Consultant psychologist Elena Touroni explains how CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) concerns thoughts, behaviours and emotions and how it helps people resolve vicious cycles that cause mental health difficulties. https://www.thechelseapsychologyclinic.com Chelsea Psychology Clinic are a group of London psychologists and psychiatrists offering private psychological therapy and psychiatry treatment from their premises across central London and Chelsea. The private therapy sessions cover the following areas: – Acceptance & Commitment Therapy – Cognitive Analytic Therapy – Cognitive-behavioural Therapy – Couples Therapy – Dialectical-behaviour Therapy – Mentalisation Based Treatment – Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy – Schema Therapy
CBT stands for cognitive behavioural therapy, which is a therapy that was developed in the ’70s. Cognitive behavioural therapy is the most effective therapeutic approach these days that has a whole range of evidence behind it for its outcomes. In cognitive behavioural therapy, we focus on cognitions, so thoughts, and we also focus on behaviours and emotions. So a lot of the time, what we help people do through cognitive behavioural therapy is understand how their thoughts about a situation and the interpretations they make, mediate their feelings and lead to particular behaviours that might be creating vicious cycles for them. For instance, somebody with anxiety might be in a situation that is not especially threatening. So for instance, they might be in a situation in which… Say, for instance, they’re about to speak to people that they don’t know. And in that situation, they might have the thought, “These people are not going to like me. They’re really judging me. They’re going to not be very nice to me. They might reject me.” Because of those thoughts, then the person might end up feeling extremely anxious, their emotions escalate, and the behaviour they engage in is they avoid the situation. So cognitive behavioural therapy focuses a lot on changing and challenging the negative thoughts that we have and all the behaviours that we engage in that we enforce vicious cycles.