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  Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Understanding Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): A Path to Positive Change.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a powerful and research-backed talking therapy renowned for its effectiveness in addressing a wide spectrum of difficulties. Recognised by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) as a recommended treatment for Depression and Anxiety, CBT serves as a beacon of hope for those seeking positive and lasting change.

Key Tenets of CBT:

  1. Influence of Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviour: At the heart of CBT is the understanding that our thoughts and beliefs, along with our behaviours, play a pivotal role in shaping how we feel. By unravelling this interconnected web, CBT empowers individuals to navigate and transform their emotional experiences.

  2. Identification and Modification of Patterns: CBT guides you in identifying and changing your own unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaving. The collaborative partnership between client and therapist is structured and solution-focused, working towards achieving agreed therapy goals. Whether seeking short-term support or a deeper exploration, CBT adapts to your unique needs and preferences.

  3. Solution-Focused Collaboration: The client and therapist work together in a structured, solution-focused manner. The emphasis is on achieving positive outcomes and fostering growth. This collaborative approach ensures that the therapeutic journey aligns with your goals, offering support and guidance every step of the way.

  4. Cognitive Influence on Emotional Responses: In any situation, our cognitive processes significantly influence our emotional responses and subsequent behaviors. When faced with distress, our reactions in terms of thoughts, feelings, and actions can either perpetuate challenges or pave the way for positive change.


How CBT Can Assist You:

  • Understanding Stress Responses: CBT facilitates a deeper understanding of your responses to stress and how these responses have developed over time. This self-awareness becomes a cornerstone for meaningful transformation.

  • Development of Adaptive Responses: Beyond understanding, CBT equips you with the tools to develop more adaptive and constructive responses to stressors. It provides practical strategies to reshape thinking patterns and behaviours, fostering positive change.


Whether you are seeking immediate relief or a comprehensive exploration of your experiences, CBT offers a personalised journey toward positive change. The collaborative efforts between client and therapist create a supportive environment for growth, empowerment, and improved mental well-being.

Catriona Harper Counselling. Remote, on-line counselling, psychotherapy, CBT
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