Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) uses tried and tested methods to reduce anxiety, stress and negative thinking. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is one of the many modalities used by Anam Cara Therapy to support clients as they work to resolve the issues that brought them to counselling. Clients with self-esteem issues and anxiety particularly benefit from this psychotherapeutic approach which seeks to develop coping skills so that life can be lived more joyfully. Through CBT experiments, clients may conclude that they may have held irrational or faulty beliefs and seek to change their beliefs to fit the reality of the present moment. CBT and Mindfulness can complement each other in working through anxiety and both modalities are used quite often to nourish and support clients on their healing journey.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy both in office and online
Through recording thoughts in a thought log, clients can track their thought processes and come to realise negative thought patterns. With this awareness, clients will feel better in correcting negative thinking. With Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in office sessions, clients can work through processing difficulties to arrive at positive and improved outcomes.
Anam Cara Therapy often employs CBT techniques in treating symptoms of anxiety and depression. In conjunction with Brief Solution Focused Therapy, clients challenge their existing beliefs and thought processes through self-analysis and behavioural “experiments”. Positive outcomes result from CBT such as anxiety and stress reduction and improved sense of self-esteem and clarity of thinking. CBT is particularly effective with treating clients presenting with anxiety, depression and self-esteem issues.
By raising awareness of automatic thoughts, clients can more easily replace faulty beliefs with their rational counterparts. The client benefits from becoming more fearless and living life more fully.
CBT techniques include watching thoughts, becoming aware of the triggering event, noticing racing thoughts and physiological symptoms such as fast heartbeat, sweating, shaking and sudden illness, and response actions such as calling to mind an alternate response, rather than reacting. Addressing fears past and future, using psychoeducation to address worry and to notice patterns and change them from automatic, negative thoughts to new, more rational thoughts based on observable facts.
Changing old habits through CBT
Systematic desensitization and exposure therapy, in addition to CBT techniques, help clients move from fearful to fearless. With CBT, clients notice any tendency to magnify or minimize or catastrophize. Clients may also become aware that they tend to personalize, overgeneralize, or disqualify the positive. Awareness is half the battle. the other half is action. Using CBT, clients choose alternate and more rational thoughts to replace existing cognitive structures.
Motivated clients push through the old negative thinking and develop a more rational, positive outlook with Cognitve Behavioral Therapy.
Consider booking your CBT appointment with Em at Anam Cara Therapy. ACT today.