What are cognitive therapies and how do they work?

I work from the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) model.  CBT is an approach used to promote positive change in individuals. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy focuses on how you think about a problem (cognitive) and what you do about it (behaviour). Cognitive techniques can be practised by the individual and are based on the philosophy that the content of our thoughts influence our emotions and behaviour. Through cognitive therapy, it is possible to learn ways to manage the types of thoughts you have. This means that the state of mind they sustain, such as anxiety, can be resolved. This doesn’t mean that you will always think positive thoughts. It is a way to gain control over racing repetitive thoughts, which feed anxiety and depression. CBT is a solution-focused techniques that focus on the ‘here and now’. You learn to improve your state of mind right now. Sometimes, its also helpful to explore ways in which your past life experiences, have contributed to your core way of understanding yourself, others and the world.

CBT is the treatment of choice for anxiety, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is the most researched and respected form of psychological therapy. The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) strongly validates the effectiveness of CBT as a time limited and effective therapy. CBT requires that the therapist and client develop a collaborative relationship, which means that the client and therapist work together to plan strategies to deal with problems and work towards specific agreed therapeutic goals, within an agreed time-frame. CBT requires the client to practice strategies learnt during sessions.

During Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) sessions in Dunfermline, Fife, you will be guided through a process of moving beyond bad habits, mental misconceptions and emotional difficulties related to past events. You will be able to enjoy a refreshed perspective and more importantly, will learn skills that you can go on to use in everyday life once therapy has ended.