Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or CBT as it more commonly known as, is a form of psychological treatment, that comes under the umbrella of Talking Therapy. And is a highly effective Therapeutic Approach with a very high success rate.
CBT works on the concept that your thoughts, feelings, emotions, physical bodily sensations, beliefs, assumptions, and values - all play a unified part in driving your actions and ultimately your behaviour.
The word COGNITIVE or COGNITION means:
“the mental action or process of acquiring knowledge and understanding, through thought, experience, and the senses.”
So, the cognitive part of this therapeutic process relates to the thinking part of the mind. CBT will help you to distinguish those old, outdated, unhelpful and distorted limiting thoughts and beliefs that you are currently experiencing. And will help you to understand how they are a big contributory factor in helping you maintain your current problem or situation.
The word BEHAVIOUR means:
“the way in which a person behaves in response to a particular situation or stimulus.”
So, the behavioural part of this therapeutic process relates to you looking at how you are currently acting and behaving when you are in a certain situations, or thinking about a certain situation. For example: you may feel anxious when speaking with strangers, so you make an excuse not to go to a party you have been invited to, because you feel fearful that you might say something daft or out of turn and thus get laughed at or be judged as being stupid or a fool. So, you completely avoid the situation (going to parties and talking to strangers), as your thinking has fuelled your behaviour – which is avoidance.
CBT places a really strong emphasis on helping you learn more about makes you “tick” through an interactive collaboration between yourself and the CBT Therapist through exploration and curiousity. So, you then have the right tools in place to help you to understand yourself much better - and how you can start to challenge and change the way that you think and feel. Which in turn will change the way you react and behave in certain situations.
CBT can help adult men and women over the age of 18-years old that is suffering from work-related stress, relationship problems, family problems, sexual problems, poor confidence, low self-esteem, worries about health, grief, loss and bereavement, fears & phobias, anxiety, anger, depression, post-traumatic stress, eating disorders, addictive behaviours and many other problems, both ordinary and extraordinary.