Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
What is it?
Bringing about positive change by modifying the way we behave and think, using evidence-based techniques.
It is founded on the idea that there is a cyclical relationship between a) our emotions/physical state, b) our thoughts and c) our actions – each part directly affecting the others.
Unlike many other therapies, CBT predominantly focuses on the current problems, only referring to the past to allow understanding of the present.
What makes CBT its own approach?
What can I expect?
CBT aims to equips you with coping strategies that you will continue to use for life, even after the problem may have resolved. These practical techniques then continue to support the maintenance of a positive mentality and wellbeing.
CBT requires commitment. It involves exposing the self to uncomfortable emotions and exploring often unchartered territory. Similar to learning any new skill, clients should expect to complete tasks and practice between sessions, allowing the brain to adopt the new strategies as habit.
Sessions are most effective when carried out weekly or bi-monthly. A short to medium term therapy, this can be completed in a relatively brief period compared to other therapies.
It is important to remember that capacity and responsibility for change rests on the client, not the therapist. Only the client can implement the changes, the therapist can only provide the tools and instructions.