Is CBT Effective?

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that helps to break down problems you are experiencing into smaller parts so you can reduce feelings of overwhelm and tackle the problem effectively.

When delivered by an experienced and skilled therapist (such as those at Newcastle Psychologist & Counselling), we become able to understand how our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours affect our emotional state and can contribute or exacerbate problems such as depression, anxiety, trauma, anger and even physical pain.

By becoming more aware of any negative or unhelpful thought patterns through CBT, we can learn to challenge these thought patters, particularly with the support of a trained CBT counsellor, to improve the way we feel and overcome our difficulties.

But how does this happen? Here are some of the ways in which CBT can help you overcome problems:

Providing Specialist CBT Therapist Support

When we try to tackle adverse situations or difficulties without any outside help, it is easy to feel isolated and overwhelmed. This can make problems hard to handle alone or can even make us feel worse.

Clients that see us for face-to-face CBT in Newcastle (and similarly for online CBT) report that our therapists are able to help them to overcome their difficulties in a compassionate and non-judgemental yet practical way.

By initially finding support in challenging how your thoughts relate to your experiences, CBT can help you feel more confident and manage day-to-day in your daily life.

Developing Effective Coping Skills

CBT helps you learn to let go of negative thoughts by teaching you how to challenge your negative thoughts in the moment, therefore helping you to develop healthier thinking patterns that are based on reality rather than cognitive bias.

These cognitive coping skills are not just applicable to specific, individual situations, but can also be applied to other problems you might have in the future too.

By practising some of the thought challenging or other cognitive-behavioural therapy techniques, you will be able to overcome any problems that might affect your mood or cause problems with your emotional state, and manage better in day to day life at home, at work, and in your relationships.

Developing More Positivity & Overcoming Challenges

Since CBT helps you to learn to replace negative thoughts with more helpful ways of thinking, our perception of situations, relationships and the way we feel can change, and we can learn to deal with problems more objectively.

A lot of anxious thoughts revolve around “What if…?” statements (for example, “What if I fail?”, “What if they say…?”, “What if they don’t like me?”) which often generate an extra level of stress and distress.

When coupled with “catastrophising” (another type of cognitive bias that is looked at in CBT), we can often fall into a spiral of negativity that affects our mood, emotional state but also our ability to be effective in day to day life.

By being able to notice and challenge these thoughts with one of our CBT Therapists in Newcastle (or with an online CBT Therapist), we can learn to overcome negative thinking, and deal with problems in a more balanced way.

For More Information on CBT

CBT is proven as one of the most effective forms of therapy for a range of problems, as it gives you the ability to challenge your negative thoughts, feelings and behaviours that can lead to a range of emotional problems.

All of our psychologists, counsellors and CBT Therapists are experienced and fully trained in delivering the best quality therapy in Newcastle and online.

If you feel that seeing one of our CBT Therapists in Newcastle (or online) would be helpful, contact us using the box below, or call us on 07966645198 to speak to a member of the team today

Dr Stuart Sadler (Chartered Psychologist)

Best wishes,

Dr Stuart Sadler

Lead Clinical Psychologist

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