Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
What you Think | What you Feel | What you Do
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) helps you to learn about your thoughts, feelings and behaviour, and the relationships between them. Thoughts, feelings and behaviour are all linked and inter-dependent.
CBT / Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is a type of psychotherapy that looks at:
- How you think about yourself, the world and other people
- How what you do affects your feelings and thoughts
Once you know more about how you think, feel and behave, you can start to make some changes. You often find that changing one part, will lead to a change in another. For instance, changing how you think can change how you feel. Changing how you behave can change how you think, and so on.
CBT says that it’s not the event which causes our emotions, but how we interpret that event – what we think or what meaning we give that event or situation.
The Core Principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
CBT can help you to understand how your problem began and why you are finding it difficult to cope with, or overcome the problem. Then you can learn how to make changes to improve how you feel, this can then help you to see a way forward, to find a solution to a problem.
CBT is based on several core principles, including:
- Psychological problems are based, in part, on faulty or unhelpful ways of thinking.
- Psychological problems are based, in part, on learned patterns of unhelpful behaviour.
- People suffering from psychological problems can learn better ways of coping with them, thereby relieving their symptoms and becoming more effective in their lives.
What Can CBT Treat & Support?
- Low mood
- PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
- Eating disorders
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Bipolar disorders
- Sexual disorders
- Relationship issues
CBT sessions will be very collaborative – we won’t give you the answers but we will help you find the solutions using the tools of CBT. We’ll start by deciding what you want to work on first and what you want to achieve. Then we’ll work together to help you to gain understanding, increase your self-awareness and work towards achieving your goals of therapy.
A trusting relationship between you and your therapist is the most important factor in achieving a positive outcome in therapy.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me
Additional Support NI Counselling can assist you with:
Affairs & Betrayals
Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
Body dysmorphic disorder
Child related issues
Chronic fatigue syndrome /ME
Generalised anxiety disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Passive aggressive behaviour
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Pregnancy and birth
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
Separation and divorce
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We have appointments available online and by telephone, we also have face-to-face appointments available at our various office locations across Northern Ireland - our head office is in Antrim town.