What happens in CBT?
Thoughts, Feelings & Actions
CBT focuses on your thoughts, feelings and actions, and brings about change by looking at how unhelpful patterns of thinking, feeling or behaving are maintained.
CBT focuses on your emotional, psychological or behavioural difficulties in the 'present', rather than focusing on the past.
- In CBT you are actively involved in the therapy, and are expected to complete self-help tasks between sessions
- Sessions are weekly lasting 50 minutes. Although sessions are mainly conducted in my therapy room, some sessions can also be conducted in other settings
- Sometimes conducting therapy in a setting which will trigger your anxieties can be helpful, because I can then help you learn to manage such reactions in real life situations
The benefits of cognitive behavioural therapy
Escaping self-defeating patterns
patterns of thinking can often increase your depression, as well as contribute to anxiety and panic attacks. CBT helps by enabling you to escape from self-defeating emotions, and circular patterns of thinking and acting.
New ways of thinking
In depression and anxiety problems, self-defeating patterns can take the form of unhelpful or unrealistic beliefs about yourself, others or the world. CBT can help you begin to change these beliefs, by focusing on constructing more empowering beliefs.
CBT also helps you to tackle self-defeating patterns of thinking, by focusing on experimenting with new ways of reacting. By exploring new ways of behaving, CBT can help you begin to disprove unhelpful beliefs and expectations about yourself, other people and the world.
Which models of CBT do you use?
As well as using cognitive-behavioural models and techniques developed by Arron Beck, I also use second and third wave CBT models including meta-cognitive (MCT) approaches developed by Adrian Wells, compassion focused therapy (CFT) by Paul Gilbert, and principles developed from mindful-based cognitive therapies (MBCT).
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