What is CBT?
How can it help me?
As the name suggests, CBT deals with thoughts (known as ‘cognitions’) and behaviours. It works by:
assessing how a person’s manner of thinking about and responding to situations may be maintaining their problem(s)
addressing how they can make helpful changes to both thinking patterns and behaviours.
It is a partnership of equals, working together to discover whether the world actually works in the way you have come to believe, and whether your means of dealing with things is the most helpful.
You are the expert in your life, thoughts, past and present. The therapist is the expert in cognitive behavioural therapy and helping you apply its principles to your life. Together you will be able to make changes to your situation and life, leaving you feeling competent to be your own cognitive behavioural therapist.
CBT is mostly focused on the here and now; your current difficulties/situation. However, past events are not excluded if they are relevant in understanding your current situation.Find out about my services Find out about my pricing
What can I expect with CBT?
Sessions are structured to make effective use of each one. The focus is on working towards achieving jointly agreed goals, based on the problems outlined at assessment.
Research strongly suggests that the people who respond most successfully to CBT are those who continue work between sessions, (sometimes known as homework) so this is an important part of the process. This might involve noting thoughts in specific situations, continuing in-session work such as thought challenging, reading a chapter of a relevant CBT workbook or carrying out experiments.
After identifying the links between your thoughts, feelings, responses (behaviour) and physiological responses, we will be able to work on breaking the vicious circle that you have become stuck within. This will lead to developing more helpful patterns of thinking and responding that will be positive to you and your life.
For further, more detailed, information about CBT, with some examples of what can occur during sessions, follow this link to the Royal College of Psychiatrists' information leaflet.