CBT Counselling

By glasgow-counselling-rooms • May 4th, 2015

CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) is a more recent development in talking therapy focusing on the importance of the here and now. It is based on research showing that what people think can affect how they feel and how they behave. Sometimes our thoughts can be extreme and unhelpful. These thoughts can be about ourselves or others, leading to behaviour that can maintain or prolong our distress in the long run. CBT helps people identify and change this extreme thinking and unhelpful behaviour such as avoidance of situations and tasks or soothing for short term release of distress.

CBT is one of the major orientations of Psychotherapy based on extensive research into the role our thoughts play in the development of emotional discomfort, which can lead to emotional disorders such as anxiety or depression. The clinical application of CBT involves practical tools that improve attention, reasoning and decision making. These treatments are inherently empowering in nature, giving individuals the skills to put in place the tools to improve their mood and behaviours to help them feel better and think better in the long run. If necessary CBT can be used in conjunction with medication, depending on the severity or nature of the clients problems.

CBT is a comparatively short term treatment focusing on the goals of the individual with recognisable steps towards reaching those goals. It is an equal partnership. The trusting relationship between the individual and the counsellor is important. There would be regular feedback form both client and counsellor to ensure progress is being made. CBT would include education on the kinds of automatic thoughts that come to mind and give meaning to things. Also we could give perspective to emotions that can help us understand what is important to us, but at times also get in the way of us being able to express ourselves in the way we would like.

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