Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, commonly termed CBT, is a form of psychotherapy that is focused on the here and now and is based on psychological research. It looks in detail at the pattern of your thoughts, feelings and behaviours and then teaches you ways of overcoming any problems. The aim of CBT is to break any negative cycles by teaching people to recognise their unhelpful beliefs and to change them to more balanced and realistic ones (not just positive thinking) and to modify any unhelpful behaviours that are helping to keep the cycle going.

People are also helped to notice unhelpful safety behaviours, which may reduce distress in the short term but help to maintain or worsen problems in the long term. Activity planning and goal setting is also important to help overcome beliefs of hopelessness and failure.

CBT is an active and co-operative therapy. The therapist works together with the client to overcome their problems through experiment and discovery. This means that the client has homework to complete away from the session to continue this process. This is an essential part of the process.

If you would like to explore how CBT can help you, contact the Practice today on 01376 440920 to arrange your initial assessment.