COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY
WHAT IS CBT?
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy which focuses on the connection between our thoughts, feelings and behaviours. CBT helps people to manage problems through learning coping skills and focuses on the client being involved in exercises during sessions which can then be applied to daily life.
HOW DOES CBT WORK?
Cognitive Behavioural therapy focuses on the model that your thoughts, behaviours, feelings and physiology are all connected together. By developing a deeper understanding of this you will be able to have greater knowledge in understanding your problems. CBT looks at breaking down your problems into small achievable goals and using CBT models, theories and principles to manage your mental health problems more effectively. CBT is a form of therapy which focuses on the present and your current problems.
USES OF CBT
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is an effective form of treatment and is recommended by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence for treating a range of mental health conditions including:
WHAT DO SESSIONS LOOK LIKE?
Before you are offered a CBT session with a therapist you are often offered a telephone consultation to discuss your problems, address any concerns and assess your suitability for CBT. Once you feel comfortable to book a session you will then be offered an initial assessment session. This is a 60 minute session where a therapist will understand your background, history and the current problems you are experiencing. Within the assessment you will be introduced to the concept of CBT.
After an initial assessment, sessions are often offered once a week or every 2 weeks. CBT treatment can last anywhere between 6 and 24 sessions depending on the clients needs and the problems they are experiencing.
Within your initial sessions you will be introduced to the model of CBT and will set some goals with the therapist that you want to achieve. You will work collaboratively with the therapist to overcome your problems. As sessions progress you will work towards specific CBT models which will help you to understand why and how your problem is being maintained. Together you will work through exercises with your therapist to give you a better understanding of how to change thoughts and behaviours. Your therapist will support you through this process. As you work through activities you will be encouraged to apply these changes to your daily life and practice them within your own time. By applying the lessons you have learnt in therapy you will be developing coping skills to manage your problems and mental health more effectively.