CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy)

This technique works by helping the client understand how powerful the constant chatterbox in the mind can be. In the negative mood states such as anxiety, stress, anger or depression, for example, these are referred to as negative automatic thoughts (Cognitions). The thoughts in turn give rise to an emotional reaction which are experienced as body sensations. These emotions often result in a behaviour. An example would be a client who has developed a phobia following a car accident. The thoughts are constantly reminding the client about what happened. Car travel now causes the client to feel panic and fear. The panic and fear causes the client to feel sick, have a racing heart and to become shaky. The behaviour is to avoid car travel. The avoidance perpetuates the thoughts and the phobia develops.

CBT can help break this vicious circle of thoughts, feelings and behaviour. CBT is client centred and goal orientated. It is important that the client and I are working towards the goals that the client wishes.