What is CBT?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a type of therapy that can help you to manage your problems by changing your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. CBT has now become a standard way of helping people with a range of mental, emotional and physical problems.
Can CBT help me?
Almost 1,000 studies have proven that CBT is effective for treating a range of problems including-
- relationship difficulties
- eating disorders
- personality disorders
- substance abuse
… and many others
CBT can also help those who have physical ailments such as
- irritable bowel syndrome
- chronic fatigue syndrome
How does CBT work?
The underlying idea behind CBT is that your behaviour is influenced by your thoughts. Your thoughts can influence your behaviour either directly, or indirectly by influencing your feelings. As such, by changing your thoughts and feelings, you can end up changing your behaviour.
CBT emphasises breaking down large problems into smaller, more manageable chunks. This means that when you go for CBT, your therapist will first of all help you to divide your problem into thoughts, emotions and behaviour. He then divides each of those three into smaller sub-problems that you can tackle more easily. The end result is that the treatment is simple, smooth and effective.
The ultimate goal of CBT isn’t to eliminate your problems altogether. Rather, it aims to help you to deal with them in a more positive way. The way CBT works is by enabling you to understand the connection between your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and behaviour.