Kildare Offaly Counselling

Counselling · Psychotherapy · CBT · Mindfulness · Art Therapy · Compassion


Carbury, Co. Kildare · Tels: 0873977828 / 0862272917

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

"It is not external events themselves that cause us distress, but the way in which we think about them,

our interpretation of their significance. It is our attitudes and our reactions that give us trouble. We cannot choose our external circumstances, but we can always choose how we respond to them"

Epictetus

 

What is CBT?

CBT is a type of therapy that was developed by Aaron T. Beck in the 1960s. CBT has become very popular, as much research has been done to prove its effectiveness for many mental and emotional health issues. Because of this, GPs often recommend it as an alternative (or to be used in conduction with) medication. The Beck Institute (co-founded by the developer of CBT, Aaron T. Beck) describes it as a short-term, solution-focused therapy. In the sessions, you work collaboratively with your therapist to work out exactly what the problems are and resolve them. The goal is to change your thinking, behaviour and emotional responses. CBT is backed up by thousands of clinical trials that have proved its effectiveness for depression, anxiety, eating disorders, personality disorders and other mental health problems. You can learn more at www.beckinstitute.com, a useful website with detailed information on CBT.

 

What would I need to do in the sessions?

In the sessions, both your therapist and you will initially try to pinpoint what exactly the problems are that you are experiencing now. You will do a series of exercises together with the view to becoming more aware of the root of the problems in your thinking and behaviour (as opposed to in your past), and will be given skills and specific exercises to change your thinking and behaviour (hence the 'Cognitive Behavioural' in the name). Together, the therapist and you will be deciding on achievable tasks that you can do in between sessions, so that you feel you are progressing week by week. Sometimes the home exercises will involve thinking and writing, and other times they will involve some sort of action. So, when we say action, for example, for someone who has developed a phobia of leaving their house, their home exercises might just be to open the front door and stand at the door for five minutes each day for a full week, and the following week they might stand outside for five minutes, and building on this until the person is able to, eventually, lead a relatively normal life outside their home. If this sounds scary, just remember that your therapist will not be deciding what your homework will be, you will be deciding for yourself what is achievable for you at that point in time, and setting your homework week to week based on this. Your therapist will be helping you and encouraging you to set goals that are achievable and that will produce change. We start small and then build on that, step by step.