CBT Edinburgh
Sarah Lawson Cognitive Behavioural Therapy


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

How can CBT help you?

The theory of CBT is that during times of mental distress the way a person sees themself and the things that happen to them alters. Their altered thinking affects how they feel and also alters how they behave.

Perception of day to day events can become distorted and viewed as extreme and unhelpful. This can worsen how the person feels and causes them to act in ways that keep their distress going. This cycle can be seen in the diagram below.

CBT diagram

As a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist...

I aim to work jointly with you to help you identify and then change your unhelpful thinking and behaviour. As you learn to do this, you will notice a significant improvement in how you feel and how you live your day to day life.

CBT focuses on problems and difficulties in the ‘here and now’ and looks for ways to improve your state of mind. We may look at issues from your childhood however, as these often determine patterns of behaviour in adult life.

Your rate of recovery depends on your commitment to making changes in your life outside the counselling sessions. Change is hard but the skills you will learn can be of lifelong benefit.

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