CBT or Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, CBT, is a talking therapy. CBT looks at how we think (our cognitions) about a situation and how this affects the way we act (our behaviour). In turn our actions can affect how we think and feel. In this way we often refer to this as a vicious cycle. As a CBT therapist I work collaboratively with you to identify and understand what your vicious cycle may be with the aim of actively changing the behaviours, and/or thinking patterns and how to cope more effectively with physical sensations and distress in order to break the cycle that is maintaining your mood.
Sessions work on the principle that we can not change our pasts, but we can change the way we deal with things in the present. CBT involves setting clear goals and completing tasks outside of your sessions. This means that sessions involve you and I working together as a team to identify, prioritise and resolve problems.
Wellness is an important concept because it is not just about the mind but also looking after our bodies and releasing the barriers that prevent us from making healthier choices.
There is a great deal of research evidence to show that CBT works effectively in treating depression. This research has been carefully reviewed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).
NICE provides independent, evidence-based guidance for the NHS on the most effective ways to treat disease and ill health. CBT is recommended by NICE for the treatment of anxiety disorders.
What I treat? CBT can help a variety of problems this is not an exhaustive list get in touch to enquire about any other problems:
Mild eating disorders
Grief depending on the stage