WHAT IS COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is an evidence based therapy recommended for the treatment of most anxiety and depressive disorders by the Government body NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence).
Cognitive behavioural therapy focuses on four areas of a problem;
the way we think (cognitions),
our behaviours and
our physical symptoms.
It is a talking therapy that is based on the concept that how we think and how we behave impacts on the way we feel. Often our thoughts, emotions, physical symptoms and behaviours combine to create a vicious circle. Once we are in a vicious circle it feels very difficult to break out of it, and therefore the problem continues going. CBT can help you identifiy the vicious circle that you're in and help you to find ways to break out of it by changing the way you think about things (your cognitions) and changing the way you behave (your behaviours).
CBT isn't for everyone, but I've seen first-hand how fantastic it can be for lots of people. Please get in touch to discuss if it could be helpful for you. Part of our therapy will include completing tasks at home and in between sessions, in order to test out the strategies or new beliefs we have developed in session, however every task we set will be tailored to you and manageable and realistic, it will never feel too difficult. Some CBT in the NHS is time-limited, however our work is not, so please don't ever feel that your problems are too complex or too big for us to work on.
"You can't eat an elephant in one sitting, but if you chopped it up and ate a bit everyday - you'd get there in the end!"