The idea behind CBT is that our thoughts and behaviours have an effect on each other. That by changing the way we think or behave in a situation, we can change the way we feel about life. The therapy examines learnt behaviours, habits and negative thought patterns with the view of adapting and turning them into a positive.
Unlike some other therapies, CBT is rooted in the present and looks to the future. While past events and experiences are considered during the sessions, the focus is more on current concerns. During a CBT session, your therapist will help you understand any negative thought patterns you have. You will learn how they affect you and most importantly, what can be done to change them.
CBT has become one of the most popular forms of talking therapy. It is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Core Excellance (NICE) for common mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety. During the treatment, your therapist will work with you and help you focus on the ‘here and now’, they will help you recognise how past events may have shaped your thinking and behaviours and help you to change these thoughts and behaviours.