- November 21, 2016
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- Posted by: Harriet
What is the treatment?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that is often recommended as a treatment for depression, anxiety and other common mental disorders. It is recommended by the NHS and backed by strong evidence. Over the course of several CBT sessions you will be encouraged to talk to your therapist to identify thoughts, feelings and actions that might be influencing how you behave. These things are all interconnected, and CBT aims to break down problems that might seem overwhelming into smaller parts so you can avoid getting trapped in a negative cycle of behaviour.
How does the treatment work?
When we are experiencing extreme emotion, any kind of intense unhappiness, depression or anxiety, it is very easy to allow this to have a big impact on how we think about ourselves, and how we behave. If you are in a bad mood you are more likely to snap at someone, even if they have done little to antagonise you. CBT helps us to consciously understand when, how and why this sort of negative behaviour can occur so that you can break the cycle.
By talking to a trained cognitive behavioural therapist, it is possible to consider how your thoughts and feelings are impacting on your actions and vice versa. A therapist can provide a safe environment and the external insight that enables you to identify emotions and behaviours that are unhealthy.
Using the CBT methodology, it is common to write daily self assessments of the thoughts you are having and when and how these may be problematic. With the therapist you can review and look at what is reasonable, proportionate and rational in your thinking and behaviours. The clarity and guidance of the therapist enables you to notice distortions in your thinking and how to revise any negative, core beliefs which are ‘spoiling’ your daily life. What may be helpful is understanding how these patterns of beliefs have formed and how you automatically believe these are true. CBT therapy can be described as helping you find your influence in how to notice your thoughts and to be responsive not reactive.
This is not to say that CBT is a quick fix, and it will require a high level of engagement with the therapist who will guide and support you through the process. Ultimately, CBT will enable you to look at yourself and consider how you think and feel in a way that no one else can do for you.
At BodyMindTherapy Clinic we provide safety, experience and reassurance to help you understand how you feel, think and act so that you can find ways to improve your day to day life. We can also combine a range of other therapies such as EMDR, yoga and massage therapy, as each person has different needs and might benefit from a different approach.
In most cases we can arrange an initial consultation so that you can begin therapy without delay.
Who can benefit from the therapy?
CBT is a very common form of therapy for people experiencing depression or anxiety, which can be caused by a wide range of factors. Other Common Mental Disorders that are often treated with CBT include:
- Panic attacks
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Chronic fatigue
- Sleep difficulties
- Anger management
CBT can also be helpful for people experiencing chronic illnesses. While it is not a replacement for medication, it can help people address the challenges their symptoms present on a day to day basis. For this reason, CBT can still be recommended for people suffering from a wide range of health issues, from irritable bowel syndrome to cancer.