What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, also known as known as Cognitive Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy or Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy, is a psychological approach based on scientific principles, which research has shown to be effective for a wide range of problems.
We work with the client together to identify and understand problems in terms of the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviour. This approach usually focuses on difficulties in the here and now (although recognises the importance of the individual's past), and relies on the therapist and client developing a shared view of the individual's problem. This then leads to the identification of a personalised therapy plan, within a time-limited period working towards the client's own therapy goals.
CBT interventions are continually monitored, evaluated and modified where required to gain the maximum effect. The approaches can be used to help anyone irrespective of ability, culture, race, gender or sexual preference.
What happens in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?
In a typical Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy session the therapist and the client work together to:
Based on the understanding of each client's individual problems the therapist and the client will then work together to identify goals for the end of therapy and agree a shared psychotherapy plan. The focus of therapy is to enable the client to generate solutions to their problems that are more helpful than their present ways of coping. This will involve the client using the time between therapy sessions to try things out, record information and bring this feedback to the next session.