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How does CBT work?

CBT works on the principle that our thoughts (cognitions), our emotions and our behaviours are all connected.  If we can understand these connections we are able to identify patterns of unhelpful thinking styles and behaviours in areas of our life which are not working for us.  Changing one of these individual parts can affect the other two. Once we understand these patterns we become empowered to alter them and to create change in our lives.  

Through CBT you will become more aware of your thinking styles and how they impact your emotional state.  You will be able to identify whether your behaviours are moving you towards the life you want, or are leaving you stuck.  You will learn to challenge automatic assumptions to help you create change, and to better cope with distressing situations.  This ultimately builds confidence and a sense of self-reliance.

Mental health is like physical health in many ways.  It requires learning skills, and practising those skills in order to keep us mentally fit.  CBT teaches you those skills and give you the confidence to practice them.

You can find out more about CBT in this video

How many sessions will I need?

The number of sessions depends on the difficulties you are having, and your goals for therapy.  The NICE guidelines suggest that CBT may last for anything between 6-20 sessions.  If you would like to discuss your situation to see if a talking therapy would help, please don’t hesitate to contact us.