COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY (CBT)
We feel what we think. Our thoughts determine what we feel and our associated behaviours to that emotion. CBT focuses on re-defining unhelpful thoughts into healthy thinking patterns, improving how we feel and ultimately respond in our behaviour.
In CBT the client and therapist work collaboratively challenging negative thinking patterns. The client sets goals, and with the assistance of the therapist the client assesses and addresses internal fears and feared situations blocking the client. Therapy focuses on challenging the clients unhelpful thought processes rather that the event. The client is encouraged to practice what they have learnt in sessions at home through planned exercises, challenges and tasks. Each step takes the client a little closer to realising their goals, overcoming their fears and anxieties, and adopting healthier attitudes and behaviours. CBT is an evidenced based talking therapy and has been clinically and statistically proven to modify behaviour and help people overcome addiction, depression, anger, phobias, anxiety, low self-esteem, suicidal thoughts, and achieve a happier, healthier outlook to life. CBT can help clients with a wide range of issues and is the preferred choice of psychological therapeutic intervention in the Health Services in Ireland and the UK. Therapy sessions tend to be shorter-term, being solution focused working towards the client's set goals. This therapy approach can be intertwined with long-term psychotherapy that is assisting the client with deeper emotional or psychological distress accompanying behavioural issues.
CBT believes we are conditioned to think in certain ways, due to what we have learned from our early infant years and from our life experiences, creating our own unique belief systems, irrational thought patterns and assumptions. These beliefs about ourselves, others, the world, colour our thoughts, decisions and how we interact and emotionally respond.
CBT putting the pieces of the jigsaw in our mind together
Helping clients to recognise and acknowledge their thought processes
Understanding why the client thinks in a certain way
Challenge and re-define the thinking pattern
Create new alternative thinking patterns
Results in feeling different and a change in responsive behaviour