What is CBT ? (Cognative Behavioural Therapy)
The underlying concept behind CBT is that our thoughts and feelings play a fundamental role in our behaviour.
People often experience thoughts or feelings that reinforce or compound faulty beliefs. Such beliefs can result in problematic behaviours that can affect numerous life areas, including family, romantic relationships, work, and academics. For example, a person suffering from low self-esteem might experience negative thoughts about his or her own abilities or appearance. As a result of these negative thinking patterns, the individual might start avoiding social situations or pass up opportunities for advancement at work or at school.
In order to combat these destructive thoughts and behaviours, a cognitive-behavioural therapist begins by helping the client to identify the problematic beliefs. Then together the client and the therapist focus on the actual behaviours that are contributing to the problem. The client begins to learn and practice new skills that can then be put into use in real-world situations. By progressively working toward a larger goal, the process seems less daunting and the goals easier to achieve.