Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a practical approach that seeks to define concrete goals and uses active techniques to reach them. As a cognitive-behavioral therapist, I look at your ways of thinking and behavior and how these patterns are reinforced and maintained by you within your environment.
Once an understanding of symptoms and behavior is achieved, we work together to devise changes in the patterns and behaviours. This process is repeated until the original goals are met.
Paying attention to any irrational thinking patterns (e.g., automatic thoughts, catastrophic thinking) that you ma have is central to the approach.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy helps you to challenge your negative beliefs and to think about times when you have been successful or to consider what happens to other people in similar situations.
Once you are thinking more realistically, you are encouraged to imagine how you might go about confronting a feared situation. CBT can help with:
- Anxiety or an inability to cope or concentrate
- Inability to deal with stress or recover from stressful situations
- Lack of confidence or excessive shyness
- Feelings of depression, sadness, grief or emptiness
- Extreme mood swings
- Difficulty making or sustaining relationships, or repeatedly becoming involved in unsatisfying or destructive relationships
- Sexual problems
- Difficulties in coming to terms with losses such as bereavement, divorce or loss of employment
- Eating disorders
- Self harm
- Obsessive behaviour
- Panic attacks and phobia
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