Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
How CBT Works
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can help you make sense of overwhelming problems by breaking them down into smaller parts.
CBT is based on the concept of certain situations evoking thoughts, behaviours, emotions and physical feelings which in turn are interconnected and affect each other. For example, your thoughts about a certain situation can often affect how you feel both physically and emotionally, as well as how you act in response.
It is one of the most effective talking therapies that helps with how you think and behave. CBT looks at problems not necessarily as they are, but rather how we perceive them to be. CBT deals with your present concerns, rather than dwelling on issues from your past, unlike some other talking therapies.
Why CBT Works
CBT has been found to be a highly effective and efficient form of therapy which has proven its worth in research.
- Pragmatic – it helps identify specific problems and tries to solve them
- Structured – rather than talking freely about your life, you and your therapist discuss specific problems and set goals for you to achieve
- Focused on current problems – it’s mainly concerned with how you think and act now rather than attempting to resolve past issues
- Collaborative – your therapist will not tell you what to do; they’ll work with you to find solutions to your current difficulties.