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Cognitive Behavioural therapy

has served as a powerful and effective tool in combating issues such as depression, anxiety, phobias, overeating, anger and relationship issues. It is a time limited talk therapy.

Turning anxiety on it's head!

Anxiety disorders are among the most debilitating psychological conditions experienced today. Millions of people worldwide struggle valiantly every day to control worry, panic fear or dread. But often they find that the more they try and escape anxiety the worse it gets and the narrower their lives become. Using CBT you can learn to turn anxiety on its head and improve your quality of life. Anxiety has many faces, but the dedicated and ongoing work of hundreds of mental health professional and clinicians over the last three decades has yielded treatments that are effective in dealing with the complexity of this disorder. There are treatments available today, that simply were not available ten or twenty years ago. CBT has been shown in study after study to improve anxiety even when it has persisted (and grown) for many years.  

Binge-Eating Disorder!

Using cognitive behavioural therapy techniques to overcome binge-eating and stick to the eating plan.

Read Elizabeth's story here

Conquer your Fear of Flying this Summer!

This year don't allow your fear of flying ruin your travel plans. Do something about it. CBT is the most effective way to overcome your fear of flying. The fear of flying is a well-known phenomenon. Statistics show that millions of people worldwide are afraid to fly! So you are certainly not alone. CBT effectively treats fear of flying, even when other treatments have failed. People have all kinds of worries and fears when flying: the fear of having a panic attack, losing control, going mad etc. A lot of people I've treated report that, before the fear developed, they used to love flying and many of them flew routinely and enjoyed the experience. Others report never having felt comfortable in a plane at all.

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How cognitive therapy can help you feel better!

For anyone living with emotional and psychological distress, the variety of therapeutic approaches available is bewildering. Each approach has its value and many people feel that there is one particular model which suits them best. We offer Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) because (as indicated by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence – NICE) research evidence suggests that it is the most effective treatment for a number of conditions. We believe that CBT offers clients the possibility of regaining control of their lives in a way that is respectful, collaborative and cost-effective. The idea behind CBT is that we develop patterns of thinking and behaviour in response to life experiences and events. These patterns may, initially, have served some kind of useful function or defence against anxiety or distress. However, in many cases, these patterns outlive their usefulness and get in the way of our living healthy, happy and productive lives. CBT enables clients to gain insight and understanding into ways in which their thoughts and behaviour can actually maintain rather than alleviate anxiety and distress. As a CBT practitioner, I work with clients to explore the patterns they have established and to introduce new ways of behaving and looking at themselves, at others and the world around them.

Accredited CBT Therapist.

I am registered with the Irish and British association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies. IABCP is part of the BABCP family, the lead organisation for CBT in the UK and Ireland, with a membership of over 9,000 and 40 years of experience in CBT. BABCP accreditation is recognised by health professionals as the gold standard in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Ensure the quality of your therapy by choosing an accredited BABCP therapist.

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT): The Model
CBT is based on the premise that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviours, and not external things, like people, situations, and events. The benefit of this fact is that we can change the way we think to ‘feel better’ and choose our actions even if the situation does not change.

CBT Scientific Research Studies
CBT is the best researched of all the psychological treatments. It was developed and applied to depression in the 1970s. There are now very many research studies testifying to its effectiveness. Initially developed for the treatment of depression, a number of treatment protocols have since been developed for the treatment of different anxiety disorders. CBT is now considered more effective than medication in the treatment of anxiety disorders. There is currently a vast amount of exciting research into CBT ongoing in leading universities across the UK and USA. CBT is based on the idea that part of what keeps people depressed is the way they look at the world. So in this view, the pessimism, hopelessness and self-criticism so characteristic of depression are not just side-effects of the disorder. They are central to what makes people depressed and keeps them feeling that way. The treatment therefore focuses on trying to identify and change the ways of thinking (‘cognitive’ factors) and behaving (‘behavioural’ factors) which keep people depressed.

The basic idea of CBT
The model is based on two main ideas: the way that you feel depends on your thoughts and beliefs (‘cognitions’ in the jargon) and is also strongly influenced by what you do (‘behaviour’). That is why it is called cognitive behavioural therapy.

The role of thoughts in CBT
Let’s look at the role of thoughts first. Many of us tend to think that the way we feel is simply a result of what happens to us. For example, someone criticises me and I feel upset. CBT says that this simple model misses out a critical step. If it was just the event (the criticism) that caused the feeling, then the same event would have to cause the same feeling in everyone. Everybody who was criticised would feel the same way about it. But we know that this is not true. Different people may have very different reactions to the same event. CBT says that what makes this crucial difference is the individual’s interpretation of the event.

It is not the event itself which makes me feel upset, but rather what I take the event to mean. In other words, events are always filtered through my individual thoughts and beliefs about them. If I had different thoughts about the event I would end up feeling differently

cognitive behavioural therapy in the workplace

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Don't give in to self-doubt and fear of failing. You don't have to wait to become the person you hope and want to be. You can make changes in your life right now.

Think confident,
be confident.

Cognitive Confident Behavioural
CBT Expert
Professor David Clarke gives an overview of CBT in the above video

Improving
your self esteem

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Do you second-guess yourself or find yourself uncertain or self-critical. In a fast paced world, self-doubt can stifle you, leading to needless stress, suffering and fear. Isn't it time to quash the doubt that is holding you back and replace it with confidence and life-long sef-esteem by challenging the way you think, feel and behave.

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