What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?
CBT is a relational therapy, which aims to help you to recognise connections between your negative thoughts and feelings.
CBT can help you to recognise and challenge your false beliefs and negative automatic thoughts, which in turn will help you create a more realistic belief system.
CBT is recognised by many health professionals as an extremely effective way to help people who may be experiencing various issues such as: depression, anxiety, bereavement, sexuality issues, abuse, and relationship difficulties to name but a few.
The following scenario can help you to see how CBT might help you:
Linda’s friend has just walked past her in the street without saying hello. Linda has the automatic thought that ‘no-one likes me’, which leads her to feel sad and low. She then decides to stay indoors and avoid any contact with others in her life (avoiding further rejection) which leads her to feeling even worse. She is then stuck in a cycle of negative thinking directed towards herself (shown in the diagram to the left).
In this example, CBT could help Linda to view the situation where her friend ignored her from more realistic perspective. For example, her friend might have been busy and might not have seen her, or the friend might have been having an ‘off day’ of her own.
Creating new ‘thoughts’ in turn creates new emotions, behaviours and your body sensations. Overall, CBT aims to try and correct your ‘negative thinking habits’ to show you a more realistic way of viewing situations, thus preventing the negative cycle of thoughts that might lead to you feeling worse. Following Cognitive Behavioural Therapy you should be able to recognise your own negative automatic thoughts and try to access alternative thoughts on your own.
What to Expect
- CBT is an individualised relational therapy. You and your therapist will always work together to try and find the best techniques that suit you.
- CBT is a relatively structured therapy. Your therapist will be asking lots of questions to try and understand your own personal story. Such questions will lead you to think about how your past experiences might have affected you in the present.
- CBT is an ‘active therapy’ which requires you to use the techniques you learn in the therapy session in your own daily life, allows you to keep the techniques fresh in your mind between sessions, and importantly, allowing you to practice the things you are learning in therapy.
Where is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Available?
Counselling and Psychotherapy is available at all our offices – Glasgow City Centre, Glasgow West End, Glasgow Shawlands and Newton Mearns. We also offer sessions via telephone and video call (Skype). We can usually offer you an appointment within 48 hours, and always within a week.
Is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Confidential?
Our Counsellors and Psychotherapists are all members of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) or the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) and adhere to the relevant code of ethics. We have a choice of Counsellors and Psychotherapists who are BACP accredited. Your confidentiality is taken very seriously and will only be broken in extreme circumstances. For more information see our client agreement.Fees for Counselling & Psychotherapy Make an Appointment or Enquire