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What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy(CBT) is one of the well-known non-medical treatments; it is a form of psychotherapy and does not exist as a distinct therapeutic technique but forms part of a therapeutic process aimed at changing maladaptive thinking to lead to change in affect and behaviour. CBT techniques can help individuals challenge their patterns and beliefs and replace their negative thinking patterns, such as over generalising, magnifying negatives, minimising positives and exaggeration of danger. CBT is based on the idea that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviours and the benefit of this is that we can change the way we think and feel, in order to take better actions, even if the situation does not change. 

At Affronte Therapy, we can help you to bring about a more positive mindset with more realistic and effective thoughts, thus decreasing emotional distress and self-defeating behaviour.  Often when something is overwhelming a person life, they tend to focus on the negative associations with it; this in itself is like a self fulfilling prophecy. For instance if you say to yourself, “I’m no good at doing presentations” you run through all the past failures or fears, and you invent the outcomes for future failures or fears. The physical and emotional experiences run through your mind, CBT helps to challenge this internal jibber jabber which is the key to your success. CBT helps you by altering your thought process, instead of internalising everything that could go wrong, relating it to your past experience to build this overwhelming experience, you can start to focus on  giving yourself a chance to succeed.

What can CBT be used for?

altThe National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends CBT in the treatment plans for a number of mental health difficulties, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder (OCD), bulimia nervosa, and clinical depression. The basis is that by altering the way you think (cognitive) in turn, it can change what you do (behaviour). The list below is not exhaustive, CBT is very versatile and can be used alongside other applications, so if it’s not on the list do call and talk to us 0800 1777 267

  • Depression: Personal loss of something or someone, emotional trauma.
  • Anxiety: Threat or danger to you a fear of public speaking, panic attacks or phobias.
  • Anger: Someone broke your personal rules (unfairness) or frustration from perfectionism.
  • Mood Swings: can experience dramatic ups and downs and find it difficult to enjoy a good quality of life. Often related to other issues affecting their life, such as lack of sleep, worries and relationships both private and work.
  • Guilt: You broke your own rules, and it does not sit easy with you.
  • Jealousy: your ego gets the better of you when you fear something or someone might be taken away from you.
  • Worry: thoughts, images and emotions of a negative nature in which mental attempts are made to avoid anticipated potential threat
  • Anger: an emotional state that may range in intensity from mild irritation to intense fury and rage
  • Panic or Panic disorder: an intense experience of fear coupled with an overwhelming feeling of danger, with physical symptoms that can appear life threatening. .
  • Phobias: a persistent, irrational, intense fear of a specific object, activity, or situation causing the fight flight response.
  • Eating disorders: Disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating.
  • Sleep disruptions: persistent disruption to sleep cycle that  causes the patient significant emotional distress, and interfere with his or her social or occupational functioning.
  • Obsessive Compulsive disorder: persistent, intrusive, and senseless thoughts or compulsions to perform repetitive behaviours that can interfere with normal functioning.
  • Post traumatic Stress Disorder: occurs among survivors of severe environmental stress such as car, train, aeroplane crash,  military combat, police or fire service ect.
  • Trauma desensitisation: experienced from serious bodily injury, shock, or from violence that can be severely leading to lasting psychological or emotional impairment.
  • Psychosis: symptom of mental illness typically characterised by radical changes in personality, impaired functioning, and a distorted or non-existent sense of objective reality.
  • Bipolar: where both manic or hypo manic episodes and depressive episodes occur.
  • Self esteem and confidence building.
  • Physical health issues, such as fatigue or pain relief.

What to expect from your therapy

Step 1: Person History Questionnaire

When you book your appointment you will be give a Personal History Questionnaire, it is an in depth inventory of your history and aims to elicit some of the underlying issues that could be causing you to feel the way you do. It also forms a contract to show your commitment to helping yourself and our commitment to you to do our best to help you overcome what is overwhelming you. There is no hard and fast rule to eliciting emotional or personal underlying issues; it’s a careful process that we take step by step at a speed acceptable to you. As a unique individual so are your needs, by completing the Personal History Questionnaire it gives us a good sound basis to establish which techniques will be best suited to you.  At step 1 the therapist and yourself will agree the problems you want to focus on and establish what your goals are, this builds the platform for the content of this session and following sessions.

Step 2: Cognitive Applications possessing

This is what we call the emotional clearing part of the therapy where we establish what are the drivers or triggers of your thoughts, what is the initial sensitising event or events. We aim to help you process these thoughts so they can be filed away to a better location in your mind, such things can never be totally forgotten because they are part of who you are. By allowing old thoughts and feelings to be represented today and we allow them affect us today. This part of the therapy is often very cathartic, the therapist is very experienced in many area of Emotional Resolution and will use techniques such as Time line Therapy, Cognitive Model of Emotional Response, Guided affected Imagery and many other techniques to guide you, and insure you feel totally safe and secure, guiding you at the pace you are comfortable with.

Step 3: Skills Acquisition

This step is where we discover how changing thoughts and changing behaviour work hand in hand. The therapist will go though many strategies to help you step out of your automatic negative self talk and create a more useful approach. Sometimes things happen beyond your control, but it does not mean you have to emotionally highjack yourself and automatically think that it’s all your fault and go back into your negative thinking zone. You will go through several processes aimed at making you think about how you represent thoughts, and how you can change the way you act upon them, all actions start between your ears so that were we start to make small changes. In addition to this you will be given tools to take away that will allow you to take a few moments to Stop, Think,  and Evaluate the situation before taking Action. It is a challenge to tackle often long term and enduring issues, but it’s not impossible either when you are in the right mindset. Learning the principles of CBT and other strategies can allow you to dramatically improve the quality of your life and increase the chances of making future progress.

Step 4: Skills Testing

When we talk about skills testing it’s not about taking exams or marking your paperwork, it’s about using strategies to future pace you so you can fully associate with how different an experience can feel when you take a different approach. You will already have some goals in your mind of how you would like your life to be, so by using your imagination you can heighten all your senses so you can see, feel, and hear what it is like to attain a goal. The therapist will have suggested many coping skills so now is the time to try them and adjust them to your needs. CBT is very much a collaborative approach; the therapist will seek your views and reaction to ascertain the progress of the therapy. Be assured s(he) will not judge you, so allow yourself to be open up and talk about personal matters that can be the route of your problem, or how comfortable you are with the therapy.

Step 5: Desensitising and after-care

This part of the therapy is where you will be brought back to a neutral state of mind after your session. You will be given information to take away and a work book to complete in bite sized chunks that you can do. CBT is a problem solving approach, therefore there is a need for feedback and homework, we foster a 50/50 approach. At Affronte we can offer you additional learning between visits if you wish, but take on only as much as you feel comfortable with.  CBT is not a magic-wand therapy, it takes hard work and commitment, but you will be rewarded as you see the changes occurring as the fog lifts.

At the end of each session, the therapist will discuss with you your feelings about your experience with the session and schedule a further session or follow phone call. After therapy ceases, Affronte Therapy will continue to support you on-line by e-mail for as long as you require it, at no extra cost. We are committed to your health and well-being

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