Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT is a talking therapy that primarily works in the here and now to help create change and help with many issues. It identifies how thoughts, behaviours, emotions and physical responses can affect and change each other.
In therapy CBT initially helps clients explore how they think about situations and how this then affects their behaviours and how they feel in their everyday lives. By identifying areas where thoughts go wrong, CBT creates a powerful tool to challenge negative thinking patterns and behaviours, which may be causing problems, i.e. thinking negatively will create a negative feeling which then produces unwanted behaviours and feelings.
The focus of therapy then is to develop a skill set for clients to use in the present and future to either change, manage or cope with these negative thoughts, behaviours and feelings. CBT is a structured approach and goal setting through collaboration between the therapist and client is a fundamental part of this therapy. Keeping focussed on goals and setting time scales to achieve these, allows the client to know how many sessions it may take to achieve their desired outcome.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) provides national guidance and advice to improve health and social care. CBT is recommended by the NICE guidelines for mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression as it works particularly well with anxiety disorders (including social anxiety), stress, panic disorders and phobias, however, it can be helpful in many other areas too.
If you would like to know if CBT can help you and your particular difficulties, please contact me to discuss.