Cognitive behavioural therapy is a combination of cognitive therapy and behavioural therapy. This means a CBT therapist is trained to help you understand how your thinking and behaviour influence your current situation, and how to develop new thinking and behaviour that enables you to address specific problems more effectively.
At KlearMinds, our CBT therapists in London use integrated cognitive behavioural therapy to help you understand the root of your problem and how to make changes that will last. Since some people find that symptoms can reoccur after a course of CBT alone, we combine CBT with other therapies to help you achieve changes you can maintain, for life.
Cognitive behavioural therapy has been shown to be extremely effective in dealing with a wide range of mental health issues including
Cognitive behavioural therapy is a structured, interactive therapy that employs explorative questions and a range of different exercises and behavioural experiments. Our CBT therapists use this formula to help you understand problems from a new perspective and develop more effective strategies for addressing your concerns successfully. Take a look at our comprehensive Guide to CBT Therapy for an in-depth explanation of how the therapy works, its effectiveness and how it compares to other treatments.
The government mental health recommendation (NICE) suggests between 6 to 24 sessions for effective treatment, depending on the severity of your issues. However, because each individual is unique, several factors can influence how many sessions of cognitive behavioural therapy you might need. To learn more, visit our recent blog post on this topic by clicking How many CBT therapy sessions are needed to treat anxiety.
The team at KlearMinds are no stranger to seeing people for whom previous CBT therapy has not been entirely successful. Many report that CBT had been helpful to some extent but they come to us because the results just haven’t lasted. We believe this phenomenon occurs because CBT therapy tends to focus predominantly on symptom relief (e.g. reducing anxiety, depression or OCD symptoms). CBT therapists do not focus on helping you understand how the roots of certain anxious or depressed states have been formed in childhood. In our opinion, if the root of a problem is not fully understood, it cannot be addressed effectively and the problem can return.
We believe more lasting change can be achieved by combining CBT techniques with a range of psychotherapy approaches that also help you understand and address the root cause of the problem(s) you face. Throughout life, we develop habits to manage the situations we encounter. Many acquired habits are problematic because they have been formed to deal with childhood situations, where we had “no choice” and our best option was “adaptation”. Through repetition, these habits become a “hardwired impulsive” response. Even when you recognise that you would prefer to take a better action, the “hardwired impulse” habit often takes over, leaving you anxious, stressed, obsessive, depressed and even angry at yourself for not being able to get the result you need.
At KlearMinds, we combine a range of therapies, including CBT, to help you understand how to deal with these old “hardwired impulses”. We can show you how to prevent habits, often learnt long ago, from ruining your current life and how to replace them with thinking and behaviour that suits your needs as an adult. This combined approach enables you to understand and overcome outdated habits and gives you the power to create the life you want to live, and no longer having to suffer from debilitating effects of anxiety, depression, obsessions or stress.
Here’s how one of our ex-clients describes how integrated CBT therapy worked for him:
“Recognising my own behaviour patterns, how things from the past have helped reinforce that behaviour and why such behaviour can be useful in some parts of life but detrimental to others was also extremely helpful. I feel stronger and more confident in my personal life as a result. Making very easy and minor changes or at least recognising why I feel good/bad at certain times helps me interact with more confidence and makes the future seem a lot less bleak than before!”
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