"Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) focuses on how you react to a situation, encouraging you to create new thought patterns to combat destructive beliefs and actions...helps you identify the negative modes of thinking that have been holding you back and shows you how to assess and combat them." Rhena Branch & Rob Willson (2010)
CBT is an interactive therapy approach collaborative between client and therapist, working together 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. The client takes what they have learnt in sessions home to put into practice called 'homework'. Each step takes the client a little closer to realising their goals and overcoming their fears and anxieties, and adopting healthy attitudes and behaviours.
CBT 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.