For example, in a stressful situation it’s quite common to think ‘I can’t do this’ or I can’t cope’, and as a result you might feel anxious or low and may avoid facing the problem. Unfortunately not addressing the problem reinforces the thought that we can’t cope and we end up feeling even lower or more anxious.
In CBT we look at what changes you can make in your thinking and behaviours that can help you to break out of these vicious cycles and feel better. Whilst it is helpful to talk about the past and understand how it affects you today, CBT mostly focuses on ways you can feel better in the here and now.
At the beginning of a course of CBT, you would work with your therapist to understand your problems and agree a treatment plan and goals. You would then work together using different strategies, techniques and experiments to explore and adapt your current patterns of thinking and behaving.
CBT requires you to be an active participant in the process of understanding your difficulties and making positive changes, and this often involves thinking about things or trying out different approaches between sessions. There is a lot of scientific evidence to show that CBT can help people struggling with anxiety and/or depression and many people who attend CBT sessions find it very beneficial.
If you are interested in finding out more or would like more information you should consider referring yourself to Somerset Talking Therapies – Refer yourself.
Online Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
The Ieso Online Talking Therapy service provides a comfortable environment for patients dealing with common mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety, both as a primary diagnosis and alongside physical health conditions. We treat patients with mild, moderate and severe and complex conditions.
Therapy delivered using our unique method of written conversation has been clinically validated in routine NHS service to deliver better results than traditional methods, with higher levels of patient engagement.
Patients engage in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) over the internet, using a secure online therapy room and written conversation. Therapy is confidential and discreet, accessible from their computer, tablet or smartphone. Appointments are either 30 or 60 minutes long and can be scheduled for any time of the day, including evenings and weekends.
As our therapy is online and in written format, patients can review their meeting content and transcripts at any time during and after treatment.