CBT aims to target a certain thought cycle and pattern that may be leading a person to experience a feeling or result they do not like.
CBT, also known as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, is a mode of treatment within the field of psychotherapy. The aim of CBT is to help the patient to change the patterns in terms of how they think. How we think affects how we feel and how we feel has a huge impact on how we behave and experience the world around us.
As a therapy CBT is used to help people with an array of different issues. It can be used to help a person overcome sleep difficulties, anxiety and relationship struggles to name just a few. It can also be used to help children who may be experiencing emotional or psychological issues.
CBT can help a person deal with emotional problems in a better way. It does this by setting goals and working towards changing a person's thought process. In some cases, these emotional problems can be intertwined with substance abuse or depression. For this reason, CBT is a very personal therapy and can change from person to person to ensure the best result is achieved.
According to Mental Health Ireland, one of the goals of CBT is "helping you to understand that your thoughts and actions can affect the way you feel". For this reason, it is believed to improve a person's overall quality of life.
In many cases, CBT aims to target a certain thought cycle and pattern that may be leading a person to experience a feeling or result they do not like. It can be helpful with post-traumatic stress and eating disorders for this reason.
It is a practical approach and solution to problems that are occurring in the present moment rather than issues and concerns from a person's past and this is what differentiates it from other therapies such as counselling.
When a person signs up for CBT goals will be set and a length of time will be decided upon. Sessions may be weekly, bi-weekly or monthly depending on the specific person and the desired goals.
CBT is an evidence-based form of therapy but it is important to ensure that you are receiving it from a registered psychotherapist. The sessions may involve written work, visualisation and breaking your problems down into sections. The hope is that CBT will teach you techniques and tools that you can use throughout your life.