Key Features Of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
CBT is a type of talking therapy that focuses on the here and now. At the heart of CBT is the premise that our thoughts, feelings, physical symptoms and behaviours are interconnected, and that negative thoughts can trap us in a vicious cycle.
CBT is the therapy most widely recognised but is an umbrella term for several varieties of therapy, all closely linked, one of which is Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy (REBT).
According to REBT, it is largely our thinking about events that leads to emotional and behavioural upset. I work with clients to teach them how to examine and challenge their unhelpful thinking which creates unhealthy emotions and behaviours. Tools are used to change these to healthier thoughts to improve the way you feel - breaking the cycle.
We all have the ability to have healthy, realistic thoughts and feelings but during periods of stress, anxiety or depression we sometimes need guidance on how to achieve these, rather than fearing the worst.
CBT as a whole has strong evidence in improving mental health and is also recommended by the NHS for a variety of symptoms including:
Depression, Anxiety, Panic Disorder, OCD, Insomnia, Anger, Eating Disorders and IBS amongst other things.