Private Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of talk therapy that is effective for a range of problems including depression, anxiety disorders, alcohol and drug use problems, marital problems, eating disorders and severe mental illness. Research suggests that CBT leads to significant improvement in functioning and quality of life. CBT helps individuals cope with their problems by changing the way they think. CBT is based on the idea that thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and behaviours are all interrelated, and negative thoughts tend to trap people in a self-destructive cycle.
Private Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

The underlying concepts of CBT are:

  • Psychological issues are partly based on faulty and unhelpful ways of thinking.

  • Psychological issues are partly based on learned patterns of unhelpful behaviour.

  • People suffering from psychological problems are usually able to learn better ways of coping with them, in order to feel better and to have more fulfilling lives.

Strategies to change thinking patterns might include:

  • Using problem-solving skills to cope with difficult situations.

  • Learning to identify one’s own distortions in thinking that are causing problems, and then rethinking them in light of reality.

  • Learning to develop a greater sense of confidence is one’s own abilities.

CBT treatment also usually involves efforts to change behavioural patterns. These strategies might include:

  • Facing one’s fears instead of avoiding them.

  • Using role playing to prepare for potentially problematic interactions with others.

  • Learning to calm one’s mind and relax one’s body.

What happens during Cognitive Behavioural Therapy sessions?​

During CBT sessions, the therapist will encourage their client to break their problems, which may seem overwhelming, into smaller parts. The therapy deals mostly with current problems, rather than focusing on issues from the client’s past. The CBT therapist looks for practical ways for the client to be able to improve their thinking on a daily basis. CBT is normally broken down into between five and 20 sessions, each lasting approximately one hour. During each session, clients work with their therapist to break down problems into separate parts – and to start to distinguish between thoughts, physical feelings and behaviours. They then help to determine if these thoughts, feelings, and behaviours are unhelpful, unrealistic, or how they are affecting the client. After figuring out what could be changed, the therapist will ask the client to put these processes into action so that he or she learns to manage problems rather than allowing them to have a negative impact on their life. The steps learnt in CBT can then be used throughout the patient’s daily life, even after they finish their sessions.

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