In simple terms, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an approach to psychotherapy which serves to identify and explore patterns of thinking and behaving which are contributing to a problematic emotional state, exploring these thoughts and behaviours for the presence of inaccuracy, troublesome bias or distortion, and reconstructing more helpful and more accurate ones.
It is not about wishful thinking, or a denial of reality – conversely is about trying to discern actual evidence and fact, from inappropriate ‘meanings’ or ‘inaccurate conclusions’, correcting the distortions or faulty thinking, supporting the individual to accept the reality as it actually is, and where possible engaging in some appropriate problem solving strategies.
What is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy used for?
A Cognitive – Behavioural therapeautic orientation encompasses a range of specific counselling and clinical techniques and approaches and has been found to be extremely useful in a range of contexts and emotional disturbances – particularly depression and anxiety.
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