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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Near
St. Albans and Hemel Hempstead

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy offered at the Life Change Wellbeing Clinic aims to help you change the way that you think, feel and behave. CBT deals with the 'here and now', finding solutions to change your current thoughts and behaviours. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is solution focused and aims to be a rapid form of treatment. Paul Allenby has gained a wealth of experience helping clients with anxiety, stress, depression, panic attacks, anger management and alcohol abuse.

Cognitive Therapy: Our 'cognitive processes' are our thoughts which include our ideas, mental images, beliefs and attitudes. Cognitive therapy is based on the principle that certain ways of thinking can trigger, or 'fuel', certain health problems. For example, anxiety, depression, phobias, etc.

I will help you to understand your current thought patterns. You will learn how your current negative thought patterns affect your current behaviours In particular, to identify any harmful, unhelpful, and 'false' ideas or thoughts which you have that can trigger your current problem, or those negative thoughts that make it worse. The aim is then to help you change your ways of thinking to avoid these ideas.

Behavioural therapy: This aims to change any behaviours that are harmful or not helpful. Various techniques are used. For example, a common unhelpful behaviour is to avoid situations that can make you anxious. In some people with phobias the avoidance can become extreme and affect day-to-day life. Here, a type of behavioural therapy called 'exposure therapy' may be used. This is where you are gradually exposed more and more to feared situations. I will teach you, in the case of anxiety, how to control anxiety and to cope when you face up to feared situations.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: This is a mixture of cognitive and behavioural therapies. They are often combined because how we behave often reflects how we think about certain things or situations. The emphasis on cognitive or behavioural aspects of therapy can vary, depending on the condition being treated. For example, there is often more emphasis on behavioural therapy when treating obsessive compulsive disorder (where repetitive compulsive actions are a main problem). On the other hand, the emphasis may be more on cognitive therapy when treating depression.

What Is The Difference Between Cognitive Behavioural Therapy And Other Talking Treatments?

CBT is one type of counselling, talking treatment. Unlike other types of counselling it does not involve 'talking freely', or recalling events in your past to gain insight into your emotional state of mind.

CBT tends to deal with the 'here and now' - how your current thoughts and behaviours are affecting you now. CBT recognises that events in your past have shaped the way that you currently think and behave, in particular, thought patterns and behaviours learned in childhood, However, the cognitive behavioural therapy part of your treatment does not dwell on the past, but aims to find solutions to how to change your current thoughts and behaviours so that you can function better in the future.

Cognitive behavioural therapy is different to counselling which is meant to be non-directive, empathic and supportive. Although I of course, offer support and empathy as part of your treatment, the therapy has a structure, is problem-focused and practical and aims to get you functioning in a more positive way and for you to learn how to start to solve your own problems.

Cognitive behavioural therapy at the Life Change Wellbeing Clinic is very effective in treating an array of conditions including; anxiety, depression, panic attacks, anger issues, alcohol abuse, stress, confidence and can be used when helping with weight loss and to stop smoking. Please click the links at the top of the page to get more information on the treatment you're seeking help for.