Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

We have a new clinical psychologist in our area who practises cognitive behavioural therapy.

What is CBT? (Click on the link to find out more)

It is a way of talking about:

  • How you think about yourself, the world and other people
  • How what you do affects your thoughts and feelings.

CBT can help you to change how you think ("Cognitive") and what you do ("Behaviour)". These changes can help you to feel better. Unlike some of the other talking treatments, it focuses on the "here and now" problems and difficulties. Instead of focussing on the causes of your distress or symptoms in the past, it looks for ways to improve your state of mind now.

The site in includes links to Free online CBT resources.

This type of therapy is supposedly sometimes more effective than medication and takes from 6weeks to 6 months to work.

I have been interested in studying Educational Psychology. After my first year of studying Education the psychology sections was not really what I expected and my interest died - that was over 11 years ago. Starting to rethink that now.
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