Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - CBT
Nicholas, Tom, Marco, Adriana and Marybeth integrate Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) theory into the counselling and psychotherapy they offer, its application being assessed on an individual basis. If you are interested in CBT they will explore with you its suitability and agree a way forward.
Why CBT or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?
CBT or cognitive behavioural therapy has at its core an assumption that thoughts generate emotions. With roots its a number of ancient philosophical ideas, particularly stoicism, the therapist and client will work to identify thought patterns that are unhelpful and seek to alter or replace these with thinking that leads to less painful emotions. Due to its very methodical nature it has been possible for researchers to undertake a great deal of research and CBT has been able to show a quantitative success for a range of concerns and is favoured for this reason by the NHS.
What to expect from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy sessions?
Initially you will work with your therapist to develop an understanding of your emotive experience, in other words, building a description of what happens, when and where. Taking a phobia as an example, "Everytime I see a spider at home in the bathroom I feel sick, dizzy and frightened." The next stage is to identify the thoughts that are linked to the emotive experiences. For example, "I think to myself it will bite me." You will then be encouraged to challenge this thought for example "What is your evidence that you will be bitten? Do you know what spiders bite humans?, Do you know how often humans are bitten by spiders? What is wrong with being bitten by a spider?" Through a questioning dialogue the thought can be challenged so that work can start on a more helpful thought.
Developing a more helpful thought might include some homework for example to go an find information about spiders typically found in the bathroom and learn about whether they bite and what the implications might be. And your therapist might suggest an exposure technique for your session such as looking together at pictures of spiders. The assumption is that information and positive experience can effectively challenge the negative thinking. For example with the phobia of spiders the original thought might be replaced by something like "Every time I see a spider at home I feel nervous but I think to myself, I know that those particular spiders are harmless and then I feel calmer."
How many sessions will I need?
By its nature CBT tends to be short term however the number of sessions will depend upon the complexity of your concerns. Again we will work with you to identify a suitable therapeutic plan.
Further Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Information
If you require further information regarding CBT either Contact Nicholas Rose & Associates or please telephone 020 8996 9551.
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