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Cognitive Therapy (CT)

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is one of the most scientifically supported therapies, and is based on the idea that thoughts, feelings and behaviours are interconnected. The cognitive part focuses on your thoughts and trying to generate more balanced thinking patterns, while the behavioural part focuses on changing what you do. Together the cognitive and behavioural changes can lead to less stress and a more fulfilling life. More recently, CBT has also included Mindfulness.

Cognitive Therapy (CT) focuses on how you think and how your thinking shapes what you do. Cognitive Therapy is concerned with the here and now rather than any early childhood experiences. By looking at the typical ways you think, and how those thoughts shape your feelings and interactions with others, we can help you identify thinking habits that are unhelpful and even destructive. We can also provide guidance on how to change thinking patterns so that you learn how to respond rather than react. CT is about getting out of old habits and more getting from life.

What does Cognitive Therapy look like in practice?

Cognitive Therapy has the following core elements:

  • Treatment planning: You and your therapist establish a problem list and develop a set of strategies to address those problems.

  • Homework tasks: By completing homework tasks you increase confidence and mastery.

  • Agenda setting: At the beginning of every session you and your therapist will agree on an agenda for that session to ensure best use of your session time.

What issues is Cognitive Therapy best at addressing?

Cognitive Therapy is the most widely used form of psychotherapy for depression and anxiety disorders. Recent research shows that cognitive therapy can also be used in conjunction with medication for bipolar disorder (manic depression) and schizophrenia.

Read more about Cognitive Therapy here.