Joanne Regina, M.A., MBABCP, MBACP, EMDR (UK & IRE)
Counselling and Psychotherapy
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
"Your outer world is a reflection of your inner world. To change your circumstances, you must start by changing your internal beliefs, attitudes and emotions." -Ruben Chavez
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is an evidenced-based therapy developed by Dr. Aaron Beck, which is based on examining how our feelings, mood, and behaviour are interconnected and influenced by our thoughts, perceptions and views about the world. Simply stated, how we interpret a situation influences how we feel, our reactions to the situation and our behaviour.
Numerous research studies suggest that CBT leads to significant improvement in functioning and quality of life and has been proven effective in the treatment of addiction, depression, and anxiety disorders.
CBT is a short-term therapy lasting between 6 to 20 sessions depending on the complexity of presenting issues. It employs a goal-oriented, problem-solving approach to treatment which focuses on identifying, evaluating, and changing maladaptive patterns of thinking and relevant underlying beliefs that are causing or maintaining anxiety, depression, or other problems. Incorporating a collaborative and structured therapy, CBT focuses on learning new skills, including problem-solving, identifying irrational thoughts and beliefs, changing behaviours, and improving interpersonal relationships.
An essential element to CBT is action- engaging in new behaviour both in sessions and in life in order to create a pattern of thoughts, feelings, and actions that truly serves one's values and goals. At its core, rather than a talking therapy, CBT is a doing therapy.
If your difficulties have been relatively long-standing and entrenched, dysfunctional beliefs which have resulted in repeated relationship difficulties, chronic depression, anxiety, or low self esteem; you may benefit from Schema-Focused Therapy or Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).
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