Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (CBP) is a talking therapy. The key themes which underpin CBP centre on how we think about a situation influences how we act or respond. In addition, our actions can influence how we feel (emotions) and think. This is sometimes referred to as a ‘negative cycle’. This negative cycle can be seen in figure 1 situated to the right of this paragraph.
It is important to note, that this style of therapy is flexible in its approach and is proven to treat a broad range of both emotional and physical difficulties.
Whilst working alongside your psychotherapist the main aim of the therapy is to change negative thinking patterns, to change an unhelpful action or maybe to change both (thinking & actions). The key message is that CBP is flexible in its approach and together with your psychotherapist unhelpful ways of living (thinking or actions) will be addressed to help you improve your own quality of life.
I learnt that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph to conquer over it. The brave man does not feel afraid but is he who conquers that fear.” Nelson Mandela