Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), focuses on the identification of ‘irrational’ beliefs that can lead to illogical thinking processes and emotional distress.

Although we can all think irrationally at times, if we constantly interpret events in a dysfunctional manner it may lead to us becoming anxious and depressed. CTB is used to enable clients to identify these ‘cognitive distortions’ in order that they may change their reactions and behaviours. CBT is based on the assumption that it is not events themselves that upset us, but the way that we experience and react to them. Our thoughts can stop us from seeing things that don't fit with what we believe to be true. In other words, we continue to hold on to the same old thoughts and fail to learn anything new.

For example, a depressed person may think, 'I can't face going into work today. I can't do it. Nothing will go right. I'll feel awful.'

As a result of having these thoughts and believing them, the person may then ring in sick. By behaving like this, they will not have the chance to find out that their prediction may well have been wrong. They may have had a good day, but instead, they stay at home, brooding about their failure to go. The result is that they begin to think that they have let colleagues down. This may well result in a vicious circle of believing that they will fail, so they do fail and then they begin to see themselves as a failure in all areas. Such a vicious circle can apply to many different kinds of problems. Cognitive behavioural therapy is often helpful in cases of anxiety, low self- esteem, depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), trauma, panic and relationship issues. It is used effectively in the treatment of addictions and eating disorders. Although CBT sessions can last for many months, we find that combining the most effective CBT approaches with other therapies means that you require fewer sessions. CBT sessions are quite structured, with plenty of client input. Staged goals will be set and you may be asked to keep a diary. You will be asked to carry out homework after each session.

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