CBT for Depression
Depression and CBT
Depression sufferers have an overall negative view of themselves, the world outside them, and what is likely to happen to them in the future. These beliefs are called ‘thinking errors’.
CBT was developed by Aaron T. Beck in the 1960’s to first lessen the symptoms associated with depression. By first identifying these thinking errors and then standing back in the position of observer to reality test these negative thoughts as hypotheses, rather than accepting them as facts. Then alternative ways of thinking can be substituted for the original negative automatic thoughts which are more balanced, and reflect the persons experience more accurately.
As an information processing model clients are shown that it is not what they experience but how they interpret it which determines how they are.
The Goals of CBT
The purpose of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is to first identify thoughts and beliefs by self monitoring and education to raise self awareness and understanding of the relationship between thoughts feelings and behaviours.
Cognitive therapy is a short term, here and now approach which can help you eliminate the symptoms associated with depression. It will improve your present coping strategies and give you more effective ways to improve your mood. Through this your moods will be more easy for you to control.
Through CBT you can see that the negativity of your thoughts, although appearing valid, are probably not formed by accurate perception of what is real but are usually distorted. At the Centre for Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy we use a holistic approach which includes diet and nutrition, exercise and relaxation techniques, aromatherapy, massage, breathing techniques, and a battery of visualisation and imagery work. There is a great emphasis on psycho-educational training to help clients use both sides of the bicameral mind.
The neuroscientist M.Choudhary in his Reith Lectures 2005 emphasised that the future would include an integration of both hemispheres of the brain (the low arousal goal within goal left side of the brain and the imaginative take it as it comes, ‘smell the roses’ right half of the mind).
Daniel Pink in his new book ‘The Whole Mind’ states that the creative right brain problem solver is the one that will be in demand for his original lateral thinking.
Virtual Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Convenient, private and secure
Online Therapy is available to anyone, anywhere in the world at home or in the office using a tablet, mobile phone or laptop / computer and a good internet connection.
This service would appeal to client's for a variety of reasons.
- Clients location would make it difficult / impossible to access Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy.
- Clients time-pressure, work deadlines, and work-based travel make it difficult to commit for the normal counselling time-scale.
- Clients family commitments make it easier to have treatment on-line at home.
- Clients prefer an initial face to face assessment, and then combine both treatment modalities.