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What Is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is based on the concept that your thoughts, feelings, and actions are interconnected, and that negative thoughts and feelings can lead you to having bad behaviour patterns. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) aims to help you deal with overwhelming problems and mental traps in a more positive way, by breaking them down into smaller manageable parts.

By combining cognitive therapy (the things you think) alongside behaviour therapy (the things you do) and examining the two, it allows us to see how one influences the other and make changes where needed.

Our perception of a situation affects the way we feel about it which then influences how we behave. An example of this being, if you were to have negative thoughts about a situation, you might then have negative emotions about it. Those bad feelings could then lead you to behave in a negative way.

Unlike some other talking treatments, Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) deals with your current problems, rather than focusing on issues from your past. The goal is to get you to a better healthier mental state in the present day and work towards your future, rather than re-live parts of your past that may be causing you pain and destress.

CBT uses practical tools and strategies that will help you to improve your mental state on a day to day basis.

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How does negative thinking start?

Negative thinking patterns can start at any point in your life i.e. from childhood onwards. For example, if you didn’t receive the needed attention or praise from your parents or teachers, you might’ve thought “I’m not good enough, I’m useless”.

As time passes by you might start believing these statements are true, these negative thoughts can then become automatic as you move into adulthood. This could then affect how you feel at work, university or in your general life.

A cycle of negative thoughts, feelings and behaviours can be formed and hard break, if your negative perceptions of situations aren’t challenged

What are the benefits of CBT?

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is not a replacement for medicine in treating mental health problems. But it can be just as effective with better long-term results for the right people, but it may not be the right treatment option for everyone.

Some of the advantages of CBT include:

  • Can be helpful in cases where people decide against taking medication or medicine alone is not working.
  • It can be completed in a relatively short period of time in comparison to other talking therapies.
  • medicine alone is not working.
  • It teaches you useful and practical strategies that can be used in everyday life, even after the treatment has finished.

Things to consider before starting CBT

  • You need to be committed to the process for it to work – I can help and advise you, but I need you to fully cooperate in order to get the best results.
  • Attending regular CBT sessions and carrying out any extra work between sessions can be time consuming. So, you have to make time and commit.
  • It may not be suitable for people with more complex mental health needs or learning difficulties, as it requires structured sessions.
  • You need to be ready to confront your emotions and anxieties – this might cause you to experience periods where you feel anxious or emotionally uncomfortable, but if you stick with the process, we will work through it.
  • It focuses on your capacity and willingness to change, that includes your thoughts, feelings and behaviours – If you’re not prepared to work towards this then it’s unlikely to work for you.

How is your CBT service different to anyone else's?

I am one of the few people that successfully combines Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) alongside Life Coaching as a joint service. It’s an approach that enables my clients to not only learn and become equipped with the tools and strategies they need for positive change. But gives them the guidance and ongoing support (if needed) for long term success.

I will teach you the necessary coping strategies/skills you need, and guide you all the way through on how to change any negative patterns to improve the way you think, and ultimately change negative behaviours related to your negative thoughts and feelings.

No two people are the same despite our similarities. That’s why all my services are tailored to you as an individual. To make sure you get the correct intervention at the right time. CBT can be great for tackling a wide range of issues, but it doesn’t mean it should be delivered in a one size fits all format. You need to work with someone that will take the time to create and adapt things specifically for you, and not just try to get you to fit in to their prepared way of doing things. Steppingfwd with helping Hand is the service that will work with you as an individual, and make sure your experience of Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a positive one that will serve you for years to come.

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