Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Many people get stuck in patterns of behaviour because they did not get the choice to do things differently or because the behaviour helped them get through challenging situations.
Our brain loves familiarity and prefers to stick to behaviours and routines that is used to. That’s why we often find it difficult to shift a behaviour that we know is not good for us (e.g. sugary foods, unhealthy relationships, alcohol), is not helping us to be the person we want to be (e.g. anger, resentment) or is a skill or behaviour that are new to us (e.g. driving, public speaking).
CBT can help you break these old patterns by “experimenting” and doing things differently with the support of your therapist in sessions and between sessions . I will introduce you to strategies that will help you to try new ways of responding to your worries, fears or more general problems. By doing things differently to what you are used to, 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.).
CBT is a structured therapy during which you will be 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.