Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
CBT is a talking therapy which seeks to change your thought processes and behaviour in order to help you manage your problems. It’s commonly used to help people with mental and physical health issues, and especially in the treatment of anxiety and depression
How does CBT work?
CBT aims to help you deal with overwhelming problems in a more positive way by breaking them down into smaller parts. You will be advised how best to change negative patterns into positive ones to improve your overall mental and physical health.
CBT works on the premise that your thoughts, actions, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interrelated and that negative thoughts and feelings can trap you in a vicious cycle.
CBT does not focus on issues from your past, but rather concentrates on your current problem.. It looks for practical ways to improve your state of mind on a daily basis.
Uses for CBT
The NHS recommend CBT has been shown to be an effective way of treating a number of different mental health conditions.
In addition to depression or anxiety disorders, CBT can also be helpful for people with:
- obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- panic disorder
- post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- eating disorders
- sleep problems issues e.g. insomnia
- problems related to alcohol misuse
Sometimes CBT can be helpful in management of:
Pros and cons of CBT
As with anything in life, there are pros and cons
- it may be helpful in cases where medication alone hasn’t worked
- can be completed in a relatively short period of time.
- can be provided in different formats, including in groups, self-help books and computer programs
- teaches useful and practical strategies that can be used in everyday life
Some of the disadvantages of CBT to consider include:
- you need to commit yourself to the process to get the most from it
- attending regular CBT sessions and carrying out any extra work can take up a lot of your time
- it might not be suitable for people with more complex mental health needs or learning difficulties
- you must confront your emotions and anxieties – you may feel anxious or emotionally uncomfortable
- the focus is on the individual’s capacity to change themselves (their thoughts, feelings and behaviours) – this doesn’t address any wider problems in systems or families that often have a significant impact on an individual’s health and wellbeing
50 minute session – £40
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