CBT or Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is primarily a Talking Therapy. CBT is based on the way an individual thinks and feels and how this affects their behaviour. The point of CBT is to problem solve and the main objective is to help change the way a client thinks and behaves when faced with difficult situations.
During the CBT session you will address the painful and upsetting thoughts you have in relation to current issues and to determine whether or not these thoughts are realistic. If, during your conversations with me, it is deemed that your thoughts are unrealistic, you will learn skills that help you change your thinking patterns, so they are more accurate in respect of any given situation. Once your perspective is more realistic, I can help you determine the right course of action. It will be necessary for you to continue with some type of "home work" between sessions.
CBT is a present moment oriented Pyschotherapy and it is therefore important for me to understand what is going on in the mind of my client at the current time. As we live our lives, we form beliefs and understandings based on what is happening around us. It is our interpretation, in effect creating the beliefs that can cause distress and upset, ultimately leading us to behave in an irrational manner. By changing the way a person thinks or by helping them to see things from another perspective, can help to change their responses to circumstances.
Clients are encouraged to actively become involved in their own treatment plan, so that they understand the way forward to improve their lives is to adjust their thinking and their approach to everyday situations.