A few years ago I worked in finance, it was driven and highly stressful, it was like being on a constant adrenaline rush, but slowly I started to burn out. Slowly, I started to take steps back in life to examine what I was doing. The more stress that piled on the more I noticed my mind crashed, blank out of nowhere, I startled more or maybe I just noticed it more… I knew something had to change, I had to change.
My past was catching up with me, flashbacks were happening more frequently but for the hell of I couldn’t remember why or what it was. I would see streets, faces, even an isle in the supermarket I hadn’t been in for years! That’s when I retired out of the finance world and started to write, to try and regain my memories, hauling them out onto paper, the rape, the domestic violent marriage I’d had, the stalking and being held hostage….
I started a blog to keep an online diary with Wordpress and I found I wasn’t alone, people out there just like me. It was wonderful! I trawled through the deepest, hidden memories of my past to find who I really was. It was painful, the symptoms of PTSD became all encompassing, even though I’d lived with them for years, suppressing them until they couldn’t or wouldn’t be suppressed any more. The thing about PTSD is that it is with you 24/7, even when you are sleeping. The night terrors and nightmares raise their ugly heads and you wake up trembling, shaking in a sweat. The old “She just needs some rest and will be fine” thing, just doesn't work with PTSD…
So I set to task to heal, even if I couldn’t heal fully, I thought, just some of it my life would be so incredibly better, anything was better than putting up with the disassociation, the mind blanking out and crashing.
I did it, my mind no longer goes as blank as much as it used, the startling has eased dramatically, so have the panic attacks, the headaches, the “I can’t drag my ass out of bed today” tiredness. I can even look at myself in the mirror and smile! Go figure! Didn’t think that would ever happen!
I then asked myself “Why wasn’t this “Thing” I had done a therapy”. Turned out it was! It had a name: Cognitive behavioural therapy and has become the preferred choice of many people, due to the convenience and flexibility it offers.
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a form of talking therapy in which negative patterns of thought, about self, the world, and others are challenged in order to alter unwanted behaviours. It is largely concerned with the here and now, unlike counselling and doesn’t necessarily have to explore a person’s past. As a result, it can bring about positive profound change, in a very short time frame.
It is becoming more popular than ever, and for very good reason. As well as being an excellent therapeutic model, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is highly effective when applied as a model for practical problem solving. It is also incredibly adaptable and can be used in a variety of different settings. CBT is both pragmatic, and collaborative. Through discussion, you work with a therapist work together to find solutions to current difficulties.
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a psychotherapeutic treatment that helps you understand the thoughts and feelings that are influencing your behaviours. With this understanding, strategies and goals can be put in place to deal with negative patterns of thinking, then the techniques will help break any negative cycles, enabling you to replace them with a more realistic, and helpful alternative.
The great thing about it is, Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) teaches, that whilst you cannot control all the aspects of your environment, you do have control over how you interpret and deal with them. This is why I trained to be a Cognitive behavioural therapist! Now I can help others who feel the way I felt and find calm, peace and themselves again.
25 ISSUES THAT COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY (CBT) CAN HELP WITH:
OCD – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Chronic back pain
Low Self Esteem
Body Image Issues
ADD – Attention Deficit Disorder
ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
PTSD – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Low Self Confidence
BDD – Body Dysmorphic Disorder
COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY (CBT) IS VERY EFFECTIVE IN COACHING, FOR SUCH THINGS AS:
Because cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is so versatile, it can sometimes be used within a coaching session. The sorts of things cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can be used in coaching for, include:
Career Progressioncognitive behavioural therapy (cbt) counselling services
Retraining Negative Thought Patterns
Reframing Restricting Belief Systems
Removing Personal Blocks
Whatever changes you are looking to make in your life, we can get you where you want to be.
So in a nutshell…
What does cognitive behavioral therapy treat?
Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy that helps people to change unhelpful or unhealthy thinking habits, feelings and behaviours. CBT may be used to treat problems including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, uncontrollable anger, substance abuse and PTSD.
What is the definition of Cognitive Behaviour?
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. It is most commonly used to treat anxiety and depression, but can be useful for other mental and physical health problems.
What is a behavioral therapist?
Behavioral therapy is a treatment that helps change potentially self-destructing behaviors. It is also called behavioral modification or cognitive behavioral therapy. Medical professionals use this type of therapy to replace bad habits with good ones. The therapy also helps you cope with difficult situations.
What do you think?
Is depression, anxiety, stress, nightmares and PTSD getting you down and you’re wondering where to turn?
Do you feel lonely?
If you could change one thing, what would it be?