Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is the predominant approach offered to treat common psychological problems. There’s a great deal of research showing CBT is effective in treating depression and anxiety disorders. It’s been proven to treat a wide range of emotional conditions in adults and young people.
CBT differs from other therapies by:
- Taking a pragmatic approach by identifying your problems and then trying to solve them
- Focusing on current problems
- Taking a highly-structured approach; areas to explore are identified at the beginning of every session and treatment plans follow
- Being a time-limited approach so you have an idea of how many sessions you need and the cost
It’s a ‘here and now’ therapy looking at your problems from five different angles; what your triggers may be, what thoughts these may give you, how these thoughts make you feel, what bodily sensations you feel and how your thoughts make you act.
The concept of CBT sees how these five areas interconnect, how they affect each other and shows how your problem is maintained.
We’ll work together to change your unhelpful thinking and behaviour patterns, with the aim of breaking the cycle that keeps your problem ongoing.
Although CBT focuses on the present, we may look at your past to see how your life experiences may be impacting on how you see (relate to) the world today.