CBT is a talking therapy that is delivered by therapists, online counsellors and psychologists. It is used to change the way you approach and think about things. It is used to treat anxiety, depression and a whole host of other mental health issues.
If you have ever been referred to a CAMHS unit then you will likely have gone through a CBT session.
CAMHS helps with things such as anxiety, loneliness, depression, self harm, self abuse, bipolar and more.GET STARTED
Cognitive behavioural therapy(CBT) is based on the concept that your way of thinking, the emotions you feel, your physical sensations and actions are all interconnected in one loop.
This means that once a negative thought creeps in here it can affect you completely from the way you think, what you think about how you feel and what you end up doing. This loop can be a very hard one to get out of and in so many ways it traps you in a vicious cycle.
Your based CBT therapist will look to locate this negative thoughts, isolate them and then break them down into smaller parts which can then be repositioned to something more positive. This will then reflect in your behaviour and furthermore, your actions.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is unique because it doesn't really deal with yesterday's issues but rather focuses on what is worrying you today or in your immediate past and looks for many small wins which help you improve your mental wellbeing one step at a time.
Eventually you will see a dynamic change in how you think, feel and act.
CBT can help with a host of things. It is used especially to help with anxiety and depression but can also help with the below:
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)GET STARTED
Your CBT session will start with your CBT therapist introducing you to CBT if you are new to it.
Your CT therapist will inform you of the process and what you can expect to gain from it.
You can book a CBT session whenever you want but it is encourage to have 2 session a week so you have time to reflect on any changes in your feelings, behavior, thoughts and actions.
You can also have a CBT session once every 2 weeks to give you more time to monitor any changes in your attitude.
A complete CBT treatment could last for as little as 5 sessions or up to 20 sessions. A CBT session should last between 30 minutes and 1 hour.
Your CBT therapist will begin by isolating each of your problems and putting them into a basket such as actions, thoughts and feelings.
Your CBT therapist will then work with you to analyse each of the issues in the baskets to see how they come about, if they are helpful to you, what effects they have on you, what effects each of these thoughts have with each other and how to reposition them to something more positive
Once your CBT therapist has helped you discover ways in which you can reposition these negative thoughts, behaviours, feelings and actions into more positive things your CBT london therapist will then give you practicable methods for you to do these whenever these feelings, thoughts, behaviors or actions creep through.
You will be encouraged to practise this daily and note down any changes in your actions, feelings or behaviour.
In your next CBT session your CBT therapist will discuss these changes with you and will aim to then teach you the skills you can use to continuously manage the issues you identified in the respective baskets during your first session.
At the end of your treatment you will have practicable ways to manage all the issues you faced and you will have begun to see changes in yourself which have come about from you applying the new skills you have learnt.
You will hopefully go on to have a prosperous life without negative things putting you in a vicious cycle but if they ever do your cognitive behavioural therapist will be there to help you.
This should help you manage your problems and stop them having a negative impact on your life, even after your course of treatment finishes.
As with everything, the fact it works for some doesn't mean it will necessarily work for you.
Some people associate the effects of CBT therapy in line with the the benefits gained from meditation.
Some of the benefits of CBT include:
If medication has been ineffective maybe CBT can help you
A CBT therapy treatment is much shorter than most treatments available out there
CBT sessions don't have to be in person, they can be done via video calls, in groups, delivered via apps like the HFNE app etc
CBT treatment leaves you with life long skills you can use once your treatment is over this means you don't have to come back for repeated treatments.GET STARTED
CBT focuses on your current or immediate problems so it may not tackle deep rooted issues from your past which may be the cause of your current issues e.g abuse when you were a child
CBT therapy can’t work magic, you need to be part of the treatment and be committed to its success for it to work.
Due to the commitment needed from CBT, it is time consuming and a full treatment could last several hours over several weeks and even months,
CBT therapy i may not be suitable for people with more complex mental health needs or learning difficulties, as it requires structured sessions
Because your therapy will involve you coming face to face with your issues. It might be intimidating and confusing to do this at first. You may become anxious or uncomfortable.
CBT focuses on the person's capacity to change themselves (their thoughts, feelings and behaviours) – this doesn't address any wider problems in systems or families that often have a significant impact on someone's health and wellbeing
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