Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy which has shown to help with a variety of emotional difficulties, mental health conditions and interpersonal difficulties.
CBT emphasises the importance of the relationship between our thoughts, feelings and behaviours. CBT is collaborative in nature, and the goals are decided by the client. CBT focuses on changing what is not working for you in the present.
However, our past experiences and how they shape what is important to us and our beliefs about ourselves, others and the future are also important to understand how our problems developed and why they do no go away by themselves.
Standard CBT is based on working towards specific goals. CBT aims to achieve some changes relatively soon in therapy. However, the pace and speed of the therapy will be adapted to each person. Some people may need more times or smaller steps in therapy.
CBT works by “experimenting” and doing things differently with the support of your therapist in sessions and between sessions . Your therapist will help you to learn some strategies to make it easier to try new ways of responding to your worries, fears or more general problems. By doing things differently to what you are used to, it is likely that the thoughts, feelings and body sensations that interfere with your life and routine will change, making it easier to do the things that you would like to do (e.g. going to the shops, talking to people you don’t know, doing a presentation at work, travelling, etc.).