What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?

Posted February 15th, 2017

With so many different psychotherapy, coaching and counselling techniques to choose from, it can be bewildering to understand what they all mean. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is one of several therapies offered by the team at Klearminds.

It’s a type of talking treatment that combines cognitive therapy (examining your beliefs, attitudes and thoughts) with behavioural therapy (examining your feelings and actions). By focusing on how the way you think about situations and experiences affects your feelings and behaviours, CBT can teach you coping skills to break the cycle.

Negative thinking patterns may have developed a long time ago and, if allowed to continue, may influence how you feel about yourself many years later. The continuous cycle can look like this:

Diagram from www.mind.org.uk. Click here to read more.

Working with an experienced CBT therapist can help you identify and address your particular negative thinking patterns so that they cease to dictate your behaviour in the future. CBT can be a very effective treatment to help with a wide range of mental health issues including:

  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Phobias and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Anger Problems
  • Drug/Alcohol Dependencies
  • Eating Disorders
  • Sexual/Relationship Difficulties
  • ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Sleep Problems
  • Schizophrenia and Personality Disorders

CBT is typically a short term treatment of, say, 12 weekly sessions that can take place one-to-one, in a group setting or online. Within the setting of a supportive, non-judgmental relationship between yourself and the therapist, you may feel comfortable to open up to talk about difficult personal issues. As your therapy progresses, CBT will teach you new and more successful ways of coping with different situations, feelings, thoughts and behaviours that put you on a much healthier path.

CBT FOR ANXIETY – HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?

Posted March 16th, 2016

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When you suffer from anxiety, you want to feel better as soon as possible.

These days many people seek cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) as their treatment of choice for anxiety issues. This is because evidence based research demonstrates that CBT for anxiety can be a highly effective treatment and GPs often recommend it.

How long will it take? This is a question many people ask when seeking treatment. (more…)

Is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy More Effective Than Medication in Treating Anxiety?

Posted March 17th, 2015

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The strong feelings of fear, unease and worry that are hallmarks of anxiety can have a very negative impact on your life. Making the decision to get help for anxiety is a positive step. At the same time, it merits the question: what treatment should you choose?

Two of the most popular treatments for anxiety are Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and certain types of medication. This is due to the fact that both methods demonstrate good evidence in the successful treatment of anxiety.

However, is CBT more effective than medication in treating anxiety? How can you choose between the two, and when should you use both? (more…)

The History of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Posted January 14th, 2015
 History of CBT

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) has been gaining in popularity in recent years, as more people become aware of its effectiveness in treating common disorders such as anxiety and depression.

CBT is not a new therapy by any means and it has a practical structure which makes it easily measurable. These factors have resulted in a large body of successful clinical trials which, more recently, have secured its position as a recommended treatment on the NHS.

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Panic Attacks: How Can Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Help?

Posted December 1st, 2014

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It happened again. One minute you were trying to fall asleep, and the next thing you knew, you were sitting up straight in your bed struggling to catch your breath. You started to pace, opened up a window, lay down, and sat back up again, but nothing seemed to help. As your heart pounded rapidly, your anxiety grew to the point that you wondered if this was the end for you. About 20 minutes later, however, you were still alive and able to see the incident for what it really was: another panic attack.

There are few things in life that are more frightening than experiencing a panic attack. This might be something you can brush off if it happens once or twice, but if you suffer from regular panic attacks, you need to find a good solution so you can take control of your life and not live in fear over when the next attack will occur. One way that a lot of people are successfully dealing with panic attacks is by turning to cognitive behavioural therapy. (more…)

Cognitive Distortions and Thinking Errors – How Can CBT Help?

Posted November 28th, 2014

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When you’re feeling worried or stressed, would you say your thoughts are mostly positive or negative? If you’re like most people, negative thoughts run rampant and you might feel that you have trouble controlling them.

Some people who suffer from anxiety or depression say they wish they could “shut off” their thoughts. Often, it is actually these thoughts rather than the specific incident or situation that is causing the anxiety or depression in the first place. (more…)