We can all experience difficult times in
our lives that we may require help and support with. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an evidence based therapy commonly used to treat depression and anxiety, but it can be useful for treating
other mental and physical health problems.
CBT emphasises the relationship between
our thoughts, emotions, behaviours and physical symptoms (as seen in the diagram above). What often maintains the problem, keeping us trapped in the vicious cycle is our thoughts (what goes through
our mind) and our behaviours (what we do/how we respond). CBT helps to break this vicious cycle by learning to manage our thought processes and put into place more helpful behaviours/coping
strategies. As all the areas in the diagram are interconnected, changes in both our thoughts and behaviours would be expected to impact our emotions and our physical symptoms, reducing
overwhelming feelings and your improving day to day functioning.
Together in therapy you and I will work
together to break down your problems into the separate parts (as detailed in the diagram), we will analyse these parts together to identify what is maintaining your difficulties, and then apply CBT
techniques to overcome difficulties and reduce emotional intensity. In my practice I aim to provide you with the skills to independently manage your difficulties in the here and now, but also to
explore how you may use the CBT skills learnt to manage any future difficulties. CBT skills are lifelong skills if regularly practiced and integrated into your daily living.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
(CBT) is an evidenced based treatment, backed by substantial
research. The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends CBT for:
Generalized Anxiety (Worry/Nerves)
Specific Phobias (Fears)
Panic Disorder (Panic Attacks)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
You can access NICE guidelines here: https://www.nice.org.uk/
There is further evidence that suggests CBT may be helpful in treating:
Low Self Esteem
You may be able to identify with, and be experiencing some of the above difficulties. If you would like to explore whether CBT may be a
suitable option for you, please do contact us to discuss the current difficulties you are experiencing, to identify your therapy goals and explore together how CBT can
support you in making progress towards your goals.