CBT looks at the cognitive way in which you think and feel. It examines how your thinking can directly influence your behaviour.
It is a form of talking therapy; you learn to change the way you see the world and find new coping skills.
You can get into negative thinking patterns as result of experiences and you can be stuck going around a behavioural 'loop'. What you thought (Thoughts), has affected how you felt (Feelings) and what you did (Behaviours).
These behaviours may be unwelcome but still reoccur, as you remain going around the loop in new situations.
If we failed to achieve something in our past, we might remain feeling depressed about it today.
That behavioural loop of Thoughts, Feelings and resulting Behaviour is pictured above.
CBT works to explore and question the negative interpretations of situations and thus break the continuous cycle of unhelpful patterns in your thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
During therapy, we will work together to investigate the particular types of thoughts and behaviours you have, which trigger your emotional and behavioural responses.
I will help you understand how these came about. You can then choose to modify the way you think.
CBT is a proven therapy and is recommended by The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for depression and anxiety.
It does require your commitment to weekly sessions and willingness to spend time working on your behaviours at home.
I will give you the support you need but you will be confronting unhelpful habitual thinking and you may find yourself out of your comfort zone during therapy.
CBT does not concentrate on your past but focuses on how your past affects your present. You cannot change your past but you can decide whether your past will continue to impact on your future.