CBT is based on the idea that the way we think about situations can affect the way we feel and behave. In CBT you learn to stop the cycle of negative thinking and you work to identify and challenge any negative thinking patterns and behaviour which may be causing all sorts of difficulties in your life. In turn this can change the way you feel about situations, and enable you to change your behaviour in the future. CBT is a flexible therapy that can help in many mental health issues including anger problems, anxiety and panic disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) phobias, sleep problems and depression.
Cognitive behavioural therapy is a talking therapy that can help both emotional and physical health problems by changing the way that you think and behave. Your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are all connected causing a cycle of thoughts and behaviours that keep you in a vicious cycle. CBT deals with the problems you are currently facing and the effects they are having on your life, helping you to find practical ways to improve your state of mind on a daily basis.
CBT is very effective in treating many issues including depression, anxiety, OCD, phobias, eating disorders, insomnia amongst many other things. We will work by breaking down your problems into their separate parts – such as your thoughts, physical feelings and actions and then form a new pattern of thinking and behaving to practice daily which will help to change your thoughts and feelings over time.
CBT cannot remove your problems completely, but it can help you to deal with problems in a more positive way. With this in mind I use elements of CBT in therapy with clients to help to start effectively making changes in thoughts and behaviours but use other methods to help remove the problem completely.
The diagram below shows how our feelings, thoughts and behaviour can create a cycle that we can get ‘stuck’ in. CBT helps to stop the negative cycle.