Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT is a short-term (usually 6-12 sessions) model of therapy which is goal-focussed and explores and challenges patterns of thinking and behaviour that may be driving and maintaining your difficulties. Our thoughts, feelings, behaviours and physical responses are all interlinked. We develop patterns of thinking and behaviour stemming from our underlying beliefs about ourselves, other people and the world in general. These underlying beliefs grow from our life experiences and even if they do not represent reality in our current lives, we often do not stop to explore them and question the impact they are having on our emotional wellbeing and ability to reach our full potential.
CBT focuses on your current difficulties and aims to help you to break down and understand your current thinking and behavioural patterns, offering practical strategies to support you in managing your life. You will gain an understanding of how your own thinking, behaviours and emotions impact on one another and develop a ‘toolkit’ of practical strategies to use to improve your emotional wellbeing.
Difficulties that CBT is helpful for include those relating to anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), stress, panic, phobias and single-event traumas such as following a car accident.