What is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy will help you to learn about the links between your thoughts, behaviours and emotions. By helping you to identify and alter your thinking this in turn will affect your feelings and behaviour.
As an everyday example, think about seeing a friend on the other side of the street who does not acknowledge you when you say hello or raise your hand. If you think, “ Why didn’t they see me, I hope I haven’t upset them”, this may lead you to go over your last conversations or texts, feel worried, and perhaps contact or avoid them with the hope of checking out the relationship is still solid. As a result you may not sleep so well, not focus at work or checking with other friends you haven’t upset them.
Now, take the SAME situation and imagine thinking “They must be busy or distracted “, doesn’t that lead to a different set of feelings and actions ?
So, the crux of CBT is to help you identify the thoughts that lead to unwanted behaviours, feelings or physical symptoms and modify them to something more positive and useful.
The goal of the Therapy is to help you build a ‘tool kit’ of psychological skills and techniques for you to use in order to become your own therapist.
During CBT sessions, as your therapist, I will work with you on the problem areas in your life and we will explore how each of these problems are maintained. Most of my clients find that CBT makes sense and is practical to their life today.
For further information, please see the BABCP website (British Association for Behavioural and Psychological Therapies)
So, what can CBT help you with?
CBT is a NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) well researched and evidence-based psychological treatment. This means you will be treated with a therapy that has been proven to work for many people with a strong research base!
Examples of problems that CBT can be used to treat include;
- Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
- Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
- Addictions and Compulsions
- Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
- Aggression and Violence
- Aging and Older Adult Issues
- Attachment Issues
- Bipolar Disorder
- Body Image
- Communication Problems
- Compulsive Spending / Shopping
- Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
- Eating and Food Issues
- Emotional Abuse
- Emotional Regulation
- Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
- Gender/Identity Issues
- Life Purpose / Meaning
- Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
- Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
- Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
- Physical Abuse
- Post Traumatic Stress / Trauma
- Psychosis (hearing voices, visual hallucinations)