Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy teaches us how to understand the relationship between incoming thoughts, feelings and behaviours. By distinguishing between our thoughts and feelings, and challenging our thoughts, we allow our feelings to change.
How we think “cognitively” about events has a powerful influence on how we FEEL about the and then what we DO (“behaviour”) about them. It focuses to improve the ‘here and now’ and moving forward, rather than emphasising the causes of distress or symptoms of the past.
CBT has become a clinically and research proven breakthrough in mental health care. Hundreds of studies by research psychologists and psychiatrists make it clear why CBT has become the preferred treatments for conditions such as:
- All stress related issues
- PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
- Trauma and Abuse
- Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
- Anger, Sadness, Fear, Guilt, Hurt
- Low self esteem
- Panic and Anxiety
- Eating disorders
- Sports performance and performance anxieties
- Fear of public speaking
How does it work?
CBT helps to make sense of overwhelming problems by breaking them down into ‘bite-size pieces’ making them easier to ‘digest’ and release.
Situations (difficult problems or events) are followed by
Emotions / physical symptoms
CBT helps to break vicious circles of thought, feelings and behaviour allowing us to see all parts of the sequence clearly and change them, thereby enabling us to regain self empowerment to tackle and resolve our problems.
CBT is an active therapy: the therapist and the client both take an active part in helping to resolve the clients issues and a flexible treatment plan is worked out to reflect the clients needs. The client will share in setting realistic goals and deciding which techniques work best for them individually.
CBT is time limited, structured and focused, covering approximately 5 – 20 1-hour weekly sessions, with the client taking on assignments between sessions.