Cognitive Behaviour Therapay (CBT)

What is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)?

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is a “Talking Therapy” that combines talking therapy and behaviour therapy. It is based on your thoughts, feelings and emotions and the way that these impact on your behaviour. Through CBT you will be encouraged to view and evaluate the way you interpret events and relationships.

What does Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) offer?

The process will help you to assess you reactions, thoughts and behaviour and to see the world more realistically.

CBT can help with:

  • anger management
  • anxiety and panic attacks
  • chronic fatigue syndrome
  • chronic pain
  • depression
  • drug or alcohol problems
  • eating problems
  • general health problems
  • habits, such as facial tics
  • mood swings
  • obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • phobias
  • post-traumatic stress disorder
  • sexual and relationship problems
  • sleep problems.

CBT does not claim to be able to cure all of the problems listed. For example, it does not claim to be able to cure chronic pain or disorders such as chronic fatigue syndrome. Rather, CBT might help someone with arthritis or chronic fatigue syndrome, to find new ways of coping while living with those disorders.

What does Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) consist of?

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy on its’ own is usually a 6 week process although this may be extended in some circumstances. When it is appropriate and acceptable I will often combine CBT with other ways of working to enhance the effectiveness. CBT is a structured model. We will have an initial meeting to discuss your issues and agree on the goals you want to work towards.  When you have agreed what problems you want to focus on and what your goals are, we start planning the content of sessions and discuss how to deal with your problems. Typically, at the beginning of a session, we will jointly decide on the main topics you want to work on that week. You will also be given time to discuss the conclusions from the previous session.

During the sessions we will explore your issues and discuss alternative viewpoints using the CBT theory which is based on the following three main assumptions:

  • Feelings and behaviours are directly related to the way a person thinks.
  • Negative and unrealistic patterns of thinking give rise to emotional disorders.
  • Altering negative unrealistic thought patterns can reduce emotional disturbance or distress.

There will be exercises and tasks to carry out between sessions which help to reprogram your cognitive thinking, change your negative behaviour and relieve stress and anxiety.