Benefits of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

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So what is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy offered by Lorraine Oliveira at Sound-Mind. CBT can help you manage a person’s problems by changing the way you think and behave.

CBT isn’t a fast fix rememdy that will remove your problems, but can help you manage them in a more positive and pro-active manner. It encourages you to self-examine how your own actions can affect how you think and feel.

Talking and changing your behaviour can change how you think (cognitive) and what you do (behaviour). This can make you feel better about life.

So, When is CBT used?

CBT has been shown to be particularly helpful at tackling problems such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders and drug misuse.

Unlike other types of talking treatments, such as psychotherapy, CBT deals with your current problems, rather than focusing on issues from your past. It looks for practical ways to improve your state of mind on a daily basis.

Problems CBT can Help

  • Panic Disorder with or without Agoraphobia
  • Specific Phobias e.g. spiders, lifts, blood / injury, confined spaces.
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder and Chronic Worrying
  • Social Phobia including Paruresis Hypochondriasis / Health Anxiety
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Depression
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Childhood Sexual Abuse
  • Habit Disorder including nail biting, trichotillomania
  • Sleep problems and General Health Problems including IBS, Chronic Fatigue and Chronic Pain.
  • Stress
  • Anger
  • Jealousy

How CBT works

CBT works by helping you make sense of difficult and overwhelming problems by breaking them down into smaller parts.

Your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected often trapping you in a negative spiral.

CBT helps you stop these negative cycles. It aims to break down factors which are making you feel bad, anxious or scared so that they are more manageable. It can show you how to change these negative patterns to improve the way you feel.

How Often doe you need a CBT Session with Sound-Mind?

If CBT is recommended, you will usually have a session with Lorraine once a week or once every two weeks. Some problems may require more intensive intervention and a therapist may spend several hours at your home to encourage you to face your fears.

Overall, the number of sessions you need will depend on your individual problems and objectives. Treatment usually lasts six weeks and up to to six months.

Pros and cons of CBT

There are a number of advantages and disadvantages associated with CBT.

Research has shown that CBT can be as effective as medicine in treating depression and other mental health problems. Compared with other talking therapies, CBT can also be completed over a relatively short period of time.

However, to benefit from CBT, you need to commit yourself to the process. A therapist can help and advise you, but they cannot make your problems go away without your full co-operation.

Also, due to the structured nature of CBT it may not be suitable for people with more complex mental health needs or learning difficulties.

If you would like to discuss Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in more detail, feel free to call Lorraine Oliveira from Sound-Mind on ++44 7728 309 359 or e-mail help@sound-mind.co.uk.

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