Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a therapy that through talking can help individuals manage problems they encounter and by finding alternatives in the way they think and act.
Cognitive behaviour therapy can be used to tackle some of the most common problems people face, including:
How CBT works
CBT focuses on the interconnection of your thoughts, emotions, physical sensations and actions. Essentially, it seeks to address the negative thoughts and feelings that can keep you locked in a vicious cycle.
CBT identifies these issues and then seeks to find solutions for you to address them in a more positive way by breaking them down into smaller and more manageable pieces.
CBT helps to demonstrate how you can change the negative thoughts and feelings into positives to help you improve the way you feel.
Unline many other therapies that address issues caused by past events, CBT is designed to deal with your current problems. It seeks to identify practical solutions that can be easily implemented to improve your mental health.
Although CBT cannot cure the physical symptoms of these conditions, it can help people cope better with their symptoms.
Our CBT sessions are designed to take place, usually weekly or fortnightly.
We recommend a series of consultations – usually 5 or 6.
Each of our session lasts 60 minutes.
During our sessions, our CBT therapist will work with you to identify the problem and break it down.
You and the therapist then analyse each of the areas and determine what effect they have on the wider problem and you.
This is where our therapists are able to support you in identifying ways to change unhelpful thoughts and behaviours. You will then be encouraged to implement what you are able to change.
Ultimately, the aim is to help to teach you to apply the skills you have learnt during treatment to your daily life.
Benefits of CBT
CBT is a highly structured therapy that can be delivered in different formats, including one to one, group sessions or through self-help material.
It can sometimes be used where medicines have failed.
CBT also has the added advantage in that it can be completed in a relatively short time compared to other talking therapies.
But most importantly it provides the recipient with useful and practical strategies that can be used in everyday life, even after the treatment has finished.