£50 per 50 min session. Minimum 10 sessions per client. Pay for 10 sessions up front and save £50. CBT or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a wonderful talking therapy that is composed of three main areas that includes Cognitive (the process of our thoughts), Behavioural (our actions), Therapy (how we work through and implement change). I love the saying ‘You can’t go back to the start and make a new beginning, but you can start from now and make a new end’. CBT can help facilitate this, as it understands that what we think about, we bring about. What we focus our attention on we create, be it good or bad. CBT works on the individual’s current life and helps them look to the future, it does not dwell on or regurgitate their past.
- CBT understands that psychological problems are based, in part, on unuseful thinking patterns.
- CBT helps individuals to challenge unuseful thinking patterns and to develop coping mechanisms which will ease their symptoms and allow them to live healthier and more effective lives.
- CBT tools offer individuals coping mechanisms that work to relieve problematic mind states.
- CBT works to help individuals change thinking patterns that are problematic and not beneficial.
- CBT allows clients to recognise and understand their distorted thought processes and offers the client the opportunity to address the thoughts logically.
- CBT allows clients to recognise and understand not only their behaviours but the behaviours of others in their lives.
- CBT uses and teaches problem-solving techniques and better ways of working.
- CBT can incorporate mindfulness and calming techniques that work on the whole person, mind, body and energy.
- CBT allows clients to safely face their fears.
CBT aims to help clients to problem solve in a healthy way by assisting them to change their patterns of thoughts and feelings (thinking and behaviour). CBT works to address a client’s behavioural traits and attitudes by guiding the client to focus not only on their attitudes but also on the way that they think, feel, believe and imagine. This then highlights how these patterns are stored in their personal cognitive process, suggesting how they mentally process their life issues from thinking, knowing, remembering, and judging all aspects of their lives and scenarios that they are involved in.
The theory behind CBT suggests that it is rarely the actual physical act of a life event that distresses us, but rather the importance, meaning or significance that we attribute to the event itself and the hold that it then has over us. Negative thoughts can cloud judgement, can alter or skew our natural way of thinking and processing and can corrupt the actual truth to become the client’s version of the truth, something that they believe is true to them, but not the actual truth. CBT aims to break down large overwhelming life issues into smaller bite-size chunks so that no one issue is too over facing. Clients are then better able to successfully process each smaller area before they move on to the next.
Negative thought processes are said to be based on or feed by several aspects which can not only affect the client but also individuals that may interact with the client such as:
- Thoughts, feelings and emotions.
- Actions and reactions.
- Dreams, visions and aspirations.
- Situational and locational issues.
- Physical responses – The way the body interprets the above processes.
This highlights that the processes behind how a client perceives a problem can influence how they are in turn affected both emotionally and physically by the problem, further supporting the mind-body correlation and the interconnectedness of all human processes.
CBT could really help you to formulate better ways of thinking, living and engaging in your life. Clients must commit upfront to a minimum of 10 sessions, this consists of 1 session per week for 10 weeks. Many clients continue on for another round of sessions after the initial 10, this can be discussed further once sessions have commenced.