What is CBT?

CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), also known as talk therapy, is based on the understanding that your thoughts, feelings, emotions and sensations are all interconnected. The vast majority of our thought patterns are in some way inherited. We acquire them from our upbringing, society, socio-economic environment, school, friends and various experiences. They are often automatic and unquestioned or unchallenged and so we respond unthinkingly to them. Because of this habituated relationship to thinking, we don’t merely have thoughts, we become them.

CBT helps you begin to recognize repetitive thought patterns and false beliefs you may have previously been unaware of, and becoming aware of them allows you to address them head-on. Once painful beliefs or thought patterns are revealed, we can begin to transform our relationship to them. The types of thoughts we have and our relationship to them determines how we feel about ourselves, our circumstances and other people. This is quite a huge thing, wouldn’t you say? Yet, something so important and impactful is largely ignored by the majority of us. In fact, we spend much of our time ignoring, avoiding or resisting looking closely at our uncomfortable thoughts. Instead, we often try and cover them up by diverting our attention to the next fix, the next high, the next distraction in whatever form that may take. This can take many forms from the obvious (drugs, alcohol, food, sex) to the seemingly innocent and positive (addiction to work, the gym, relationships). And so our unexamined thoughts and beliefs continue to rule our lives for the most part. CBT empowers you with the tools to become free of them.

CBT is useful for a wide range of issues from stress and anxiety to eating disorders or depression. Sessions are usually held once a week (more often in acute cases and less in milder situations) with anywhere between 3 and 25 sessions. More in-depth descriptions are widely available on the Internet and you can read my personal approach here.

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