Psychotherapy is a general term used to describe the process involved in the treatment of a range of mental health problems. It is based on a talk-therapy method, involving evidence-based strategies and tools. There are different approaches to Psychotherapy including, psychoanalysis, behaviour therapy, cognitive therapy, humanistic therapy, and integrative / holistic therapy. It is essentially based on the interaction between the therapist and the patient with the aim of helping the patient change any undesired negative emotions, behaviours or thoughts that are affecting their lives.
Psychotherapies have been used in the successful treatment of trauma, loss, depression, anxiety, and a range of other mental health problems. It can be used in combination with other therapeutic approaches or medication.
Research shows that participants in psychotherapy experience an elimination or decrease in their problematic symptoms and an increase in positive emotions, behaviours, and thoughts.
The relationship between therapist and patient is a collaborative one.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy change the way you think and the way you behave with the objective to manage any psychological problems you may have. CBT helps you identify unhealthy negative thoughts and behaviours and replaces them with positive ones.
CBT is effective in the treatment of a range of mental health issues like, depression, anxiety disorders, addiction, relationship issues, weight issues, food disorders and stress management. Extensive research on CBT suggests that it is as effective as and, in some cases, more effective than other forms of therapy or psychiatric medications. The methods and strategies used in CBT are supported by scientific evidence that indicate that they do produce change in patients.
The core principles of CBT include:
Understanding that Unhelpful ways of thinking are linked to psychological problems
Understanding that learned patterns of unhelpful behaviour are linked to psychological problems
Knowing that an individual can learn better ways of coping with psychological problems that will relieve their symptoms and improve their daily functioning.
CBT involves efforts to change thinking patterns
CBT involves efforts to change behavioural patterns.
CBT is an alliance between patient and therapist that is built on trust and focused on change.