CBT —Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Increasingly, research points to CBT as the most effective therapeutic intervention, when used in conjunction with prescribed medication, in dealing with: depression, anxiety and eating disorders.

The main assumption of CBT is that a person's interpretation of an experience is a belief rather than a fact. As the old saying goes: is your glass half full or half empty?

If we take depression as an example, it has been found that if we get into long term patterns of negative thinking the brain assumes that there is a real threat and releases hormones such as cortisol. Cortisol is very useful in the fight or flight situation of immediate danger; but prolonged and elevated levels can affect our mood leaving us feeling down and hypersensitive to threats.

Therefore negative thinking can lead to the release of hormones that do genuinely, over time, make us feel down and vulnerable. This has the effect for the individual of confirming their negative life view, leading to more negative thinking and the sustained release of the cortisol that makes us feel low.

The aim of CBT is to allow the individual to understand and challenge the self defeating thinking that is causing their particular problem. The individual is encouraged, with the support and guidance of the therapist, to set goals and apply already existing skills to the problem and move in their own time towards becoming active agents in their own recovery.

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