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Cognitive behavioural therapy is a counselling technique that is used by many clinical psychologists, psychiatrists and counsellors. Some therapists will specialise in this form of therapy while others will use some of the techniques to help you work through particular difficulties.

The therapy is based around helping you understand, manage and change your thoughts (cognitions) and actions (behaviour). This form of therapy has been shown to be very effective for a whole range of things but is particularly effective if you have depression or anxiety.

Depression has a strong effect on the way people think. For example in situations which could end positively or negatively, people who experience depression are more likely to think it will end negatively. In part, cognitive behavioural therapy will help replace negative thoughts for positive ones and also reinforce positive actions.

1. It helps you identify and change negative thinking associated with depressed feelings.

If you are depressed you may feel hopeless, a lack of energy, empty and/or anxious. These feelings make it difficult to think positively about yourself, your relationships with other people and life in general.

Cognitive behavioural therapy will help you to look at situations from another angle by reviewing how you managed certain events and situations in your life.

Together with a therapist you look at events in your life and talk about all the possible interpretations of those events.

Through this, negative or unhelpful thoughts are identified along with the possible helpful interpretations of a situation. Through this process you learn how to replace negative thinking patterns with more positive ones this helps you to feel better about yourself, your relationships and life in general.

2. CBT helps to focus on the positive things

If you are experiencing depression it is likely that you will not be doing many of the things that you used to enjoy. This can turn into a cycle where doing less fun stuff results in you feeling sadder which in turn makes you feel less like doing something fun. In this situation it is important that someone supports and helps motivate you.

Using cognitive behaviour therapy techniques a therapist can work with you to gradually increase the fun stuff in your life and reinforce the positive steps that you are taking.

3. CBT helps to manage your problems.

Managing problems is part of everyday life but it can feel overwhelming when you have depression. Cognitive behavioural therapy will help give you strategies for managing problems both small and large so they don’t get on top of you.

Dr André de Koning, Clinical Psychologist

Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalyst (Jungian)
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Article by Dr André de Koning

CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)

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