Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is one of the most widely used forms of therapy. It is an evidence based form of therapy that involves helping people to change the way that they think, feel and behave. It can lead to greater self-awareness and increase your ability to deal with problems in the future, and also help you to understand how you have been affected by your past.
How does CBT work?
A CBT therapist will work with their client by helping them to understand the connections between their thoughts, emotions and behaviour. It involves setting personal goals for therapy and then working with the therapist to achieve them. If you decide to make an appointment your therapist would usually spend the first session talking about what has brought you to therapy. They would also look at the changes that you would like to make and the goals that you would like to work towards.
In the following sessions you would work on how you can change your thinking and behaviour. CBT is based on the idea that if you change the way that you think and behave then you will change the way that you feel. A CBT therapist can help you to work on practical solutions to your problems and to find new ways of behaving in situations that you find difficult.
As well as looking at what you can do to help yourself in the present and future, CBT also involves looking at your past and how it affected you. We are all shaped by our surroundings and finding out how your problems developed can lead to greater self-awareness and improved ability to deal with difficulties in the future.
Who is CBT suitable for?
CBT would be suitable for most people who are dealing with any of the issues listed below, or anyone who would like to change the way that they live their life.
What issues or problems are suited to CBT?
CBT can be used to treat issues such as:
- Anger management
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
How many sessions will I have?
A course of CBT normally lasts for between six and ten sessions, although this can vary. You would end therapy when you feel that you have achieved your goals and dealt with the problems that brought you to therapy.’