“Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them.” ~ Epictetus
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in Woodford Green and Loughton, Essex.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a short to mid-term therapy which helps to challenge negative thought patterns, feelings and behaviour. It is a form of therapy that takes a practical, solution focused approach to presenting issues.
CBT is based on the belief that people learn most of their unhealthy, negative and destructive ways of thinking and subsequent negative behaviour over a long period of time. The good news though is what you have learnt in the past, you can unlearn in the present. Using CBT techniques, you can learn to replace old, negative ways of thinking with new positive ways of thinking and behaving. Using a number of structured techniques, CBT aims to identify negative thought patterns and link them to problematic feelings and behaviours. Once these have been identified CBT aims to challenge these negative thought patterns so that you can learn to react more positively.
CBT will normally focus on what is going on for you in the present, although this does not mean the past is not taken into account. Often we will look at how thinking patterns may have their roots in childhood and how they are now impacting on you in the present.
CBT will help you to take a step back and start recognising your automatic thought patterns. This is partly achieved through the use of homework assignments. It is recognised that most of your experiences happen outside of the therapy room and therefore homework becomes an important part of the CBT process. You may be asked to keep a journal of events, so that your thought patterns can be examined in subsequent sessions. There are also a number of exercises that you will be asked to complete in order to address the presenting issues. A number of tools and techniques will be used to help you build up your own inner resources.
CBT can be an effective therapy for a number of issues, including:
- Anger management
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Drug or alcohol problems
- Eating problems
- General health problems
- Mood swings
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Sexual and relationship problems
- Sleep problems
If it is felt that an issue may be deep-rooted, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy may be used in combination with other approaches to therapy such as a Psychodynamic or a Person-Centred Approach.
Cognitive Behvioural Therapy or CBT is now being offered in Woodford Green and Loughton, Essex