Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (CBT)
What is CBT Therapy?
Cognitive-Behavioural Psychotherapy (CBT) is a present-focused talking therapy supported by many years evidence-based clinical research. In CBT, we look at our problems by learning about the relationship between how we think about ourselves, our relationships with others and the world around us, and how this affects our emotions and our behaviours.
It is focused on the here and now, to help you find ways to cope with worry, anxiety and depression in your daily life.
CBT Therapy consists of a broad spectrum of techniques and treatments to support people with a variety of life challenges. The aim at your initial session is to do an assessment to get a sense of what brings you therapy. From there, we can decide together the best treatment approach through a shared understanding of your difficulty.
How Does CBT work?
Coming to a CBT session will help you find a supportive space to share your difficulties. The sessions will help you gain a better understanding of why you are feeling stuck right now, and what is keeping it all going in your life. In other words, why you feel you are going around in circles with this problem.
Both you and I will put our heads together to find ways to help you cope with and address these difficulties in your life.
At Suaimhneas Cork CBT Therapy and Mindfulness, we base our treatment approach on what you would like to gain from the sessions. What changes would you like to see in your life by the end of the therapy? For example, what you like to be doing differently in your life? What would you be doing in life that truly matters to you? What would your life look like if you had better ways to cope with anxiety or depression.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy has clinically proven treatments for the following difficulties
CBT and Mindfulness
Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy has integrated Mindfulness-Based approaches as it evolved in recent decades. ‘Third-wave’ CBT shifts focus to mindfulness, acceptance, and self-compassionate approaches to dealing with our life challenges, such as a racing mind or difficult, painful emotions.
Third wave approaches such as Compassion-Focused Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy seek to change our ‘relationship’ to difficult and unhelpful thoughts and emotions. We learn to relate to them in a new way by mindfully and compassionately accepting them as they are in the present moment. For example, instead of being pushed around by our thoughts we learn to step back from them and let them come and go of their own accord. We learn to see them as they truly are, that is ‘thoughts’ and not ‘facts’. In fact, ‘we’ are not our thoughts, they come and they go.
Through these approaches we learn to step-back and mindfully defuse from our difficult thoughts and emotions. We realise that they don’t need to overwhelm or define us, or hold us back from living a life worth-living or doing what truly matters to us.