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CBT, Counselling and Psychotherapy

What is CBT, counselling and psychotherapy?
These terms describe the process of talking and sharing thoughts and feelings with an impartial, non-judgemental person in a safe, confidential environment. This process can empower clients to regain control of their lives by working through any problems and issues which may have caused them to lose confidence and self esteem. Talking therapies allow clients time to explore thoughts and feelings and to focus on any changes they may want to make in their lives. They can also increase self-awareness and a sense of well-being, and is often the first step on the path to discovering a more positive and fulfilling life.
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave, helping you deal with problems them in a more positive way. CBT is based on the concept that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected, and that negative thoughts and feelings can trap you in a vicious cycle. It aims to help you stop this cycle by breaking down overwhelming problems into smaller parts and showing you how to change these negative patterns to improve the way you feel. CBT deals with your current problems, rather than focusing on issues from your past. It looks for practical ways to improve your state of mind on a daily basis.
It is most commonly used to help with anxiety and depression, but can be useful for other mental and physical health problems such as:-
 obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
 panic attacks
 post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
 insomnia and other sleep disorders
 eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia
 phobias
 irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
 chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS/ME)
CBT cannot cure the physical symptoms of these health conditions, but it can help people cope better with their symptoms.
Counselling and Psychotherapy
Counselling and Psychotherapy are often considered to be interchangeable therapies that overlap in a number of ways. The key difference between the two lies in the recommended treatment time. Counselling usually refers to a brief treatment that centres around thought and behaviour patterns. Psychotherapy focuses on working with clients for a longer-term and draws from insight into emotional problems and difficulties.
Counselling and psychotherapy are suitable for anyone suffering from depression, anxiety, relationship problems, mental health problems, bereavement, anger management and many other issues which may be affecting a client’s quality of life, interactions with others or their general well-being.


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