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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

What is CBT or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

CBT is based on the concept that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and behaviours are all connected. Therefore, negative or unhelpful thoughts and feelings can trap you in a vicious cycle.

The aim of CBT is to help you deal with overwhelming problems, in a more rational and positive way, by breaking them down into smaller parts. Therefore, by changing these negative patterns will improve the way you feel.

The basic premise of CBT is that it’s our ‘beliefs’ or ‘interpretation’ of a situation, rather than the situation itself, that causes us problems. These beliefs come from our life experiences, the understanding we have of ourselves, other people, and the world around us. However, this understanding can become distorted. CBT helps by bringing awareness to these distorted thinking patterns.

At CBT and Counselling Kent we specialise Cognitive Behavioural Therapy alongside traditional counselling. CBT takes a simple but very clever approach to mental wellbeing.

Cognitive behavioural therapy is about being rational

Cognitive behavioural therapy is not about encouraging you to ‘enjoy’ situations that you don’t happen to like. Nor is it about expecting you to be happy if people behave in a way that you don’t necessarily agree with.  It’s about helping you understand the importance of being logical and rational and looking at fact rather than interpretation. Additonally, it’s about learning to understand – that even we don’t necssarily ‘like’ a situation we are still able to tolerate it. CBT is also about helping you become more accepting of yourself and other people.

So, if you think, feel, or behave in a way that causes you problems then cognitive behavioural therapy may well be for you. CBT helps you identify and challenge any unhealthy beliefs you may hold about any event, whilst helping you identify and re-enforce a series of much more helpful and rational beliefs. By challenging your beliefs, you can change the way you think, feel and act.

After all, it’s not possible to change what has happened to you, but it’s always possible to change what you tell yourself about it. How CBT works

How Effective is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT?

Cognitive behavioural therapy is one of the most widely-used therapies. It can be an effective in the treatment of many emotional problems. Such as – generalised anxiety disorders (GAD), social anxiety and depression. Along with, stress, phobias, anger and jealousy or obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

Clinical trials have shown that cognitive behavioural therapy can reduce the symptoms of many emotional disorders. For some people it can work just as well as drug therapies at treating depression and anxiety disorders. The ‘National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends CBT for a number of common mental health disorders. For more information click – Nice

In most cases, it takes a number of sessions before the therapy starts to make a difference, therefore a regular commitment is required to make the best use of Cognitive Behavioural therapy.

What can CBT help with?

Anxiety. Depression. Anger. Low self-confidence/self-esteem. Panic Attacks. Phobias. Stress Management. Exam or test stress. Talking in Public. Social Phobia. Jealousy. Insomnia. Sexual and relationship problems.

Problems we can help you with