Kirsty Bunce - Therapeutic Counsellor and Trainer

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Do you find yourself stuck in a cycle of negative thoughts?

When things are going wrong in your life, or you are faced with difficulties, it’s easy to get caught up in old negative thinking patterns which lead to you finding fault with yourself.
These negative thinking patterns are usually rooted in childhood, and are linked to beliefs about how successful, valuable, worthy, lovable, adequate, etc, you believe yourself to be.
Your responses and reactions to your life events and situations may be distorted by old negative beliefs you have about yourself.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) theory suggests that it is not actual events that upset you, but the meanings you attach to them.
CBT aim to identify your negative thinking patterns and change those thoughts to alternative ways of thinking about your situation, therefore changing how you feel.
In practice, a CBT session might involve you talking about a specific experience or event that has had an impact on you, and focusing on breaking down the details of how you were affected, making connections to your negative thought patterns and old beliefs about yourself.
The governments NICE guidelines recommend CBT as a treatment for many mental health issues and also for the management of symptoms for chronic health conditions.


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