Are you overwhelmed by negative thoughts and feelings?
Life can be difficult sometimes and things can go wrong. Losing your job, breaking up with a partner or having relationship and family problems are some of life’s very common problems. When you experience difficult situations in your life, it is very likely that you will develop negative thinking, start becoming pessimistic and lose faith in yourself or your abilities. Many times you might feel stuck in a vicious circle of negativity, feeling unable to get out of it.
This is when Cognitive Behaviour Therapy can help. The focus of therapy is based on: the problems or issues that you face; how they affect you; what the consequences are; possible problems they create; and how you can change them. We discuss the history of how these problems have arisen, so that we can both understand your present situation.
What is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy?
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based treatment proven to help people with a variety of problems such as depression, anxiety, self-esteem and confidence. The main principle is that our thoughts affect our mood and consequently our behaviour. In therapy, you will learn how to identify and modify your thoughts, which quickly results in you feeling and acting differently. You will learn techniques and coping strategies to help you deal with and manage difficult situations outside the therapy room. In CBT, the client and therapist have an equal, collaborative relationship working towards the client’s best outcome.
The benefits of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
- CBT aims to be time limited, practical, structured and less expensive when compared with other forms of therapy.
- You feel very much in control of the progress and process.
- Therapy is educational; you learn to become your own therapist so that you are more able to resolve other problems on your own in the future.
- You develop an insight and understanding of yourself, and gain a greater self-awareness and acceptance.
- You learn to change beliefs and thinking processes, and thereby an improved emotional state and quality of life.
- You learn to control and manage yourself and your urges.
- You develop new and more helpful skills, abilities and coping strategies.
- You improve self-care, as well as your relationship with yourself and with others.
- You change unhelpful past negative behaviours, replacing them with new more helpful ones.
- CBT is an evidence-based research method, recommend by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).
- CBT has become the first psychotherapeutic method recommended by medical professionals in the private and public sector in the UK.
How Cognitive Behavioural Therapy works
During our initial assessment session, I will get the opportunity to get to know you, explore and understand what your concerns are, how they affect your life, how you deal with them and how they affect your feelings and physical condition. After that, I can determine if CBT is the right therapeutic approach for you.
Assessment will continue for another one or two sessions. Each session lasts for 50 minutes and we meet once a week. At the end of the assessment, we agree collaboratively on a treatment plan based on your needs. This is an important stage as both you and I discuss the initial focus of your therapy. During this phase you can ask me any questions and I will provide information and answers. An introduction to the main principles of CBT is also given.
Then we are ready to progress to the treatment plan that we have both agreed on. During this stage there is a lot of psychological education about your problem. You learn how to identify and change your thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Therapy involves your active participation, so agreed homework is given to you at the end of each session.