According to the BABCP, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy. Individuals are recommended to use CBT for a wide variety of reasons. It offers a strategy for exploring thoughts and beliefs and to understand these are linked to behaviours, mood and physical reactions.
The primary aim of CBT is to assist and guide individuals to find solutions that work for them, giving them the tools to become their own therapist. With the help of a CBT practitioner, the individual can learn how to apply new skills and techniques to old patterns of thinking and behaving.
CBT also aims to discover how problems are maintained, and challenges the individual seeking therapy to try alternative behaviours and thinking styles.
CBT can explore past traumas and childhood memories, looking at how these are effecting current feelings and thoughts. It can also help with the bereavement process, and current relationship behaviours. Conditions such as depression, anxiety and addiction can also be aided by the application of CBT.
The core of my CBT work is delivered through collaboration with the client. Our first session would involve an in-depth assessment, identifying thoughts, feelings and behaviours and ways of working together to challenge any negative patterns.
My CBT is always formulation driven i.e. it is based upon researched models with a strong clinical evidence base.