Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, what is CBT?
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) says that “Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) focuses on exploring relationships among a person’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. During CBT a therapist will actively work with a person to uncover unhealthy patterns of thought and how they may be causing self-destructive behaviours and beliefs.”
If we want to live well, both externally and internally, how well we live simply depends on how well we manage our surroundings and how well we manage ourselves. Fundamentally, life is management. The quality of your life depends on how well you manage your body, your thoughts, your emotions, your situations, your home, your communities, and your life in general.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based psychological treatment that is recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Evidence (NICE) for the effective treatment of Depression and Anxiety Disorders.
CBT has been clinically proven to help with a range of conditions including Trauma, Abuse, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Depression; Seasonal Affective Disorder; Generalised Anxiety and Panic Attacks; Agoraphobia; Social Anxiety; Low self-confidence/self-esteem; Body Dysmorphic Disorder/ Poor Self-Image; Obsessional Compulsive Disorder(OCD); Specific Phobias (such as hospital, vomit); Weight problems; Occupational problems; Hypochondriasis (Health Anxiety), Thanatophobia (fear of death), Dermatillomania (Skin-picking), Trichotillomania (Hair pulling).
CBT works effectively with a compassionate, empathic and attentive therapist, who empowers his clients to examine their experiences and re-organise their thoughts.
Collaboratively my clients and I make use of a gentle compassionate inquiry to unveil the level of consciousness, hidden assumptions, core beliefs, implicit memories and body states that form the real message that words, emotions and behaviours both express and conceal.
Through compassionate inquiry, awareness, and self-reflection identities can be discovered layer by layer, find my video here:
Identity as an onion, and self-isolation.
I will help you to:
1. develop a clear understanding of the presenting psychological problem at the beginning of the CBT process.
2. identify clear goals for therapy and a plan to tackle the problem.
3. understand the background / early life events that originally contributed to the development of the problem.
4. understand how your thinking and behaviours were maintaining the problem.
5. to aim for regulation, not repression of your emotions.
6. learn helpful CBT and mindfulness strategies and techniques to tackle the factors that maintained the problem.
7. plan relevant and helpful self-help activities to practice between sessions.
8. plan an agreed CBT treatment plan, in a collaborative and supportive way.
Awareness is the front door to change, and by being aware of your reactions, you now can begin to change them — both the thoughts and the behaviours.
"I have never had any kind of therapy before. I have found this process incredibly helpful and supportive. I feel I have been guided skilfully on a path to help me address the areas that have been causing me stress."
"When I first was referred I didn't want to come, it took a lot of f***ing persuading. After the third session, I realised you were a nice counsellor and a human being. Some of the advice was helpful and I feel more in control and able to put my foot down with X. I have learned that I've got the right to say no and it is okay to ask for help. All the coping mechanisms seem to be working".
"It's great that I can talk and you don't tell me how to solve problems but you give me hints. I felt safe and never judged."
"It's been amazing, it has made so much sense. It's practical but you need to understand what it is about, and then you understand what's going on"
"It was a great safe space to openly talk about how I was feeling and even sometimes when I didn't really know how I was feeling and I went in a bit of a spiral of words, somehow my ramblings made sense to you. I really liked how it was a great way to get an understanding of myself whereas before I thought therapy was a place where the therapist sits there and tells you about yourself. I am happy I was in control of the process of getting those self insights"
"I feel it has really benefitted me and it has given me tools to work with in the future. I have skills and strategies that I can use to prevent me from becoming overwhelmed"
"You have listened to me, and you have not prompted me. This has made me feel comfortable has enabled me to feel better and recover. And this helped me to make me understand how I really feel. And I thank you for that. "
"It's been really helpful. It has stopped my worry and I thought I wouldn't have been able to stop it, but I can now. I learned a lot."