Counselling And CBT Therapy

Counselling and CBT Therapy

 

What is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy?

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that is most commonly used to treat anxiety and depression but can also help people with:
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
• Panic Disorder
• Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
• Phobias
• Eating Disorders
• Sleep Problems
• Addiction
• Couples Therapy

CBT focuses on current thoughts and problems rather than the past as the overall outcome is to remove the negative thought patterns to change the way you feel and improve your overall state of mind. To achieve this we aim to help you create the best strategies which you will be able to apply to any future obstacles.
Stopping negative thought patterns is the main focus of CBT. The way you think about a situation dictates how you feel about it. Negative thought patterns create negative feelings and so by removing these negative thought patterns you remove the negative feelings including feeling hopeless, lonely, depressed, tired and anxious.

What is CBT made up of?
In order for CBT to be effective, you must be ready and willing to take the time to analyse both your thoughts and feelings. Self-analysis can be difficult but it is a great way to learn more about yourself and more about how your thoughts are impacting your behaviour.

Your therapist will seek to learn what you want out of life (your life goals) and then help you to work towards achieving them. Their role is to listen, teach and encourage you, whilst your role is to express your concerns and put your learning in to practice. You may occasionally be asked to do some small ‘self help’ tasks such as additional reading.

In order to stop negative thoughts and behaviours, your therapist will begin by helping you to identify problematic beliefs. This stage, known as functional analysis, is one of the most important in learning how your thoughts and feelings can contribute to harmful behaviours. The process can be difficult, but it can lead to giving you an insight into why you have those negative thoughts.
The second part of CBT focuses on the behaviours that are contributing to the problem. You will begin to learn and practice new skills that can then be put into use in real-world situations. CBT is a gradual process that will help you to make increasing steps towards a behaviour change. Those suffering from social anxiety may start by simply imagining themselves in an anxiety-provoking social situation, once they are comfortable and are able to apply their coping strategies they will move onto the next step. This might start by practicing conversations with friends, family and acquaintances which can be done outside of therapy. The idea is to progressively work towards your larger goal.

If you would like to discuss any of the counselling services we offer in more detail, please contact our team at marie.church@mariechurchcbt.co.uk or call us on 01748 824942.

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