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What Is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

If you are finding yourself trapped in the same old mood spirals, then cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can help you find your way out.

The theory behind CBT is the interplay between how you think and your emotions, behaviours, and habits. It can help you identify unhelpful thoughts and rewrite them to be more realistic and constructive, which in turn help you set new goals and change your behaviour. It is commonly used to help treat a range of conditions, including physical and mental health conditions, and insomnia.

For instance, if you suffer from depression, your mind may be filled with thoughts such as ‘nothing will help me feel better’. These thoughts will reinforce themselves in your mind, leading you to truly believe there is no way out.

However, with CBT, you can help identify these thoughts, and restructure them, for example ‘I feel crappy, and it’s hard to talk to friends, but seeing them could help, even if only a little.’

Compared with traditional talk therapy, CBT is generally more collaborative, structured, and focused on problem-solving in the here and now rather than revisiting your past. If you’re feeling stuck, CBT can provide the guide and game plan you need to move forward.

CBT can help with: depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, insomnia, loneliness, substance use problems, seasonal affective disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and easing mood-related symptoms in caregivers and people living with a variety of health conditions such as chronic pain.

CBT sessions are typically an hour a week for between 10 to 25 weeks. Your therapist will ask you questions to reveal your ideal outcome from the therapy, and likely set you homework assignments and goals to help achieve your aims.

If you’re looking for cognitive behavioural therapy in London, get in touch today.

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