Understanding Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a form of talking therapy that can be a powerful tool for managing a variety of mental health challenges.

It works by helping you understand the connection between your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. By identifying unhelpful thinking patterns and developing strategies for changing them, CBT can empower you to take control of your emotional well-being.

Here at York Therapy Clinic, our CBT therapists in York are experienced in helping people with a variety of conditions, including anxiety disorders, depression, OCD, stress, PTSD, and low self-esteem.

The Theory Behind CBT

CBT is grounded in the idea that our thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and behaviours all exist on a spectrum and influence each other.

For instance, a negative thought can trigger feelings of anxiety, which might lead to physical symptoms like sweating or a racing heart. This then leads to certain “anxious” behaviours such as avoidance, dwelling or seeking reassurance. These behaviours then reinforce the negative thought, creating a vicious cycle.

Through CBT, you’ll learn to recognise these patterns and develop healthier ways of thinking about situations.

How does CBT Therapy work?

During our CBT therapy sessions in York, your experienced CBT therapist will help you identify unhelpful thinking patterns and develop strategies for challenging them. You’ll also learn practical coping mechanisms for managing difficult emotions and situations.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a collaborative effort, with active participation in each session and exercises completed outside of therapy. This could involve keeping a thought diary, practicing relaxation techniques, or gradually exposing yourself to feared situations.

The Benefits of CBT

CBT is a well-researched and effective form of therapy, which can be highly beneficial for those struggling with a number of issues. These benefits include:

  • Reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression
  • Improved mood and emotional regulation
  • Increased self-esteem and confidence
  • Development of healthier coping mechanisms
  • Improved problem-solving skills.

CBT in York

If you find yourself feeling stuck in negative thought patterns, CBT therapy could be the right fit for you. Our experienced and compassionate CBT therapists in York can help you take control of your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours and live a more fulfilling life.

To find out more about Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with our CBT therapists in York, contact us today on 07788 129245, or email us at enquiries@yorktherapyclinic.co.uk for a confidential consultation.

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