CBT / Integrative Approach

 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can be used to work with people who are experiencing a wide range of mental health issues. CBT is based on the idea that how we think (cognition), how we feel (emotion) and how we act (behaviour) all interact together.  Specifically, our thoughts determine our feelings and our behaviour.

 

Therefore, negative – and unrealistic – thoughts can cause us distress and result in problems. When a person suffers with psychological distress, the way in which they interpret situations becomes skewed, which in turn has a negative impact on the actions they take.

 

CBT aims to help people become aware of when they make negative interpretations, and of behavioural patterns which reinforce the distorted thinking.  Cognitive Therapy helps people to develop alternative ways of thinking and behaving which reduce the psychological distress.

 

This approach will be offered as part of an integrative approach to therapy, used in a person-centred manner along with various techniques from other useful models to suit each individual client.

Making the decision to attend counselling is a positive step and can offer support beyond that available from family or friends.