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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

What is CBT?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) helps you to change the way you think and the way you behave - for the better. This powerful, proactive therapy focuses on what′s happening right now, rather than emphasising what has happened in the past.

CBT is used to treat a variety of emotional and psychological issues including:

How does CBT work?

The cognitive aspect of CBT examines the way you think. Your therapist will encourage you to explore your perceptions, beliefs or expectations. You will begin to understand how negative thoughts may be affecting the way you feel and the way you behave. During your sessions, your therapist will help you to find ways to notice your thoughts, providing you with the opportunity to change your mindset for the better.

The behavioural aspect of CBT gives you practical tools that will help you change specific behaviours. You will be encouraged to start using these tools during your sessions and at home. This, in turn, will impact upon the way that you think and feel.

By bringing these together, CBT is considered to be one of the most effective treatments for problems such as Anxiety and Depression. It doesn′t aim to completely remove these problems, but will help you to understand and handle them in a positive, more satisfying way.

What does CBT involve?

CBT usually involves weekly or fortnightly sessions. First, your CBT therapist will work with you to identify the problems that are causing you distress and to specify your goals for therapy. Many problems can seem completely overwhelming. During each session, your therapist will help you to break these problems down into smaller parts. You will work together to discover alternative ways of thinking about and managing your problems, both now and in the future.  This may mean changing some of your usual behavior patterns, as you respond differently.

How do I get CBT?

Contact Connect to find out if CBT is the best therapy for your situation. Connect will help you find an available, conveniently located Cognitive Behavioural psychotherapist across Bath, Bristol and the South West.

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