If you would like to change the way you think about situations to help you overcome your anxieties and behave differently, you may wish to try the popular talking therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
CBT focuses on helping you to change how you think (‘Cognitive’) and how you act (‘Behavioural’). Unlike some other talking treatments, the focus of CBT is on assisting you with your present problems and difficulties, rather than the causes of your distress or symptoms from the past.
What does CBT involve?
CBT entails you discussing your thoughts about yourself, the world and other people, and how your behaviour affects your thoughts and feelings. It is founded on the premise that when you interpret a situation negatively, you may have negative emotions as a result, leading you to act in a less helpful way than would have been the case if you had interpreted the same situation positively.
A therapist can work with you to identify and challenge your negative thinking patterns and behaviour. This, in turn, can help you to change how you feel about certain situations and adopt more useful behaviours in future.
CBT typically works in part by breaking down what may currently seem to be overwhelming problems into smaller parts, starting with a given situation such as a troubling problem or event, and proceeding to consider such elements as your thoughts, emotions, physical feelings and actions. Each of these areas can exert influence on the other.
Is CBT right for me?
CBT is a proven treatment for a range of mental health conditions, from panic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) to depression and anxiety disorders. However, it is also not a ‘quick fix’, and while your therapist can advise and encourage you, it is crucial that you are sufficiently motivated to complete the treatment.
Contact Counselling Central today for more information about Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and to discuss in more detail whether this talking treatment could be right for you.