CBT is for people who are unhappy or anxious or depressed, and who want to build awareness and management of how they think and feel and behave. It is also for people who have particular situational problems or anxieties. And it is for people who have good coping skiills, but who want to make them even better. And it is for people who like personal and professional development in well being, and literally learning how to be happy. So… CBT is for everybody.
What is it? Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a psycho-educational model that teaches the engaged learner, (that’s you), how to build awareness of your ‘attributional style’ (this is a psychology term for how you explain the world to yourself) – and how to recognise in a very practical way how stress distorts our thoughts and beliefs, and how to un-distort them deliberately and consciously, over and over, until your new default thinking is more rational and realistic.
CBT has proven to outperform anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medication for people dealing with serious emotional health disorders – but you do not have to have depression or an anxiety disorder to use and benefit from CBT. Think of it this way, it is as simple and as essential as eating right or exercising – only it’s your beautiful brain and psychological health you are taking care of.
CBT is often called ‘the philosophy of how to be happy’ – and who doesn’t want that?
It is a very real and practical science and psychotherapy. It is not about positive thinking in a law of attraction type way – it is about reframing to realistic thinking, it is about developing great psychological health and well being through rational thinking skills, it is about developing great coping skills. It is a beautiful science. And science is magic that works. Try it and see if it’s right for you…