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Let's Talk About CBT

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: what it is, what it's not and how it can be useful.


Apr 16, 2019

Hearing voices is much more common than used to be thought, but what if they're cruel voices that seem to try to stop you from living your life? 

Chris Shoulder talks to Dr Lucy Maddox about how he uses CBT techniques to manage his experience of voices and Dr Emmanuelle Peters explains the theory behind the treatment. 


Show Notes

Here are some resources if you'd like to find out more information. 



If you'd like to know more about BABCP check out the website:

If you want to find an accredited therapist look here:

Chris has also written about his experience of CBT on the BABCP website:

Hearing Voices Network is an organisation providing a network for people who hear voices.

PICuP Clinic where Emmanuelle and Chris work is here:

NICE guidelines for service users/relatives are here:

UK based organisation the Paranoia Network is here:

Mad Pride campaigns against misunderstanding and discrimination experienced by people who are seen as ‘mad’ or mentally ill

This website offers an alternative perspective, practical advice and email support to people who are interested in exploring the idea of spiritual crisis. There are some local groups, for example in London.,


Books and articles

Overcoming Paranoid and Suspicious Thoughts. Research suggests that 20–30 per cent of people in the UK frequently have paranoid thoughts. This is a practical self-help guide.

Overcoming distressing voices, Mark Hayward, Clara Strauss, and David Kingdon, 2012, London: Constable and Robinson. A self-help guide based on a cognitive behavioural approach.

For an article about CBT for psychosis by Lucy click here:


Other media

A History of Delusions - radio 4 series by Dr Dan Freeman

Voice hearer and psychologist Eleanor Longden talks about her experiences in this TED talk.



Editing consultation from Eliza Lomas

Music by Gabe Stebbing

Image by Justin Lynham via Flikr Creative Commons

Produced by Lucy Maddox for BABCP