Behavioural therapy focuses on an individual’s learnt, or conditioned, behaviour and how this can be changed.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Behavioural therapies are based on the way you think (cognitive) and/or the way you behave. These therapies recognise that it is possible to change or recondition, our thoughts or behaviour to overcome specific problems. Behavioural therapy focuses on an individual’s learnt, or conditioned, behaviour and how this can be changed. The approach assumes that if a behaviour can be learnt, then it can be unlearnt (or reconditioned) so is useful for dealing with issues such as phobias or addictions. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) combines cognitive and behavioural therapies. The approach focuses on thoughts, emotions, physical feelings and actions, and teaches clients how each one can affect the other. CBT is useful for dealing with several issues, including depression, anxiety and phobias.
Benefits of CBT Therapy
It is based on scientific evidence that it works proving it can be as effective as medication in treating some mental health disorders and may be helpful in cases where medication alone has not worked.
It can be completed in a relatively short period of time compared to other talking therapies and it is goal orientated it puts you and your emotional needs at the forefront. It focuses on helping you identify your, core beliefs and help you recognise if they are helpful or not, are you acting in accordance with these beliefs and are they helping you reach your goals, if not, why not and how do you want to change these core beliefs? Skills you learn in CBT are useful, practical and helpful strategies that can be incorporated into everyday life to help you cope better with future emotional problems and difficulties, even after your therapy has finished.