Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a well researched therapeutic modality that subscribes to the notion that our thoughts affect how we feel and, in turn, how we behave. This means that negative thinking can lead to negative emotions, such as anxiety and sadness. When in this state of mind, our behaviours are often impacted causing patterns of isolating, procrastinating, self-medicating, etc. These patterns then support further negative thoughts about ourselves, in a vicious cycle.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy’s well-researched techniques teach us how to identify and challenge patterns leading to negative emotions and, unhelpful behaviours. It also incorporates strategies and techniques that reduce overall stress and anxiety. When not used as a standalone technique, CBT strategies complement other effective therapeutic modalities and are an essential part of successful counselling.