What is CBT – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

CBT is a talking therapy. Individuals would seek a therapist to gain help of a wide range of issues such as;
Depression, anxiety, phobias, social anxiety, OCD, anger, relationship difficulties, eating disorders, addictions, panic attacks, relationship difficulties, relationship breakdown, loss of employment and loss of a loved one.
CBT helps people learn how to identify and change the destructive or disturbing thought patterns that have a negative influence on their behaviour and emotions. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy combines cognitive therapy with behaviour therapy by identifying maladaptive patterns of thinking, emotional responses, or behaviours and replacing them with more desirable patterns
Cognitive Behavioural therapy focuses on changing the automatic negative thoughts that can contribute to and worsen our emotional difficulties, depression, and anxiety. These spontaneous negative thoughts also have a detrimental influence on our mood.
Through CBT, faulty thoughts are identified, challenged, and replaced with more objective, realistic thoughts. A client once said its like rewiring the brain.
To work on emotions, it is recommended that you engage with DBT therapy sessions which is a form of talking therapy which “level best” also offers.

CBT is widely used as it is evidenced based under the NICE guidelines.

Session 1

Assessment to work on a formation of presenting concerns and assess the motivation to change. It’s a bit like a wish list.

Are you ready for therapy?

Phase 1

Your therapist will work on presenting issues teaching defined techniques. You will goal set and practice new skills in the session. You will be asked to complete inter sessional work which is where you practice skills in everyday life and report back next session. This embeds learning and allows you to prefect skills.

Phase 2

Evaluates where you are and identifies any further work needed such was repairing relationships. Here we look at relapse prevention which aids your overall recovery.
CBT sessions will typically have an impact in 6 – 12 sessions but your therapist will determine this at your assessment.

Case study

I came to CBT therapy because I was depressed. My GP told me I was and suggested CBT. I couldn’t face people and life so I withdrew and spent all my time in bed. The thoughts told me that life was to be feared and to hide. I felt anxious when out and all this affected my relationship. My wife was going to leave me. Therapy taught me how to manage this and taught me techniques to gradually face life again. I was no longer suicidal and my anxiety reduced. In phase two we looked at my relationship and anger. My wife decided to stay with me.

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