Cognitive behavioural therapy is a mixture of cognitive and behavioural therapy. This means a CBT therapist is trained to help you understand how your thinking and behaviour influence your situation and how to develop new thinking or behaviour which enables you to address specific problems, more effectively.
CBT is a structured therapy which utilises a range of different exercises and behavioural experiments to help you tackle problems and start to feel better. CBT therapists work collaboratively to help you understand where and why you are getting stuck. I can also suggest different homework exercises and experiments which enable you to learn and practice more effective ways for addressing problems successfully.
CBT Therapy is commonly used in the treatment of Anxiety and depression, it is also highly beneficial in the treatment of:
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
PTSD Post-traumatic stress disorder
Both Anxiety and Depression are normal human emotions that can often be an appropriate and healthy response to a troubling situation. However, when either condition linger for a substantial period of time or are frequently triggered, it can have a devastating impact upon your life, making usual day-to-day activities extremely difficult to manage.
Anxiety is a feeling of fear, heightened worry or uneasiness. Anxiety is a normal response when feeling threatened, vulnerable or under pressure. Our bodies produces a physical response to allow you to feel sharp and alert. Usually these physical reactions disappear once the stressful situation has passed. When anxiety remains heightened for a significant period of time it can begin to negatively impact upon your life, at which point counselling is extremely beneficial.
Anxiety can be a general emotional response, or it can be triggered by specific situations or events. Other times, anxiety can present itself more frequently after a traumatic experience, such as experiencing death, injury or abuse, which can lead to feelings of extreme fear or helplessness. It is important to acknowledge that as soon as action is taken, you will be well on your way to experiencing a dramatic change in your life.
Whilst feelings of sadness and down are a part of life, severe forms of depression can impact your physical and mental health. Depression can affect anyone, at any age. Depression can be profoundly debilitating, making it hard to even get up out of bed in the mornings. Depression can have a devastating impact not just on the person suffering from the condition but also their families and the community overall.
Though you may have to experiment with a few different treatment options before you arrive at a strategy that works for you, counselling can get you well on your way to recovery.
The truth is that depression and anxiety are highly treatable and even curable, using CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy).
Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be…(Albert Camus)