Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an evidence based talking therapy which works well with a range of difficulties such as Anxiety, Depression and Eating Disorders. Whilst other therapies such as counselling may be more inclined to work on events of the past, CBT works on addressing the ‘here and now’ and what maintains such problems in the present. It aims to understand links between thoughts, feelings, behaviours and physical symptoms which can lead to negative ‘vicious cycles’. CBT offers strategies to help break these cycles and provide more positive coping mechanisms.
The diagram here shows how our thoughts, feelings, behaviours and physical symptoms can impact on each other and create ‘vicious cycles’. So, for example a person who is suffering from depression may begin to experience quite negative thoughts such as ‘nothing ever goes right’ or ‘it all seems too much’ which can lead to emotions/feelings such as sadness or despair. Understandably, when a person feels this way they will likely change the way they behave. For instance, they may stop doing their usual household chores or socialising. They may also then begin to feel physically more and more lethargic and can experience poor sleep. This can therefore lead to further negative thoughts. Different people will have differing coping strategies, thoughts, feelings and physical symptoms and hence CBT will initially help identify your own cycle. We will then work together to help break this.
The nature of CBT is very structured and goal-oriented. You will be given tasks to do between sessions to help you make positive changes. At MindCalm, I can offer a safe, non-judgemental and supportive environment in which we can work together to set goals and work towards achieving them in a manageable way.