CBT in Cheshire
WHAT IS CBT?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) as the most effective way to treat many problems. Many studies have demonstrated that CBT is as effective as medication for many common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.
CBT explores the relationship between your thought, feelings and behaviour and the impact that these are currently having on you. The aim of therapy is to help you to develop new strategies to manage your problems. It involves you working together with your therapist to improve your life and your current experience. As a result you will develop a range of skills and tools to use to help gain freedom from your problems and then you are more likely to be able to maintain the improvements after therapy.
WHAT IS COMPASSION FOCUSED THERAPY?
Compassion focused therapy (CFT) was developed by Paul Gilbert and it aims to help promote mental and emotional healing by encouraging people in treatment to be compassionate toward themselves and other people. Compassion, both toward the self and toward others, is an essential aspect of well-being.
One of its key concerns is to use compassionate mind training to help people develop and work with experiences of inner warmth, safeness and soothing, via compassion and self-compassion.
CFT teaches the skills and attributes of compassion in order to help transform problematic patterns of cognition and emotion related to anxiety, anger, shame and self-criticism.
What problems can CBT and CFT help with?
CBT has been shown to be effective with many problems including:
Generalised Anxiety Disorder (which is characterised by excessive worry)
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
Post-traumatic stress disorder
COMPASSION FOCUSED THERAPY
Compassion-focused therapy (CFT) looks to help those who struggle with shame and self-criticism. Often these can be the driving forces behind other mental health conditions like anxiety and depression.
Compassion-focused therapy is particularly helpful for those who have the following:
deep feelings of shame or guilt
a history of bullying
a history or physical emotional abuse
an unrelenting inner critic
difficulties (or an inability) to feel kind towards themselves