CBT – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
What is CBT?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is about looking at the relationship between your thoughts and feelings, and how they make you ‘default’ to certain behaviours. It’s particularly useful for dealing with specific issues like teenage depression, exam stress, bullying and self-esteem issues.
We can help make you aware of what your own defaults are: sometimes they help us, sometimes they don’t, and CBT helps you recognise those different responses for what they are.
How does CBT help?
CBT teaches how we can break out of those default patterns to become more resilient in situations we may find uncomfortable or stressful by identifying where we respond negatively and then challenging those negative thoughts with alternative, positive ones.
Primarily good for tackling anxiety, stress and depression, it’s a way to rewire the software of your brain, rehearsing troubling situations in your mind in order to create alternative ways of thinking when that situation arises again. In effect you’re creating new mental circuitry by challenging and changing old responses that feel hardwired in, but aren’t.
It’s a very practical form of therapy, which is usually relatively short-term. In effect it helps you become your own therapist, where you use the skills you have learned.
What can you expect from a session?
Counselling tends to be more person-centric where you talk and we listen, whereas CBT tends to be more structured with different exercises and more.
CBT tends to lend itself better to slightly older children (12 years and above), whereas for younger children we’d recommend play-based approach.
By taking (what can feel like) insurmountable tasks and teaching you how to apply a pragmatic and objective view point to these issues, CBT gradually changes the way you look at everyday challenges.
You leave with techniques that transform you from feeling like a victim, into someone who can control the way they respond. And they are transferable skills too, skills for life that most adults never learn.
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“We all have our default ways of dealing with situations. Most of us aren’t even aware of what they are. And some of the time they work. But like a tradesmen who turns up to every job with the same couple of tools, there will be situations where those tools just aren’t the right ones. CBT makes you aware and gives you a versatile practical set of life skills to become more agile, versatile and resilient for whatever life throws at you.”
Richard Reid – CEO, Therapist & Coaching Psychologist