Cognitive behavioural therapy is a type of psychotherapy in which negative patterns of thought about the self and the world are challenged in order to alter unwanted behaviour patterns. This approach is practical, collaborative and focuses on observing your thoughts, feelings, emotions and behaviours to overcome emotional distress.
I use cognitive behavioural therapy in the treatment of a variety of mental health concerns in children, young people and adults. Adopting a collaborative, practical approach, I aim to gain an understanding of the relationship between your thoughts, feelings, body responses and behaviour and examine how these can be having a negative effect on your life. With CBT, I help people to break the vicious cycle between unhelpful thinking and behaviour.
Cognitive behavioural therapy combines behavioural psychology and cognitive psychology and works on the premise that our behaviours and feelings are affected by our thoughts. Generally, this approach will focus on fostering a deep understanding of the thought patterns and behaviours which have caused issues to arise in a person’s mental health.
Common issues which can be improved through cognitive behavioural therapy include: