The Listening Ear

CBT



What is CBT?

CBT, or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, is a form of talking treatment that is centred around how your thoughts affect your behaviour and your feelings.

It can be used for a wide range of mental health problems. Unhelpful thoughts that can be resolved by CBT include negative perceptions about yourself, other people or the world around you.

This type of therapy can help you recognise how these thoughts affect your mental health, and teach you different coping skills for dealing with these thoughts and the problems associated with them.

How does CBT work?

CBT can help you understand the problems that you may have and how they affect you by breaking them down into smaller parts. The problem often starts with a situation, and after that follows:

  • Thoughts
  • Emotions
  • Physcial Feelings
  • Actions/Behaviours


These different parts of a problem can affect each other. Challenging the negative thoughts can change how you feel emotionally about the situation, which can change your physical feelings and actions in response to it.

CBT can be especially effective if practiced outside of therapy sessions as well, particularly when a problem arises.

An example of CBT in use, helping the patient understand their problem and how it is affecting them.

  • Thoughts
  • Emotions
  • Physcial Feelings
  • Actions/Behaviours


These different parts of a problem can affect each other. Challenging the negative thoughts can change how you feel emotionally about the situation, which can change your physical feelings and actions in response to it.

CBT can be especially effective if practiced outside of therapy sessions as well, particularly when a problem arises.

An example of CBT in use, helping the patient understand their problem and how it is affecting them.