Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in Bromley 2018-01-06T00:50:16+00:00

What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a type of Counselling that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. Like all Counselling CBT doesn’t remove your problems, but it does help you deal with them in a more positive way. It is based on the concept that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected, and that negative thoughts and feelings can trap you in a vicious cycle.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy aims to help you crack this cycle by breaking down overwhelming problems into smaller parts and showing you how to change these negative patterns to improve the way you feel. Unlike some other talking treatments,Cognitive Behavioural Therapy deals with your current problems, rather than focusing on issues from your past. It looks for practical ways to improve your state of mind on a daily basis.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy differs from many other form of Counselling because it is:

  • Pragmatic – it helps identify specific problems and tries to solve them
  • Highly structured – rather than talking freely about your life, you and your Counsellor will discuss specific problems and set goals for you to achieve
  • Focused on current problems – it is mainly concerned with how you think and act now rather than attempting to resolve past issues
  • Collaborative – your Counsellor will not tell you what to do; they will work with you to find solutions to your current difficulties

How does Cognitive Behavioural Therapy work?

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can help you make sense of overwhelming problems by breaking them down into smaller parts.

In Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, problems are broken down into five main areas:

  • Situations
  • Thoughts
  • Emotions
  • Physical feelings
  • Actions

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is based on the concept of these five areas being interconnected and affecting each other. For example, your thoughts about a certain situation can often affect how you feel both physically and emotionally, as well as how you act in response.

There are helpful and unhelpful ways of reacting to a situation, often determined by how you think about them. When we feel bad about one situation it leads us to feel bad about other situations too and the downward spiral continues; sometimes people feel they’re drowning in problems and issues.Cognitive Behavioural Therapy aims to stop negative cycles such as these by breaking down things that make you feel bad, anxious, stressed or scared. By making your problems more manageable,Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can help you change your negative thought patterns and improve the way you feel.

Why choose Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

Research has shown that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can be as effective as medication. Sometimes, when issues are more specific, current and identifiable,Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can be completed more quickly than other forms of Counselling. However, to benefit from any form of Counselling, you need to commit yourself to the process. A Counsellor can help and advise you, but they cannot make your problems go away without your full co-operation and your investment in yourself.Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Counsellor There is always a risk that bad feelings, and the downward spiral, will return but withCognitive Behavioural Therapy you may have learned the skills to make it easier for you to control your feelings. This is why it is important to continue practising yourCognitive Behavioural Therapy skills even after you are feeling better and your sessions have finished.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy may not be suitable if you have more complex or older, deep rooted, issues. For example issues from your childhood, previous relationships, abuse or family issues.

Sometimes men can find Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is more in keeping with their ‘problem solving’ approach to life where identifying a problem and fixing it is easier to engage with.

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What to expect from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

You will have a weekly 50 minute session with your Counsellor at the same time and place for about three to four months or but longer if you wish. Your Counsellor will ask questions about your life and background. If you are anxious or depressed, the Counsellor will ask whether it interferes with your family, work and social life. They will also ask about events that may be related to your problems, treatments you have had, and what you would like to achieve through Counselling.

During the sessions, you will work with your Counsellor to break down your problems into their separate parts – such as your thoughts, physical feelings and actions. You and your Counsellor will analyse these areas to work out if they are unrealistic or unhelpful and to determine the effect they have on each other and on you. Your Counsellor will then be able to help you work out how to change unhelpful thoughts and behaviours. After working out what you can change, your Counsellor will ask you to practise these changes in your daily life and you will discuss how you got on during the next session; you may be asked to write a diary or keep a log of your issues, thoughts and behaviour.

Confronting fears and anxieties can be very difficult. Your therapist will not ask you to do things you do not want to do and will only work at a pace you are comfortable with. During your sessions, your therapist will check you are comfortable with the progress you are making. One of the biggest benefits of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is that after your course has finished, you can continue to apply the principles learned to your daily life. This should make it less likely that your symptoms will return.

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Not quite sure?

Many people are nervous when they start to think about counselling and this is perfectly normal. Let’s face it, of the one in five people in the UK who have had counselling it’s likely that most of them were unsure at the beginning. Following millions of people into counselling means you’re not alone in getting some help; more often it’s the first positive step to feeling better.

If you’re starting to feel like you need some help, you’re struggling to resolve some issues or some aspect of your life, you need someone helpful to talk to, someone who wont judge and is trained in supporting and helping; then counselling is certainly worth considering.

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Two of the most common reactions to counselling are:
“I wish i’d started sooner!” or “it felt like a weight had been lifted”. If you think you might want to feel like this then why not give it a go. At Novo Counselling we have a ‘First Session Guarantee’ so you’ve really nothing to lose!

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Why come to Novo Counselling?

When thinking about counselling you need a Counsellor you can trust from a reputable organisation. At Novo Counselling we’re here to help! We’re not a charity or run by the NHS and we like to think we’re a little different. We’re professional, ethical and efficient but we never lose sight that it’s your life and your choice. We offer you comfort and security whilst supporting you through what can be a very emotional and challenging time.

There are plenty of reasons to choose Novo Counselling and here are just some:

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  • Our clinical supervision ensures our clients always get the best support possible.
  • We offer a tiered service offering affordability and excellence.
  • We have specialist Counsellors supporting a broad range of therapeutic needs.

With Novo Counselling being a private Counselling practice, you get the benefit of easy access to support, regular repeating appointments, a commitment to you and your emotional well being, no waiting lists and confidence in our ethical practice.

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