"The only real voyage of discovery....consists not in seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes' (O'Brien,1948)
What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?
Cognitive (Thoughts) Behavioural (Behaviour) Therapy (Treatment)
The CBT Model
Research provides strong evidence that the thoughts us humans have, control the feelings we have and our feelings determine our actions.
For example: If your partner comes home late from work frequently, the way you think and make sense about the situation will affect how you feel and what you do about it. Such that if you think they are having an affair, you might feel sad or angry and hence confront them. Whereas, if you thought they were working hard for the family, your actions would be very different.
CBT helps you to identify unhelpful thinking and behaviour patterns and any underlying reasons for these. Treatment then helps to break the cycle of how you think and what you do as a result of these thoughts. Unlike other therapies, it looks at how to improve your state of mind in the here and now, instead of focusing on the causes of your distress.
Our life experiences as humans, can shape our belief systems and these beliefs can shape our behaviour, through the thoughts and feelings associated with them. CBT helps you to recognise and challenge these beliefs and change the thinking errors associated with them. Research provides strong evidence that our perception can be distorted through the beliefs we hold about ourselves, other people and the world, which you will learn more about as you move through the modules.