What is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)?
CBT is a way of understanding how thoughts, feelings and behaviour affect each other. In CBT you learn how to develop strategies to better manage the way you think and feel about yourself, others, and the world around you. We will break each problem down into its separate parts, and you may be asked to keep a diary. This will help you to identify your individual patterns of thoughts, emotions, bodily feelings and actions. Together we will look at which ones are unhelpful, and how they affect each other. You will then be supported in understanding how to change unhelpful thoughts and behaviours. You might start to question a self-critical or upsetting thought and replace it with a more balanced one that you have developed in CBT. You might also recognise when you are about to do something that will make you feel worse, and instead, learn to do something more helpful.
Research has shown conclusively that CBT is effective for the treatment of many psychological problems. CBT is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in their guidelines for the treatment of most mental health problems.
What is Involved in a Course of Therapy?
In the first session we will explore current problems that you experience and the background to these difficulties. We will talk about how the problems developed, how they affect you and if you already have strategies that help you to cope with your difficulties; together, we will then set goals for therapy. Although CBT concentrates mainly on the present, it may be relevant at times to talk about the past as this will help understand current difficulties.
We will work together in an atmosphere of transparency, aiming to create a collaborative relationship. There will be a safe and non-judgmental space in which to explore whatever you may wish to bring to therapy. Any therapy plan will focus on your unique situation.