Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
CBT works by helping you make sense of overwhelming problems by breaking them down into smaller parts. Your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected, often trapping you in a negative spiral. CBT helps you stop these negative cycles. It aims to break down factors that are making you feel bad, anxious or scared so that they are more manageable. It can show you how to change these negative patterns to improve the way you feel.
CBT cannot remove your problems, but can help you manage them in a more positive way. It encourages you to examine how your actions can affect how you think and feel. Talking and changing your behaviour can change how you think (cognitive) and what you do (behaviour). This can make you feel better about life. It’s an active, solution-focused form of therapy that helps us address those habitual behaviours that keep holding us back, and confront negative biases in the way we think and feel.
Evidence suggests that CBT is at least as effective as medication for depression, and leads to lower relapse rates. This is because it gets to the heart of the ‘vicious cycle’ of negative thoughts, feelings and actions that depression and anxiety can trap us in.
I am trained and experienced in a range of therapeutic approaches, including Person Centred Therapy, Transactional Analysis, Solution focused therapy and CBT, allowing me to adapt the therapeutic experience to meet your particular needs and emotional concerns. Rather than trying to match the client to a therapy, I’d much rather match therapy to the client.