If you are considering having Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, how do you know if it’s right for you?
There are many different types of therapy available these days, so it can be tricky figuring out which one will serve you best. A useful question to start with is, ‘what do I want to get out of therapy sessions?’
If the answer is time and space to discuss and reflect on something you’ve been through, a counselling approach might be a good option.
If you want to understand past events and how you have developed as a person, a psychologist might be able to help.
If you want to learn how to become your own therapist and, along with talking things through, develop the tools and skills to move forward, then Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is probably right for you.
Some therapists have often trained in a few areas for example I’m also trained in EMDR and CFT – These can enhance the quality of the therapy or if it’s not relevant for you a focused CBT approach will be prioritised.
CBT is a very practical approach, so you’re encouraged to do things in between sessions to consolidate your learning.
CBT is also a structured, goal-focused therapy. It’s about changing the way you think and the things you do.
You will learn about mental health and experiences there’s a lot of education in the therapy.
Common problems people come to CBT with include anxiety, phobias, depression, OCD, traumatic events, panic attacks, stress, low confidence or low self-esteem, social anxiety, sleep problems and excessive worry.
People sometimes worry about seeing a therapist and the therapist just sitting there nodding while they don’t know what to say. This is never the case in CBT as the therapist is a lot more active and works hard to help you make sense of the patterns you find yourself in.
The key principle is that our thoughts impact how we feel and what we do, keeping us locked in unhelpful cycles which then create the worlds we live in. With a therapist, you can be supported to understand and get more clarity on these cycles and then work together to alter unhelpful thinking styles or patterns of behaviour. Along with gaining more insight into your experiences, you’ll learn helpful tools and strategies along the way.
You don’t need to have a specific problem, you might just want to understand your mind more build up your resilience and work towards being the best version of yourself.