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CBT: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive behaviour therapy combines two very effective kinds of psychotherapy ; cognitive therapy and behaviour therapy.

Behaviour therapy helps you weaken the connections between troublesome situations and your habitual reactions to them. Reactions such as fear, depression or rage, and self-defeating or self-damaging behaviour. It also teaches you how to calm your mind and body, so you can feel better, think more clearly, and make better decisions.

Cognitive therapy teaches you how certain thinking patterns are causing your symptoms by giving you a distorted picture of what's going on in your life, and making you feel anxious, depressed or angry for no good reason, or provoking you into ill-chosen actions.

When combined into CBT, behaviour therapy and cognitive therapy provide you with very powerful tools for stopping your symptoms and getting your life on a more satisfying track.

CBT is a ”doing” therapy

In CBT, your therapist takes an active part in solving your problems. He or she doesn't settle for just nodding wisely while you carry the whole burden of finding the answers you came to therapy for. You will receive a thorough diagnostic work up at the beginning of treatment to make sure your needs and problems have been pinpointed as well as possible.

This crucial step which is often skimped or omitted altogether in traditional kinds of therapy results in an explicit, understandable, and flexible treatment plan that accurately reflects your own individual needs. It establishes goals that, when met, will enable you to fully realise that therapy is finished!

In many ways CBT resembles education, coaching or tutoring. Under expert guidance, as a CBT client you will share in setting treatment goals and in deciding which techniques work best for you personally.

Structure and focus

CBT provides clear structure and focus to treatment. Unlike therapies that easily drift off into interesting but unproductive side trips, CBT sticks to the point and changes course only when there are sound reasons for doing so.

As a CBT client, you will often take on valuable homewor assignments to speed your progress. These tasks which are developed as much as possible with your own active participation extend and multiply the results of the work done in your therapist's office.

What else is different about CBT?

Most people coming for therapy need to change something in their lives whether it's the way they feel, the way they act, or how other people treat them. CBT focuses on finding out just what needs to be changed and what doesn't and then works for those targeted changes.

Some exploration of people's life histories is necessary and desirable if their current problems are closely tied to unfinished emotional business from the past, or if they grow out of a repeating pattern of difficulty.

The levers of change

The two most powerful levers of constructive change are these . . .

  1. Altering ways of thinking a person's thoughts, beliefs, ideas, attitudes, assumptions, mental imagery, and ways of directing his or her attention for the better. This is the cognitive aspect of CBT.
  2. Helping a person greet the challenges and opportunities in his or her life with a clear and calm mind and then taking actions that are likely to have desirable results. This is the behavioural aspect of CBT.

What is CBT useful in treating?

Other symptoms for which CBT has demonstrated its effectiveness include problems with relationships, family, work, school, insomnia, and self-esteem. And it is usually the preferred treatment for shyness, headaches, panic attacks, phobias, post-traumatic stress, eating disorders, loneliness, and procrastination.

How often will I be seen?

The answer to this question depends on your individual needs. As a rule, however, most people can expect to begin their treatment with weekly visits. As you improve, the rate of visits will reduce. A few particularly if they are in crisis may begin with two or more sessions a week until their condition is stabilised enough that they can safely come only once a week.

So how do I find a Therapist?

You just have! If you would like to consider having therapy, or just find the situation you are in difficult and don’t know what help you really do need, call John Thornley on 07595 880250 .

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