Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

 Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. It's most commonly used to treat anxiety and depression, but can be useful for other mental and physical health problems”.

CBT is a combination of two schools of psychology: behavioural and cognitive.   CBT is based on the idea that the way we think about situations can affect the way we feel and behave, and that negative or unhelpful thoughts, feelings and behaviours can trap us in a vicious cycle.  For example, if someone feels depressed or low, they may give up, withdraw or reduce activity when faced by a new challenge at work or by a new diagnosis of a health condition.  This behaviour simply worsens mood and further reduces confidence and self-esteem over time.

Through the process of CBT, people can learn how to identify and change any negative thinking and behaviour patterns and develop coping skills for dealing with challenging situations.  As a result, people feel less stressed, low, anxious and irritable, develop improved wellbeing and happiness, enhance their emotional resilience (the ability to ‘bounce back’ from difficulties) and identify new ways to overcome problems at work and at home.

CBT has been known to treat a variety of issues including anxiety/depression, PTSD, addiction, eating disorders and phobias. 

Each session lasts between 30 and 60 minutes.   CBT does not involve psychotherapy but rather stays focused on the here and now.

Because CBT involves work on the part of the client (keeping daily diaries to help identify patterns; reading;  learning to challenge your thoughts;  do some exposure work for phobia issues etc) it does not suit everyone.   However, if you are willing to do the work then the self-awareness and strategies you learn can be used throughout your lifetime.

 

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FAQs

  • Why do I need counselling?

    We all experience difficulties and challenges in our lives at some time or other. Some experiences may be too difficult to deal with on your own. It is not always easy or possible, to talk with family or friends and they may not be able to give you the help you need. Counsellors are professionally trained to provide support and assistance to their clients in a confidential and non-judgemental way thus helping clients move towards a more peaceful life.
  • What is counselling?

    Counselling is a one-to-one relationship. Its purpose is to enable a person to talk about the issue/s that are causing them difficulties in their life. The counsellor’s role is to provide a safe and confidential space to explore this and help the person gain insight into what they need to move past the block and experience healing.
  • How does counselling help?

    Counselling helps by providing a person with time and space (which is often taken up with the busyness of life, family, work etc) to focus on what is causing them concern. It can be of enormous relief for someone to be able to talk and to be listened to. Often it may be the first time that they have been able to express their feelings in relation to a particular issue. This in itself can lead to healing. It can be a way of gaining insights, releasing past wounds and gaining acceptance of what is. We cannot change our past but we can change how we respond to it. Through counselling, we can resolve the unfinished business of the past and live more in the now.
  • Is counselling confidential?

    Counselling is confidential. This issue is discussed in detail with each client during the first therapy session. The client is treated with dignity and respect at all times during the counselling sessions.

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