Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

This is the first of several pages I will add to my website about different ways of working in counselling.  The description below is my own take on CBT. 

The clue is in the title – cognitive means we spend some time exploring the way you think, your core beliefs about yourself, the world and the issue at hand, and behavioural means we look at how your thoughts influence your behaviours, possibly leading to you acting in ways that are unhelpful to you.   The third aspect is not in the title but is equally important: feelings.  We look at how the three elements work together to either give you a hard time or a good time in life.  Then we look at what aspects of these things you’d like to change, and practise ways of doing that. 

Usually the best way of exploring all of the above is by using recent real life examples. 

The good news is that because thoughts, feelings and behaviours all affect each other, you can make changes in one element and the others will tag along.  The more challenging aspect is that changing habits of thoughts or behaviours can sometimes be hard work.

As you can tell from the above, CBT generally focuses on the present and the future, rather than looking back into the past to see where these things came from in the first place (though there is always a place for that too if you are interested).