CBT for Perfectionism
Perfectionism and CBT
Perfectionism is associated with elevated levels of stress, anxiety, depression, anger and a wide range of mental health problems. It is being described as a hidden epidemic. In our current culture striving to attain perfection has increased dramatically (due in part to social media), irrational ideals of the perfect self have become desirable in a world where performance, status and image are seen to define a person’s usefulness and value.
Trying to do everything perfectly is linked to all the should’s and musts an individual believes they need to fulfil for example I should complete 100% of my to do list, I must be the perfect partner, friend, student, employee, parent, I must look perfect in my Instagram pictures there are many more.
When these expectations are not met it results in self-criticism and a sense of failure. Broadly defined perfectionism is as a combination of excessively high personal standards and overly critical self-evaluations
CBT and Perfectionism
The Centre for CBT provides an innovative treatment approach in three steps
Step one – Learning to identify, evaluate, and modify negative automatic thoughts (cognitive distortions) and unhelpful behavioural patterns linked to perfectionism.
Step two – Education about the brain from a neuroscience perspective, allowing for a compassionate, advanced understanding of current difficulties.
Step three – Identifying, evaluating, and modifying multi-dimensional perfectionist beliefs in three areas self-orientated perfectionism, socially prescribed perfectionism, and other orientated perfectionism to reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and anger.
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.