Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy helps you see how your thoughts and behaviour are related to the way you feel. For example, if you are feeling depressed you tend to have negative thoughts (“I am a failure in all things and no one likes me”).
As a result of this you stop going out and meeting people or avoid doing things you normally find pleasurable. This can make you feel even more bad about yourself, leading to more negative thoughts. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can help you to participate in the activities you once enjoyed. It can also help you notice the way you think about yourself and how this effects your behaviour. By examining the way you are thinking, will help you to put you in the position to consider your assumptions and beliefs and look at whether there are alternative ways of viewing things.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can also help to change your behaviour. For example, if your anxious about traveling by train, bus or car, you might avoid traveling altogether. Although this prevents the anxiety of traveling, it can lead to more avoidance, and perhaps finding it difficult to go out altogether. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy will help you face up to your fear, and give you tips on how to cope better thus increasing your confidence about traveling.
Cognitive therapy is particularly good for people
- who tell themselves that they shouldn’t feel certain emotions,
- decide that everything that goes wrong is their fault,
- use mind reading to decide other people think badly of them,
- notice only the things that go wrong in life and ignore the things that go right,
- and take all the blame for mistakes and give credit for all the successes to other people.
To find out more about Cognitive Behavioural Therapy phone or email me. Leaflets and details on request.