Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (or CBT as its commonly known) is a form of psychotherapy which combines cognitive therapy and behaviour therapies, emphasising the importance of ‘how we think effects how we feel and what we do’.
In simple terms, cognitive behavioural therapy addresses negative patterns and distortions in the way we look at the world and ourselves. As the name suggests, this involves two main components:
Cognitive therapy - examines how negative thoughts or cognitions contribute to a negative emotion.
Behavioural therapy - examines how you react to and behave in situations that trigger a negative emotion.
The basic premise of cognitive behavioural therapy is that it’s our thoughts or irrational beliefs – not external events – that affect the way we feel. In other words, it’s not the situation that determines how you feel, but your perception of the situation.
Your thoughts can block you seeing things that don’t fit in with what you believe which can cause you problems if you continue to hold on to them. CBT can help you to identify and challenge any unhealthy beliefs whilst at the same time helping you to identify and reinforce a series of more helpful and rational beliefs – consequently changing the way you feel.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is not about “positive thinking” it is about thinking realistically and logically in situations that are experienced as highly distressing.
Whether it is counselling or cognitive behavioural therapy; in most cases, it takes a number of sessions before the counselling starts to make a difference, and a regular commitment is required to make the best use of the therapy.
Common problems CBT can help with:
Anxiety. Depression. Anger. Low self-confidence/self-esteem. Panic Attacks. Phobias. Stress Management, Exam or test stress. Talking in Public. Social Phobia. Jealousy. Insomnia. Sexual and relationship problems.
How effective is CBT?
Cognitive behavioural therapy is one of the most widely-used therapies and can be effective in the treatment of many emotional disorders.
Clinical trials have shown that CBT can reduce the symptoms of many emotional disorders. For some people it can work just as well as drug therapies at treating depression and anxiety disorders. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends CBT for a number of common mental health disorders.
CBT is known as a more short-term therapy. Therefore it may be less suitable if you feel generally unhappy or unfulfilled but don’t have troubling symptoms or a particular aspect of your life you want to work on. Or perhaps your problems are less clearly defined or maybe long-term or severely disabling. In which a different type of therapy such as counselling may be suitable because this tends to go on longer and will do justice to the number of problems and to the length of time they’ve been around.
Why use Counselling Ashford?
Hundreds of lives have been changed for the better
Proven in building a trusting relationship enabling individuals to find a greater understanding of them self and find a way forward and achieve their goals.
Help, support and guidance - reducing confusion and enabling clarity and choice
Tools for you to continue to use at home once the counselling is completed
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We will help you understand what is going on in your life that is causing you unhappiness
Feel relaxed in quiet, comfortable environment
Convenient & flexible appointments to suit you.
Ideally located in the heart of Kent in three practices, near Ashford, Canterbury, Maidstone and Medway
Just a note to say how grateful I am for your help and advice. I was so muddled and confused before I had my sessions with you. I can see things more clearly now and have much more confidence after your help and advice. I know I have a bit further to go but with you support I am quite sure I will get there.
P. Bennett - Rye
A friend advised me to come and see you about my anxiety attacks. I must admit to being a little sceptical at first, but you were so patient Sian and you seemed to have a knack in making me see my strengths. I cannot tell you how much it has helped me in my work and social life. I no longer want to hide away when there is an important social event. I can at last look forward to things instead of dreading meeting new people. Thanks you from the bottom of my heart.
As a man in his sixties and having seen various counsellors in the past I didn’t think anyone could help me. As you know I had suffered various bouts of depression throughout the years and had begun to think the problems were ‘built in’ and such a part of me there was no escape. It has been quite a journey but I wanted to thank you for your continuing support , help and advice. At last I can feel more positive and I am in a much happier place – thank you Sian
Thank you so much for all your help and support I feel better than I have for years!
About Counselling Ashford
Through gentle questioning and discussion you gain clarity and understanding of your situation. We will help you find ways to move forward and achieve the goals that you set yourself. We have practices in Ashford, Charing & Egerton