Stress and anxiety affect the way we think, feel and behave and has many unpleasant physical symptoms.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a collaborative therapy where the therapist takes an active part in helping the client to solve their problem. We work together towards understanding the problem insofar as how thoughts, feelings and behaviour affect their life and how they live it. It resembles educating/coaching and together we set realistic goals and also decide which techniques work best for the client personally.
It is becoming more and more popular with many G.P.’s and the NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) recommending it in particular for the treatment of depression and anxiety.
It is based on an ever-evolving formulation of the client and their problems in cognitive terms.
It requires a sound therapeutic alliance.
It emphasises collaboration and active participation.
The therapy is goal oriented and problem focused.
The therapy initially emphasises the present.
The therapy is educative, aims to teach the client to be his or her own Therapist, and emphasises relapse prevention.
It aims to be time limited.
The therapy sessions are structured.
The therapy teaches the client to identify, evaluate and respond to their Dysfunctional thoughts and beliefs.
The therapy uses a variety of techniques to change thinking, mood and behaviour.