Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
A Talking Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a structured yet flexible approach which helps people identify and challenge the automatic negative thoughts that fuel their anxiety.
Extensive research provides support for the efficacy of CBT to address a wide range of problems relating to Anxiety Disorders, Stress, Depression, Weight Management, Insomnia, Sexual Dysfunction, Eating Disorders, Relationship Concerns, Mood Swings, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), as well as many other personal issues.
CBT will help you address your emotions as you may feel that:
- Life is boring
- There is so much stress at work
- I have problems at work
- There is nothing to do except drink/drugs
- Yet another weekend! I hate weekend
- I am a bad parent
- I am useless, that I can never concentrate on anything
- Everyone thinks I am stupid
- I will never find a partner
- I will lose my job
- I’ll never get good grades
The goal of CBT is to identify and challenge thoughts that lead to negative emotions and to replace them with more positive and realistic thoughts
CBT emphasizes the collaboration, experimentation and exploration of different processes for you to overcome your difficulties. Together we will monitor and evaluate changes and the way you utilise your own resources.
A structured, focused therapy, CBT is a relatively short time frame therapy. It may require between 12 to 15 sessions depending on the situation and the nature of your issues.
During the first session, we will define your specific issues and what is the most significant or difficult issues for you and what you want to address first.
Then together, we will define what you want to achieve and what road to take in order for you to achieve those goals, so that the therapy is quicker and more effective. We might set a general goal to address a specific area of your life, as well as much smaller, more specific short term goals to help you make regular changes which we can both monitor during the therapy.
During the sessions, we will work towards a better awareness of the relationship between your thoughts, your feelings and your behaviours.
Between the sessions, you will be asked to do some tasks as you will be encouraged to notice and record your emotional states and their triggers. You will also be encouraged to undertake daily activities schedules so that together we can monitor the changes which are being made.
During our work, I may combine Hypnotherapy with CBT as the use of Hypnosis will help you reach a deep level of relaxation and will allow your mind to make changes and create new behaviours.
Aim of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
The aim of CBT is to help you become your own therapist as you monitor your thoughts and therefore your emotions.
You will be better equipped to regulate your thoughts as you become aware of your triggers (especially when you are tired or ill, i.e. with a cold or flu).
You will be able to self-regulate as you will possess better thinking habits.
Do you suffer from Stress, Anxiety or Depression? To find out how Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can help you, you can contact me, give me call me on +971 55 732 99 66 or send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we can discuss your situation.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Research
Research shows that CBT is effective in not only helping clients manage their thoughts and emotions but also in reducing the chance of relapse.
In the UK, CBT has become one of the most popular forms of talk therapy and is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for common mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. For more details, visit www.counselling-directory.org.uk/cognitive-behavioural-therapy.html
Professor David Clark, Professor of Psychology at Kings College Hospital in London, UK, explain how CBT works and who could benefit from it: www.nhs.uk/video/Pages/CBTexpert.aspx