Cognitive behavioural therapy
Explore how your thoughts, emotions and behaviours can all influence one another and sustain an unhelpful cycle.
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy where people explore and understand how their thoughts, emotions and behaviours can all influence one another and sustain an unhelpful cycle. CBT counsellors then work with clients to set achievable goals such as learning coping skills for managing different issues.
Stress, low mood and anxiety can affect many people at different times in their lives. We might feel low due to loss or anxious about finances. Although we often cannot change life experiences, we can change how we respond to these experiences and we can learn how to effectively manage them. CBT helps to notice and change unhelpful thinking styles or behaviour patterns so we can feel better. CBT has many strategies that can help you in the here and now.
By changing the way we think or behave in a situation, we can change the way we feel about life. The therapy explores learnt behaviours, habits and negative thought patterns and how you can adapt them into a positive.
How can Cognitive Behaviour Therapy support you?
- Become aware of unhelpful or negative patterns of thoughts or behaviours
- Break down overwhelming issues into smaller parts so they become easier to manage
- Discuss specific difficulties you are facing and find ways forward
- Work with your therapist to set and achieve both short-term and long-term goals
CBT is not a quick fix – it involves hard work during and between sessions e.g. keeping track of what you are thinking, feeling and doing, or trying out new ways of thinking or acting. Your therapist will not make decisions for you. They will help you decide what difficulties you want to work on in order to help you improve your situation. Your therapist will be able to advise you on how to continue using CBT techniques in your daily life after the end of your sessions.
Dawid is extensively trained in Cognitive-Behavioural psychotherapy and has supported a wide range of people.
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Amanda is a qualified CBT and humanistic counsellor. Experienced in working with anxiety, anger and trauma.