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 having CBT 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, how can CBT help with my OCD?
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!
I’ve worked with young adults, full-time parents, professionals, veterans and retired people. You may have had OCD symptoms for only a short time or perhaps many years and are considering getting treatment.
Let me help you to regain balance and a sense of control.