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A clinician who has trained to become a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist will be skilled in helping you to understand the links between your thoughts, your feelings and what you do. They will work hard with you to develop your skills in being able to manage your thoughts and feelings and changing your behaviour.
CBT cannot remove your problems, but it can help you deal with them in a more positive way. A CBT Therapist will help you to identify how your thoughts, feelings and behaviours can trap you in a vicious cycle. They will then help you crack this cycle by breaking down overwhelming problems into smaller parts and showing you how to change these negative patterns to improve the way you feel.
Unlike some other talking treatments, CBT deals mainly with your current problems, rather than focusing on issues from your past. It looks for practical ways to improve your state of mind on a daily basis. After working out what you can change, your therapist will ask you to practice these changes in your daily life and you will discuss how you got on during the next session. The eventual aim of therapy is to teach you to apply the skills you have learnt during treatment to your daily life.
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