Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

 

This approach considers how our thoughts or interpretations we make about situations inform our feelings and how we behave. It identifies the repeating cycles we can get into as well as some of the beliefs or behaviours that are holding these in place. Once these have been identified, the therapist works collaboratively with the client to consider ways to gently challenge some of these beliefs and gradually change the behaviours. This brings relief to the painful feelings clients are often experiencing when they start therapy, and provides techniques for staying well in the future. Depending on the issue, therapy usually takes around 8-10 weekly sessions. This can be extended for more complex issues. CBT can be useful for specific issues such as anxiety, insomnia or depression.