Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) helps you to understand the thoughts and feelings that influence their behaviours. CBT is typically used to treat a wide range of disorders, including phobias, addictions, depression, and anxiety. 

 

The underlying concept behind CBT is that our thoughts and feelings play a fundamental role in our behavior. For example, a person who spends a lot of time thinking about how poor they are at speaking in groups may find themselves avoiding meetings and presenting to others. 

 

Whilst we all can have negative thoughts at times, if we accept these as 'true' then they will negatively impact on our mood. During the course of therapy you can expect to learn how to identify and change unhelpful thought patterns that have a negative influence on your behaviour and exacerbate emotional difficulties. Through therapy you can learn to examine these thoughts, look at evidence from other perspectives, and ultimately take control of how you interpret and deal with things in their environment and start to engage in healthier thinking patterns. 

 

CBT is generally short-term and focused on helping deal with a specific problem. It has an excellent evidence based of research supporting its effectiveness in overcoming a variety of difficulties. 

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