Cognitive Behavoural Therapy (CBT)

CBT helps you change the way you think—the cognitive part–and the way you act—the behavioural part. It focuses on the present and future rather than the past. It works on how to change things rather than on why they have happened.

CBT helps you understand the workings of your mind, so that you have better control. It gives you an ‘owner’s manual’ for your brain. This makes it essential wherever being in better control of your own thoughts and behaviour is your goal.

CBT is based on teaching you how to use this approach for yourself, so you need to spend enough time to grasp the principles. This usually takes about six to eight sessions.

From birth or even before, each of us starts to create a mental map of the world. We interpret every event and draw lessons from it. This map is usually partly accurate and partly wrong. We develop the most important parts of it when our minds are those of infants or children. Yet we often carry these interpretations through life with us.

CBT focuses on understanding your own mental map, and updating it and changing it where necessary to allow us to function better in the present.

CBT is often the treatment of choice for:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety and Panic
  • Phobias
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder

CBT is ‘one of the most effective treatments for conditions where anxiety or depression is the main problem’ Royal College of Psychiatrists

Lucille Fall DMH, Dhyp, MFET, CPNLP - Emotional Therapy and Clinical Hypnotherapist

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