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What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?
CBT is a therapy that helps people to identify and change problematic patterns of thinking and behaviour that impact on their lives. CBT is based on the principle that we can all develop unhelpful ways of thinking and behaving and that over time these can create difficulties in how we respond to upsetting or stressful events. CBT focuses on the impact of maintaining these unhelpful patterns and how they can develop into enduring and problematic mental health issues and then works with the client to find ways to modify and improve these issues.
CBT has been shown to be effective for a wide range of problems. It tends to be a short therapy generally taking 3-6 months for most emotional problems. It helps you to look at how your thoughts and behaviours can affect your feelings and mood. It focuses on the here and now problems, allowing you to look at ways to improve one's state of mind rather than focusing on the past.
What can CBT be useful for?
CBT can be useful for and in many cases is the recommended treatment by the NICE guidelines for dealing with issues such as: Anxiety; Phobias; OCD; Social Anxiety; Drug or Alcohol problems; Assertiveness; Low self-esteem; Depression; Interpersonal problems; Worrying Eating Disorders; Disordered Eating; Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Complex Trauma; Relationship problems; Social skills training; Management of chronic physical problems; IBS; Pain; Chronic fatigue; Anger management. (This is not exhaustive).
Why choose CBT?
CBT is a time limited, goal directed and collaborative form of therapy.
The National Institute for Clinical Excellence has identified CBT as the therapy of choice for many emotional problems. This is based upon evidence based research in the field of CBT.
How does CBT work?
The therapist will work with you to identify the goals or problems that you would like to address. They will then start to work on helping you to understand what has been maintaining the problem and then to make sense of how thoughts, feelings and behaviours are connected.
The therapist's aim is to enable you to develop the insight and skills to not only improve the current situation but also incorporate these skills to other aspects of life in the future. It is a collaborative approach and therefore you will work within an equal partnership to enable you to reach your goals. CBT is a therapy that is not â€˜done to you' in that you play an active part throughout.
CBT encourages you to focus on your goals and works towards achieving those goals by using structured techniques, such as recording thoughts, completing homework, learning coping skills, changing behaviours and beliefs by testing out alternative ways to react.
The main aim of the therapy is enable you to work on addressing the current issues but also to learn how best to manage similar problems should they occur in the future, in essence it teaches you to become your own therapist.
It is often possible to arrange a period of follow up sessions to help maintain the treatment gains you have made
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