Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is becoming increasingly popular, and is proving highly effective in treating anxiety and depression. This approach highlights how faulty or irrational thinking, lie at the core of emotional disturbance. These conditions greatly interfere with the quality of one’s life, and as a consequence, determine the type of experiences a person will have throughout life. Based on prior conditioning, cognitive distortions can transpire through rigid forms of thinking, such as catastrophising or agonising over situations. If family members tend to operate irrationally, hold prejudices or superstitions, children are likely to model similar values, even if they are not based on truth.
CBT is directive, practical and solution focused in its approach, and offers a variety of techniques which are designed to replace maladaptive thought patterns with preferential thinking. As a result, it can provide the client with a healthier attitude to manage life in a more constructive way. It is an excellent formula for introducing the power of choice, and in turn, clients can experience a decrease in distress levels, and overcome the effects of self-defeating behaviours. As well as new life-skills, one can also acquire methods for translating new learning into tangible ways of dealing with various life events.