CBT is an effective therapeutic approach for supporting individuals with mental health issues worldwide.
In honour of the BABCP 50th Anniversary, I delved into the existing literature and proposed a conceptualisation of CBT that captures its core principles, with the aim of helping clinicians and clients better understand and apply this valuable therapy.
To put it in simpler terms, I’ve developed a way to integrate different CBT
methods together to make personalised treatment plans for individuals.
CBT is like an umbrella term that covers a wide range of techniques, such as cognitive restructuring, exposure therapy, and behavioural activation and approaches.
Awareness is the front door to change, and by being aware of your
reactions, you can begin to change both your thoughts and behaviours. In
our sessions, I will help you to:
Yes, CBT can be a long-term therapy that offers support and exploration.
While CBT is often considered a brief therapy, typically consisting of 12-20 weekly sessions, some individuals may benefit from longer-term CBT.
Long-term CBT may involve ongoing support and exploration of deeper issues that contribute to ongoing mental health problems. The length of therapy is usually determined by the individual’s needs and progress, and it is often decided collaboratively between the therapist and the client.
“This is helping me to get my head in order, if my head is not in order then I don’t know what I am doing. This is leading me to organise my thoughts, it makes me feel looked after and you are helping me to understand, it is an intellectual discussion in which I discover more about myself and my thoughts. It seems that I am teaching you about me, and you taking a genuine interest in me. I liked it when you asked “can you help me to understand this?” and you waited for me to think through it, instead of jumping to conclusions, unlike what happens when I talk to other people….”
“You are very kind and calm and I felt comfortable with you.”
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