If you’ve been caught up in negative thought patterns and are unable to tackle them with other methods, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) may help to you deal with your physical or psychological issues.
CBT is a talking therapy that assesses your feelings, thoughts and behaviours and how they lead to one another. For example:
If you’ve been trapped in a negative thought pattern/spiral, cognitive behavioural therapists will evaluate each thought in the chain and identify how it triggers another negative feeling, thought or behaviour.
CBT can be used to treat a number of physical and emotional problems including:
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
As CBT deals with current issues rather than past ones, sessions can provide you with practical methods to apply in your daily life. Although it may not find the root of your negative thoughts, it may help you to reframe and replace them with positive alternatives.
CBT sessions typically last between 30 and 60 minutes, and are scheduled weekly or fortnightly. As you’ll be speaking to your therapist about your destructive thought patterns, you need to be prepared to face difficult emotions that you may have otherwise suppressed.
Speak to your GP, who can refer you to an NHS therapist, or see a private practitioner, who may charge between £40 and £100.
For more information visit The British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies
Find details of CBT therapists accredited by BABCP at http://www.cbtregisteruk.com/Default.aspx