People rarely look for help with their thinking as typically they describe their issue in terms of how they are feeling or in terms of being unable to cope with certain situations.
For many, it is others or circumstances that are responsible for the way they feel rather than understanding that it is how they interpret the event that leads to negative thoughts and behaviours. Possessing such rigid expectations of ourselves and others only leads to disappointment, recrimination, regret, and anxiety. Much of our philosophy of life—what we think about ourselves and our values—is learned from past experiences. But the past is with us in the form of beliefs that we carry in our head in the present. When an irrational or negative belief is held without basis in fact, emotional issues will result.
The role of CBT and its various branches is to assist the client in changing negative or irrational beliefs and assumptions about what might happen in their future and how to accept its uncertainty. It also helps a client to accept responsibility for how they behave under certain, stressful circumstances.
Negative beliefs are often formed in childhood, and for a more mature client, this means that it has driven their behaviour for many years. In my experience, challenging these beliefs with CBT alone and without exploring and dealing with their origins results in drawn-out therapy and a client who really struggles to change their thinking. CBT should is a short, focused therapy and works well with specific issues or situations that are troubling the client; maybe an upcoming public speaking engagement, or a job interview.
Some of the issues CBT can help: depression, anxiety, stress, panic attacks.
If you think you would benefit from CBT, get in touch to book a consultation