About | Cognitive Beahviour Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is currently one of the most well-established scientifically validated approaches to psychotherapy. It has been shown to be effective in treating a variety of difficulties and preventing relapse and is appropriate for individuals of all ages. People suffering from mental illness will often have an ongoing negative view about themselves and the world around them. This negative way of thinking is often not confined to episodes of illness, but is an ongoing part of how the person thinks about life.

Many or all of their experiences are distorted through a negative filter and their thinking patterns become so entrenched that they don’t even notice the errors of judgment caused by thinking irrationally.

Cognitive behaviour therapy aims help individuals identify and challenge maladaptive thought patterns that may be influential in the development and maintenance of symptoms. It also involves the development of skills in areas such as assertion, interpersonal problem-solving, anxiety and anger management, and relaxation and visualization. Individuals are shown how their thinking affects their mood and self esteem and CBT teaches them to think in less negative ways about life and themselves. It is based on the understanding that thinking negatively is a habit, and, like any other bad habit, it can be broken.

As part of her treatment Donna will often provide ‘homework’ between sessions. Between 6-10 sessions can be required but the number will vary from person to person.

“Through pride we are ever deceiving ourselves. But deep down below the surface of the average conscience a still, small voice says to us, something is out of tune. ” ― C.G. Jung