below:

Raj Bassi

Raj Bassi CBT possesses extensive expertise in providing cognitive behavioural therapy services catered to individuals of all ages, including adults and children. The areas of specialisation encompass a wide range of mental health concerns, such as Trauma, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Relationship challenges, Eating disorders, Bereavement, Low Self-Esteem, Adoption-related issues, Anger Management, Depression, and Anxiety. This expertise extends to managing various specific conditions like anxiety, depression, panic attacks, various phobias (including agoraphobia and social phobia), stress, bulimia, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and generalised anxiety disorder.

Alan Dovey

Alan Dovey is a certified Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist accredited by BABCP. His primary expertise lies in addressing depression and anxiety, encompassing conditions such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalised anxiety (stress and worry), occupational anxiety (which may involve liaising with employers and providing business coaching), trauma responses, and relationship challenges. Additionally, he holds an Affiliate Membership with the Society of Occupational Medicine and a Senior Associate status with the Royal Society of Medicine. Alan frequently engages in educational endeavours, serving as a regular instructor at the University of Birmingham, where he maintains an Honorary Lecturing position.

Bal Hunjan

Balwinder Hunjan, an experienced CBT therapist, heads our private therapy clinic. With qualifications as an Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist, Balwinder adeptly serves a diverse client base, spanning various age groups and community segments. Her expertise includes offering personalised individual, couples, and family therapy sessions, drawing from a range of approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic, Person-Centred, Systemic, Grief Therapy, Family Therapy, and Couples Therapy. With a decade of experience assisting domestic abuse victims, Balwinder excels in addressing trauma cases.

Our Private Clinic in Birmingham

Come and visit our modern private CBT clinic, positioned on the periphery of Birmingham within the vibrant Edgbaston neighbourhood. We are conveniently positioned on Highfield Road just off the A456 or, alternatively, a 15-minute walk away from Five Ways station.

What to expect from CBT at Midland Health?

Trained in specialist CBT practices, your therapist will make you feel comfortable and secure, providing you with a safe space to discuss your feelings freely.

During cognitive behavioural therapy, you will be guided towards understanding the relationship between your thoughts and your feelings, and you will get to learn techniques that allow you to control your problem. Your CBT therapist will ask you to practice these techniques between sessions and you will have the opportunity to discuss your progress and any issues you may have faced. 

As a therapeutic process, for cognitive behaviour therapy to be successful, it requires you to attend regular therapy sessions for a certain period of time. The length of therapy is different for everyone and it depends on your personal progress.

Start Cognitive Behavioural Therapy 

As we have general practitioners and specialist doctors under the same roof in our private clinic in Birmingham’s Edgbaston Village, you won’t have to wait long to see a therapist. You don’t need a referral to book a session with our in-house CBT specialists. 

We offer same-day and next-day appointments (based on availability) giving you and your loved ones instant access to the mental wellbeing support you need. Book your first session today


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