Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
One of the most commonly known therapies, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can be used to treat of depression, anxiety disorders, PTSD, panic, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, psychosis and phobias (including agoraphobia and social phobia), sleep difficulties, anger management, low self-esteem and physical health problems.
What is CBT?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is based on the notion that thoughts, feelings, behaviour and how our body responds are all connected. It is believed that changing one of these can alter the others.
Some of the important aspects of CBT are:
- Noticing and challenging the unhelpful thinking patterns that makes us feel worried and distress then considering alternative helpful thinking patterns
- Noticing how we respond to these patterns that can worsen how we feel and exploring what actions we can gradually take to help us feel better about ourselves and think positively.
How does it work?
You will work together with your psychologist to break down your problems into separate parts: the situation, thoughts, feeling, body sensation and actions.
Keeping a journal to write your thoughts and behaviour will help us through them and this will part of tasks between the sessions. Analysing your thoughts, feelings and behaviours, with your psychologist, to work out if they are unrealistic or unhelpful and to ascertain the impact they have on each other and on you.
After working out what you can differently, you will practice these changes in your everyday life and continue making a note of you positive progress to help affirm you.
Is it effective?
As one of the most popular therapeutic approaches, CBT has a very wide evidence base that has shown it to be one of the most effective therapies.
MakingWays – the CBT approach