What is CBT therapy?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a type of talking therapy that is well supported here in the United Kingdom. This support comes from healthcare operators like the NHS, and other leading Employment Assisted Programmes (EAPs), who see an importance with short term therapeutic work. It could be that you are living with ongoing mental health conditions, or that at this current time you have been diagnosed with health, anxiety or health difficulties. In short, CBT looks at how your brain (cognition) works within each day, week and month to observe behavioural patterns in life. The short term work of 6 – 8 weeks seeks to help you be observant and control how you do both.
How can CBT help?
There are qualified and trained practitioner who will have resources to be observant for you at the start. When you begin it is likely you will want to share a great many thoughts, feelings and emotions with a therapist. And this is okay. In fact, I welcome it. Let us say you are facing a crisis at home, at work or elsewhere, there could be no end of thoughts, feelings and emotions which you constantly think over. You may even be acting in an unhealthy or even dangerous way that may put your wellbeing at risk. CBT has peer reviewed empirical based evidence which suggests that it can help break apart how you think, feel and show emotions to find a better and healthier balance.
Is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for you?
In my previous blog I explained the differences between counselling and CBT. It would be helpful to add that as a cognitive behavioural analysis can feel directive. Perhaps, it may even feel like you are being told what to do. A way cognitive behavioural therapy is effective will come from the actively working on yourself outside each session. This means that while you are living with ongoing mental health conditions, or that at this current time you have been diagnosed with health, anxiety or health difficulties, that you observe what is happening or may be changing between sessions.
By working together in this way we can set agendas around what it is you want to achieve. It gives you space to put feedback into the therapeutic relationship which will build your understanding. For this type of work to help you there will be many invitations to look within. And yes, this can feel uncomfortable. Hence why it is a professional hope that the face to face space at Gandy Street, Exeter or online provides a safe, non-judgemental and confidential place to collaborate on what it is you are feeling.
What happens during a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy session?
At the start of your free 20 minute introduction you will receive an assessment from me. Based upon this, I will have started to build a bespoke client therapeutic programme. Before your arrival, there will be an expectancy that certain important difficulties will present in each session. It could be that you are living with ongoing mental health conditions, or that at this current time you have been diagnosed with health, anxiety or health difficulties. Or, you may have one reoccurring thing happening in your world which needs your immediate attention. Given this information we will most likely work on a singular theme for the short term therapy. You will arrive and when you are comfortable, we will begin to talk in a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space on how you would like to build belief and confidence in what is troubling you in this current time.
How will I know Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is working?
This is a tough question to answer because it is subjective. However, the likelihood is that you will feel more control over the problem you have, or that you have worked towards the discovery of what causes you to think, feel and show emotions as you do. Together we will look at key cognitions and behaviours to adapt your life towards change. You will effectively become someone who can name and adjust patterns of behaviour which cause difficulties for you. I would finally add, it is not a ‘quick fix’ that has 6 – 8 weeks to change your whole life and resolve every problem you face. This is very much a course of treatment which helps over the short term. As an integrative counsellor who uses counselling and cognitive behavioural approaches, I can make the assessment to what would best suit your needs.