CBT stands for Cogntive Behavioural Therapy. You may have read articles that have referred to CBT or may have heard other people mention it, but do you know what it is? Basically, CBT is a particular type of counselling which helps you to make connections between your thoughts, your behaviours, your feelings and your physical symptoms.
It helps you to discover what is maintaining your problem(s) and looks for patterns that you might be repeating, but may be unaware of.
Sometimes, when life is stressful, or when something bad has happened, or for reasons unknown, the thoughts that a person has may be extreme or unhelpful, but nevertheless, they are the thoughts that someone is having and which are causing them to feel sad, despondent etc.
CBT can help you to gain perspective on these thoughts. It can challenge the accuracy of them, and help you to consider other possibilities, which may lead you you feel differently. It sounds like common sense doesn't it, and in many ways, that's exactly what it is. Once you have learned how to apply CBT techniques to your own thought patterns and behaviours, you will hopefully be able to become your own therapist, and these skills should remain with you all through your life.
It's not quite as simple as it sounds. It takes time, committment and honesty. It sometimes involves you having to think deeply and to reflect on things that might be painful. There are often tasks to do between counselling sessions, which will have been agreed together (we do not tell you what to do, but will agree something with you that you think sounds achievable, and helpful). Sometimes, we may leave the counselling room to participate in behavioural experiments, for example, if you are afraid of water, there is not a lot of point in us sitting in a counselling room talking about it each week - at some point, we will go to the water (that is the behavioural part of the cognitive behavioural therapy).
Everything that is done is done collaboratively (meaning together), so you will be in control all the time. You will not be given advice, and we will not tell you what to do, but we will explain to you how research has shown evidence that CBT works for certain types of difficulty.
There is a lot more that we can tell you about CBT and lots more information on the internet that you can research for yourself if you want to. If you want to contact us to ask us any questions about it, before deciding to come for therapy with us, please feel welcome to. If you do decide that CBT might be what you are looking for, please contact us and make an appointment for an assessment session, and we can then go into things in more detail. If it turns out that you don't want CBT or we feel that it wouldn't be suitable for you, but you do still want counselling with us, we have counsellors that can offer integrative or person centred counselling too.
"Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he'll feed himself for life"