When we process information and experiences we make interpretations and decide on how we feel about things, the way this information is processed can then influence our future thoughts and behaviours.
Sometimes when we have difficult experiences it means that we can behave in ways that we would rather not do, some things may seem frightening, scary and out of control so we react by wanting to run away, getting angry, depressed or anxious for instance.
CBT is used to help identify the thoughts that have become unhelpful to enable you to make changes. This is done by exploring the way you think about things with a therapist and challenging those beliefs, we then can work on establishing more helpful thoughts and behaviour patterns.
The CBT counselling process will involve exploring the issue, looking at the impact it has and looking at a way to change things, it often involves completing some tasks and homework in-between sessions. CBT is usually considered more of a short term therapy, often between 6-12 sessions to help you manage issues, it is often helpful for those affected by depression, anxiety, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Written By Julia Summers