Cognitive Behaviour

Could Cognitive Behaviour Therapy help me?

If you feel your thinking has unhealthy patterns, is obsessive or you experience phobias, or depression , or addictions CBT could be a valuable tool in your therapy.However some issues require a combination of tools, rather than a strictly CBT approach.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) focuses on the way people think and act in order to help them overcome their emotional and behavioural problems. CBT is a focused, problem-solving psychotherapy that has been shown in over 375 outcome studies to be highly effective for the treatment of many mental health problems such as depression, general anxiety disorders, panic, anger and marital distress.  .The client is empowered to become their own therapist through Education, teambuilding and developing their own skills.


Cognitive means mental processes like thinking. The word cognitive means everything that goes on in your mind including dreams, memories, images, thoughts and attention.

Behaviour means everything that you do. This includes what you say; how you try to solve problems, how you act, and avoid acting… Behaviour refers to both action and inaction, for example biting your tongue instead of speaking your mind, is still behaviour even though you are trying not to do some thing.

The active and focused psychotherapeutic approach makes the cost of treatment less expensive than other forms of therapy if it suits your particular issue. The focus on skill building and client independence minimizes the course of treatment and reduces the risk of relapse.
The therapist and client work together as a team to identify and solve problems, and therapists help clients to overcome their difficulties through changing their thinking, behaviour, and emotional response.
If indicated, Cognitive Therapy is also compatible with the use of prescribed medication.

Managing Stress through Cognitive Behavioural Techniques.

CBT is recommended by doctors and psychologists as an effective practical method of helping people deal with negative stress, conflict, depression, bullying, anxiety and panic attacks and low self confidence.

Cognitive Behavioural psychology can be helpful in:

  • Understanding emotions and moods
  • Dealing with Guilt, anxiety, depression, anger
  • Changing moods
  • Managing fear and anxiety, e.g. public speaking, anxiety and performance anxiety

Thinking Skills

  • Dealing with your inner critic and being critical of others
  • Dealing with your self defeating thoughts
  • Building self esteem

Strengthening relationships

  • Becoming aware of communication patterns
  • Understanding relationships
  • Conflict resolution
  • Strengthening relationships

However it is important to realise that other models of counselling may prove to be more effective for some issues.So if you think you would like an initial assessement to understand what might be the most effective way of working for you give a call to  086.823 1670