Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Take some time to reflect on what you’re doing…
- How do you see yourself…?
- How do you feel about your life…?
- Do you feel good most of the time…?
- Are you maintaining good mental health…?
- Do you feel listened to by others in your life…?
- Do you give enough time to hear, listen and respond to others around you…?
If not, CBT can help you…
For most people a short course of regular sessions will help you take back control of your life and allow you to manage challenges and difficulties in a resourceful way. The aim of this approach to therapy is to help you learn CBT/REBT problem solving skills so that you can become your own therapist.
Having an experienced, trained and non-judgemental individual to help guide you through seemingly overwhelming issues can be the key to helping you get your life back on track…
Things CBT can help you with
There are many things which can be problematic for people. Confusing and difficult emotions, relationship difficulties, work concerns, pain and longterm illness, difficult upbringing and life experiences are just some of the things that people find a course of CBT useful for.
The most common reasons people seek out CBT are:
- Panic Attacks
- Relationship Issues
- Exam Anxiety
- Chronic Pain
- Fear of Public Speaking
- Performance Anxiety
- Low Self-esteem
- Weight Management
- Mindful Eating
- Habits such Smoking, Binge Drinking and Binge Eating
However, we may have more complex problems in which several aspects of the issues listed may be a feature. And sometimes, we just feel stuck, that our life is not where we want it to be. Talking through things in a focussed way can really help get clarity on what needs changing.
What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a psychosocial intervention that is the most widely used evidence-based practice for treating mental disorders. Guided by empirical research, CBT focuses on the development of personal coping strategies that target solving current problems and changing unhelpful patterns in cognitions (e.g., thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes), behaviours, and emotional regulation. It was originally designed to treat depression, and is now used for a number of mental health conditions and to promote ‘mental wellness’ awareness.
The CBT model is based on a combination of the basic principles from behavioural and cognitive psychology. It is different from historical approaches to psychotherapy, such as the psychoanalytic approach where the therapist looks for the unconscious meaning behind behaviours and then formulates a diagnosis. Instead, CBT is “problem-focused” and “action-oriented”, meaning it is used to treat specific problems related to a diagnosed mental disorder and the therapist’s role is to assist the client in finding and practising effective strategies to address the identified goals and decrease symptoms of the disorder. CBT is based on the belief that thought distortions and maladaptive behaviours play a role in the development and maintenance of psychological disorders, and that symptoms and associated distress can be reduced by teaching new information-processing skills and coping mechanisms.