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What Is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a short-term, focused, goal-oriented therapy. Through scientific research, CBT has been shown to be highly effective for the treatment of multiple wellness concerns. These include Phobias, OCD, Depression, Anxiety, Anger, Stress Management, Relationships / Interpersonal Conflicts.

In CBT, the Therapist or Practitioner acts as a Coach, teaching helpful strategies that the client can practice between sessions. As a result, clients learn how to overcome their difficulties by changing some of their perspectives, behaviours, and emotional responses.

Key Features of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy:

The principle is to help people become more consciously  aware of their pattern of thinking – like NLP it acknowledges the link between thought, feelings, and actions/behaviour, but the challenge for CBT is that most thoughts are unconscious, and CBT does not work with the unconscious mind – CBT helps people build a conscious understanding of these connections.

Most often, our thoughts “runaway” with us and before we know it, the behaviour or pattern is running at full speed to try and work through the difficulties – by this stage it can prove challenging to cope with. CBT assists in the discovery of the triggers and behaviours so that more useful strategies can be developed.

The client and Practitioner become a team and work together to discover the ways of thinking that are keeping the client stuck in negative cycles. Consequently, once we identify this, we start using strategies to shift these thinking patterns into more positive and productive ones.

CBT requires the individual to talk open and honestly with their Certified Practitioner, about what is holding them back and the difficulties they are experiencing. Your Practitioner will guide you through a process to explore your current situation, thoughts, behaviour, emotions, and physical reactions whilst exploring the links between them, by using a proven CBT framework. Throughout this process you will try to challenge your own thoughts beliefs and attitudes.

Client-Centred Goal Planning:

In Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, we ask the client to decide what goals he/she would like to achieve by the end of the sessions, so we can measure their results. Additionally, people have a positive attitude and are excited to see that they are working towards their goals. It motivates them to practice what they learn between sessions.

For instance, a CBT session usually consists of a psycho-educational aspect. Afterward, it is followed by a component where the client uses what they are learning and applies these strategies to their personal situation, during which they frequently have insights about unwanted patterns. Finally, there is a summary of the session, and homework is agreed between the Certified Practitioner and client to practice what has been learnt.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: The Sessions 

During the CBT sessions clients work closely with their Certified Practitioner to learn
specific skills and techniques to: 

CBT is a very active style of therapy with different approaches (protocols), for different areas of focus. Usually, the first step in the CBT would be to help the individual start doing activities that they find enjoyable at their own pace. Step- by- step, they will work towards becoming more active and engaged with life. Consequently, the client will feel better with themselves, others, and the world around them.

CBT sessions run approximately 50 minutes in length. They are typically weekly at the beginning and continue every 2 weeks thereafter. Usually, this spans over 8 to 16 sessions. However, the goal is to teach clients to be their own therapists.

By the end of the therapy, they will be equipped with the tools to help themselves and possibly prevent relapse. So, if you are struggling with an unwanted behaviour that you or the people around you find disconcerting, you may want to give CBT a chance! You do not have much to lose, and you have much to gain.

In fact, just in a few sessions, you can start applying the techniques that you’ve learnt. How would your life be if you could act in a way that made you feel satisfied, and made others feel good, would this give you a sense of inner peace? This is what Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can help you achieve.

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