Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is based on the idea that how we think (cognition), how we feel (emotion) and how we act (behaviour) all interact together. The idea behind CBT is that by changing the way we think or behave in a situation, we can change the way we feel about life. Rather than focusing on the causes of distress or symptoms CBT focuses on the “here and now” and looks for ways to improve your state of mind in the present.
During sessions you’ll work with your therapist to break down your problems into smaller parts – such as your thoughts, physical sensations, feelings and behaviour. Together you will examine these areas to work out if they’re unrealistic or unhelpful and make sense of how they affect each other and you. Your therapist will then help you to work out how to change unhelpful thoughts and behaviours and encourage and support you to practise these changes in your daily life.