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CBT

You are what you do, not what you say you'll do.  
C.G. Jung
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) can be used to help with a range of psychological and mental health problems. It’s a short-term therapy that focuses on the present by addressing current problems. You will be taught skills to modify destructive or self-defeating thoughts, feelings and behaviour with the aim of continued improvement in your mood, disposition and functioning.

CBT is based on the understanding that what you think (cognition), what you feel (emotion) and how you act (behaviour) are constantly influencing each other. Your thoughts for example influence your feelings and your behaviour, your feelings influence your thoughts and your behaviour, and your behaviour influences your thoughts and feelings all in a self-perpetuating cycle that sometimes causes psychological and emotional distress leading to self-defeating behaviour.

CBT aims to help you disrupt or break your cycle of thoughts, feelings and behaviour. You will be taught a range of skills and provided with valuable information to help you develop the ability and insight to manage your thoughts, feelings and behaviour effectively. It is intended that CBT will help empower you to re-establish your life with confidence and a sense of control.

Our work together involves short exercises that enable you to put theory/principle to practice within the sessions. You will also be provided with a series of detailed hand-outs so that you can go over the work we do in the session between sessions if you find doing so helpful.