Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy more widely known as ‘CBT’ is a therapy that focuses on the way people think and act in order to help them overcome their emotional and psychological problems and difficulties. It helps people recognise and understand the unhealthy thoughts and beliefs which lead to these negative behaviour patterns.
The Power of the Belief System
Frequently these negative processes are seemingly natural and are therefore accepted as normal to the individual, as they have usually been repeated and subsequently reinforced over a period of time so it feels like ‘it’s just the way I am’. When the conflict between the subconscious and conscious parts of the mind put pressure on our psyche they create stress and that is when we end up with symptoms and problems that need to be addressed.
Guard your Focus of Attention well
CBT works on the basis that you feel the way you think. So if you focus on negative thoughts and feelings such as fear and anxiety you will feel negative, scared and anxious. Whereas if you think positively and optimistically you will feel happy, optimistic and motivated.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) on the NHS
CBT is a popular treatment methodology used by the NHS and research has shown that people who have it for a variety of problems stay well for longer, in particular those suffering from stress, anxiety and depression. Doctors and Psychiatrists regularly refer their patients for CBT to help them overcome a wide range of problems. Due to the highly structured nature of the therapy, it is often carried out in a number of formats. CBT can be undertaken as a talking therapy on a one to one basis or in a group therapy environment. It can also be provided in the form of software (computer based therapy), self-help books and other training materials.
Getting the Right Therapy for You
As with any problem, it is essential that the right type of therapy is used with the presenting problem in order to achieve the desired outcome and success. Whilst CBT is proven to be an effective type of therapy, it is not a panacea for all ills. There are many other talking therapies available and it is about choosing the one that feels right for you, this will undoubtedly contribute to the success of your therapy as well as working with a Therapist whom you feel comfortable with.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Hypnotherapy
Claire Rich Therapy finds that CBT is usually particularly effective when combined with Hypnotherapy. By working directly with the subconscious part of the mind first and doing that all important reprogramming, it can then be easier for the individual to create and implement the relevant thought and behavioural processes required to achieve the desired change. The therapy uses a systematic approach to overcoming the particular symptom, problem or illness and does rely on the individual being committed and motivated.
Activating Inner Strengths and Resources
Hypnotherapy can help to activate the innate strengths and resources within each and every one of us, helping us achieve our goals with determination and confidence.
Why choose CBT
If you are fed up of repeating the same old negative, destructive thought and behaviour patterns and feel stuck - it’s time you did something different to break that vicious cycle. If you want to feel happier, more positive and energetic then CBT could be the way to a Richer Life for you!
The Client Centred Approach
Our Therapists work in a client-centred way which means that you will receive the therapy that is just right for you, your personality type and the goals you are seeking to achieve. We are all totally unique and our Therapists are able to draw on their extensive knowledge and experience to use the appropriate methodology to help you get to where you want to be. It can actually be fun discovering and understanding how you function. Therapy doesn’t always have to be serious and we are not adverse to using humour in our consulting rooms as and when is appropriate. Laughter is after all said to be one of the best forms of medicine!
Duration of Therapy
This very much depends on the individual, their personality type and the presenting problem. In some cases a few sessions may be all that is needed, whereas in others more ongoing, regular support may be required. A course of CBT does tend to be relatively short compared to other types of talking therapies, in particular when combined with Hypnotherapy. As a rough guide 6 to 12 sessions could be all that is needed. Your Therapist will discuss this with you at the Free Initial Consultation.
Rest assured clients are never in therapy longer than they need to be, as our objective is to help you achieve your goals. Each client works in a different way and at a different pace and we adapt to you and your individual needs.
All sessions are based on a 50-minute hour and are held on a weekly basis unless agreed otherwise.
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