Cognitive Behavioural Therapy works by allowing you to address and change these unhelpful thoughts and behaviour patterns that are detrimental to your ability to function properly.
CBT is a problem orientated approach and focuses on finding out what the problem is and how it manifests in your emotions and behaviours. It teaches you the mechanisms required to change your thinking and gives you practical strategies to cope with the difficult challenges you encounter in life.
If appropriate your treatment might include Mindfulness and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) which also can help with recurrent depression and other issues.
Many people thinking about therapy may believe their problem is not serious enough. Clients often say “its silly but, this is upsetting me, but it's not abuse or violence, it's only…” Others want to make changes but aren’t sure how to start.
If anything stops you feeling OK about your life, the scale of the problem is not for debate. Any problem, big or small, deserves attention. In CBT the scale may be only how much time it takes for you to change your thinking, feelings and behaviour.
A therapeutic relationship is different to talking with friends or your partner. It provides a neutral person to talk to, and a safe place to explore your feelings and create a picture of how things could be in the future.
Some people come to therapy for a short time, for 6 to 12 sessions, while others come from 6 months to a year. For some, a year or longer suits them.
Everyone is different and the time you need is a judgement you’ll make collaboratively with Joy Scholes.