Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Skills

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Skills

I am not a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. I have gained a CBT Skills certificate and practical experience in my client work. If you require this specialist type of therapy then please contact a fully qualified CBT counsellor.

Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT) is a form of talking therapy that can help you manage your current problems by changing the way you think and behave to feel and act more positively. It can help you deal with overwhelming problems by breaking them down into smaller parts to enable you to explore and manage each one.

CBT can help with many issues and this list is not exhaustive:

  • Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Substance use issues,
  • Relationship Issues, Bipolar disorder,
  • Borderline Personality Disorder, Panic Attacks,
  • Obsessive Compulsive disorder (OCD), Sleep problems,
  • Chronic pain, long term health problems

CBT is a short term therapy and can be offered in person, online and in groups in usually 5 to 20 sessions. It is highly structured and by exploring each problem in parts helps to identify any helpful or unhelpful thoughts. Once any unhelpful or unrealistic thoughts and behaviours are identified then together the client and the counsellor would find strategies to modify them by doing homework, by practising these changes on a daily basis. By applying these practical ways with the aim to learn new coping skills can improve your state of mind and can be continued on a daily basis once the therapy has ended.

The focus on learning by helping you understand how your own thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and behaviours are interlinked. How negative thinking affects how you feel and act that you can become trapped in a vicious cycle of negativity. By gaining awareness of this negative thinking pattern then can you learn new ways of thinking and replace the negative beliefs and behaviours to become more positive ones.

By integrating my CBT skills in the therapeutic relationship I can help you challenge this negative way of thinking by using some of the techniques I have learned and used in my practice. CBT deals with current problems and does not focus on any past issues like we would do in the person centred counselling to create positive change.