CBT is a form of talking therapy that focuses on our cognitive thoughts and behaviours and has been proved to help a wide range of emotional and physical health conditions to people of all ages.
The way we act can have a positive or negative impact on our feelings and emotional wellbeing. CBT concentrates on how we think about a situation that is happening in our life and how it is affecting us, (which can be the way we think and act.) The therapist works together with the client to change the clients thinking patterns and/or behaviours.
CBT theory suggests that it isn’t the event that causes you distress but the feelings/emotions we give to them. Your thoughts can prevent you from seeing things that don’t fit in with what you believe and this, in turn, can lead to you holding onto those thoughts and being unable to look at a different perspective.
For example if you feel down or depressed you may think “I can’t go in to work today”, ”Nothing will go right anyway”, “I’m useless”. This may result in you calling in sick.
This can result in you feeling and thinking that, “I’ve let people down” or
“Why can’t I be normal like everyone else and just go to work”?
You will probably end up feeling even worse and have more difficulty going to work the next day. Continuing to think, behave and feel this way can result in a downward spiral and contributes to negative thinking and lower mood.
By continuing to think and behave this way doesn’t allow you to consider that your thoughts and predictions may be incorrect. Instead, the way you are thinking and behaving leads you to believe that you are right and that you have indeed let people down.
CBT will help you learn to recognize how you think, behave and feel and encourage you to checkout other ways of thinking and behaving that maybe more useful.