Most of us can be affected by emotional problems at some point in our lives.
At these times we might be put under additional strain and may become anxious and low in mood. This can take an effect on our day to day lives, influencing our thoughts and behaviour, our relationships with others and our performance in and outside work.
The problems may resolve themselves in time or may end up continuing for a long time. At this stage additional help from a health professional such as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist may help to solve the problem more quickly and effectively or help you to find tools to manage.
Low Self Esteem
Anxiety & Panic Attacks
Social Anxiety & Shyness
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Long Term Illnesses
What is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy ?
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a psychological treatment based on scientific principles. Research has shown that it is effective for a wide range of problems. Client and therapist work together to identify and resolve problems.
As mentioned before, emotional problems can result in low mood and increased anxiety. As a result our thinking can become negative and irrational which in turn can affect the way we behave. This can lead to vicious cycles of thinking and behaving which maintain the problem. CBT helps the client to identify these unhelpful patterns and find more helpful ways to think and behave to break the cycle. The focus is on the here and now, however, some time may be given to exploring past experiences if they are influencing the current problems. The therapist often works with the client on changing unhelpful beliefs, which may have come about from past experiences and underpin current ways of coping, behaving and thinking.
CBT is an active structured therapy whereby the client and therapist work collaboratively to meet identified goals. Ultimately, the aim of CBT is for the client to become their own therapist.
A central component of CBT is homework in between sessions. This enables the client to practice and master skills out of the session. Homework assignments are mutually agreed and will be relevant to the problems being worked on.
The number of sessions required will depend upon the nature of the difficulties. The average number of sessions is about 8-12 but some difficulties can be resolved in as few as 4-6 sessions and some more complex problems may require 20 or more sessions.