Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – Can it help me feel better?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, often shortened to CBT, is a directive form of counselling and psychological therapy that focuses on understanding how our thoughts affect our behaviour. It is based on the belief that feelings result from our thoughts and if dysfunctional or negative, result in conditions like anxiety, depression and related actions.
We have all experienced times when we are worrying about something and go over and over it in our minds. We also know how this makes us feel emotionally and in our bodies. The negativity spreads. When these associations are so strong or a person’s behaviour is destructive, self-deprecating or simply underminines them having a great life because they feel negative all the time, CBT can help.
If this is what is happening to you, CBT can help you identify your typical thought patterns, challenge them and helps you develop new connections. Thus, new thoughts can be established. For example, You can be helped to look for solutions rather than saying ‘I have no choice’ or ‘this always happens to me’. New thoughts can be encouraged such as ‘What do I need to do now to change this?’ ‘How can I look at this differently?’ Asking more positive, solution-focused questions results in a greater sense of emotional wellbeing. Over time, this will become a more natural way of thinking, resulting in more positive feelings and subsequent actions which serve you more effectively.
I often include elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in my work with clients. I include this within a philosophical way of working based on the belief that life is challenging and we have choice of how to respond – often we deny we have choice or fail to see where it exists. CBT works well within this because it puts you in the driving seat – you can become the captain of your own mind – and literally ‘You become what you think about’.
Now what sort of life could you create if you were helped to think differently? What might you attract and what might you have been missing so far?