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What is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy can help you modify your behaviour

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that looks at :

  • How you think about yourself, the world and other people
  • How what you do affects your feelings and thoughts
  • How the way you think and feel affects the way you act

Thoughts feelings and behaviours are all linked, so if I think upsetting thoughts, then I will feel upset and then I am likely to do something that will increase the thoughts and strengthen the feelings. A vicious cycle.

We can break this vicious cycle by changing the way we think and act.

By making links between what we do, think and feel, CBT can help us make changes in the way we think (“Cognitive”) and the way we act (“Behaviour)”. Making changes in what we think will affect what you do and feel, and changing what we do, affects the way we think and feel. Making these changes then can help us feel better.

Whilst it is is helpful to discuss the past and understand how our pasts have influenced our lives and how the problems have come about, CBT mostly focuses on looking for ways to improve your mental wellbeing now and making positive steps for the future.

CBT says that it’s not the event which causes our emotions, but how we interpret that event – what we think or what meaning we give that event or situation.

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