Aspects of CBT

CBT differs from many other psychotherapies because it is:

  • pragmatic – it helps identify specific problems and tries to solve them
  • highly structured – rather than talking freely about your life, you and your therapist will discuss specific problems and set goals for you to achieve
  • focused on current problems – it is 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 will work with you to find solutions to your current difficulties

CBT Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

CBT is most often used to treat anxiety disorders or depression. However, it can also be used to treat: panic disorders eating disorders obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) bipolar disorder phobias stress post-traumatic stress disorder schizophrenia anger issues sleep problems CBT has been shown in clinical trials to help ease symptoms of various health problems. For example, research studies have shown that a course of CBT is just as likely to be effective as medication in treating depression and certain anxiety disorders.

The are long-term benefits of CBT techniques will teach you to combat stressful problems that you can apply to the rest of your life to help you keep symptom free. CBT is a form of psychotherapy, unlike any other it does not involve dwell on events in your past to gain insight into your emotional state of mind. It is not a “lie on the couch and tell all” type of therapy.

CBT deals with the here and now – how your current thoughts and behaviours are affecting you now. CBT recognises that events in your past have shaped the way that you currently think and behave. In particular, thought patterns and behaviours learned in childhood. CBT aims to find solutions to help change your current thoughts and behaviours so that you can function better now and in the future.

Tania Lee CBT Therapist BACBP Accredited

Ian Hollinshead Life Coach and CBT Practitioner