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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

“To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour.”

What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy. It can help people who are experiencing a wide range of mental health difficulties.

The thinking that occurs when experiencing emotional distress affects emotion states or mood this in turn affects behaviour. This is the basis of CBT.

During times of mental distress, people tend to think negatively about themselves, others and their situation.

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Thoughts can become extreme and unhelpful. This worsens feelings and influences behaviour.

This unhelpful behaviour prolongs distress. People can often feel helpless and very alone without knowing how to change this vicious cycle.

CBT will help to identify and change negative thinking and beliefs through exploring the evidence that disputes them and where necessary, explore the origins of the negative thoughts and beliefs e.g. childhood, relationships, workplace bullying or a traumatic event.

CBT also explores the role of unhelpful behaviours and how they keep problems going.

It will help to develop more helpful behaviours to assist more positive outcomes and mood.  These may include, being more active and assertive.

What can CBT help with?

You may be at a point in your life where you have found yourself stuck in one way or another, which may produce symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress, low self esteem or relationship problems.

There is evidence to show that CBT can help with disorders such as Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Insomnia, Anger, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Eating Disorders including anorexia and bulimia, low self-esteem, childhood trauma and personality disorders, etc.

What does CBT involve?

CBT involves attending weekly 50-minute sessions.

It is a brief and goal focused therapy, with an emphasis on tasks in-between sessions, which is likely to involve facing fears (if anxiety is the presenting problem) or to test out beliefs and predictions in certain situations.

Tasks in-between sessions will be decided in the session in a collaborative manner applying the rule that behaviour change can take place in a small (or specific) and measurable way and the client will decide behaviour changes which are achievable and realistic to them.

The role of thinking (or cognitions) which is  likely to be keeping the problems going will be explored in a collaborative manner enabling new more adaptive ways of thinking about the self, the world, and others, which will serve to lessen distress and enhance emotional well-being.

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