CBT is generally considered to be one of the most effective talking treatments available. This is related to the fact that it has shown very favourable results through extensive research over many years on its effectiveness.
CBT aims to help you feel better by identifying unhelpful patterns of thought and behaviour and then teaching more helpful ways to engage with life’s difficulties in order to develop more useful patterns of thinking and behaving.
The focus of CBT is in the here and now with consideration of how you deal with current situations however it is also informed in part by an understanding of how past events may have shaped your understanding of yourself and others.
Therapy is a reciprocal partnership where your Therapist will gently help you explore your usual ways of relating to yourself and others. Your Therapist will take quite an active role in guiding you to identify the impact your thoughts and feelings may have on your behavior and in turn how this feels for you. They will however work at your pace to help ensure you can make effective changes in your life.
CBT Therapists will often ask you to use ‘homework’ exercises between sessions. This helps maximize the benefits of therapy by helping to guide you putting the therapy theory into practice to encourage lasting benefit. CBT has been demonstrated to be an effective treatment for many mental health and emotional problems.