What is CBT?
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. It’s most commonly used to treat anxiety and depression, but can be useful for other mental and physical health problems.
How CBT Works
CBT is based on the concept that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected, and that negative thoughts and feelings can trap you in a vicious cycle. CBT aims to help you deal with overwhelming problems in a more positive way by breaking them down into smaller parts. You’re shown how to change these negative patterns to improve the way you feel. Unlike some other talking treatments, CBT deals with your current problems, rather than focusing on issues from your past. It looks for practical ways to improve your state of mind on a daily basis
Is CBT Right For You?
Consider The Following:
If you haven’t already, take a look online and do some of your own research on CBT, and consider if the CBT model sounds like a good fit for you. It’s okay if there are parts of it you don’t understand – but some important questions to ask yourself are:
- Am I generally aware of what kind of emotions I experience?
- Am I aware of what thoughts I experience and able to put them into words?
- Am I willing and able to reflect on my internal experience to try to understand it?
- Does it make sense to me that there is a link between thoughts and emotions and behaviours.
- Does the CBT structure suit you?
- What are you hoping to gain from therapy?
- Are you ready to make changes?
- Is it the right time?
Hopefully the answer to the above questions are ‘yes’ if so and you think you’d like to give it a try, contact us to discuss an appointment.