We may not have complete control over our environments and situations, but we have the power to regulate our thoughts and behaviours. This can lead to a positive change in the way we feel about our external circumstances.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that aims to improve a person’s state of well-being. It works by identifying and modifying the negative patterns of thought and behaviours. CBT recognizes that a person’s thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and actions are interconnected, and that the distress experienced in any of the links will create a ripple effect in the chain. CBT is based on the idea that an event has no meaning until a person attaches his or her own to it.
Negative thoughts and emotions towards events can interfere with a person’s ability to look from different angles, and in the long run, creates a vicious cycle of being trapped in old patterns of unhelpful reactions.
During a CBT session, your therapist will work with you by breaking down your challenges into the separate links (thoughts, behaviour etc.). Next, under the guidance of your clinician, you will be guided to reflect upon the unhelpful thinking patterns and behaviours and its effects on your intra- and interpersonal relationships. Your therapist will then work with you in identifying changes that you feel confident in making, and putting them into action as you go about with your daily life. Lastly, you and your therapist will discuss and review of your progress.
“We cannot choose our external circumstances, but we can always choose how we respond to them.” ―