Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as practised here at The Paloma Centre in Banbury aims to align more positively the way that you think (Cognitive) about yourself and the world around you and to consequently affect the way that you behave (Behavioural) towards yourself and others, thereby leading to a more acceptable way of your experiencing life (Therapy).

CBT is a very practical therapy that focuses on the "here and now" rather than looking in the past for the cause of your concern as do other "talking therapies".

We all see the world differently and, as a result, we therefore think about and react to it differently. The way that we think about the world around us determines the way that we “feel” about it and those feelings generate emotions in us. These emotions then dictate the way in which we behave in, or react to, the world. Where those feelings are negative they will give rise to equally negative emotions and negative ways of thinking about the world. This way of thinking can become habitual and thereby limit our enjoyment of life.

CBT aims to break the vicious circle of habitual negative thinking (or jumping to conclusions) which resultantly improves our emotive responses and which in turn leads to a more positive mental attitude, outlook and lifestyle. CBT provides you with a new, more constructive way of thinking about your concerns which also makes you self sufficient in dealing with them.

CBT has been found to be particularly helpful with:

Anxiety
Depression
Panic attacks
Agoraphobia and other phobias
Eating disorders
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

The NHS has recently announced an interest in using CBT more extensively for the treatment of Anxiety and Depression in particular. Hitherto these conditions would have been dealt with primarily through the use of pharmaceuticals such as anti-depressants alone.

CBT can be used either as a stand-alone therapy or in conjunction with other therapies and techniques such as Hypnotherapy, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) to provide a more holistic approach to your concerns.

UKCP training requirements ensure that registered therapists are familiar and practised with the theories, processes and techniques of this highly effective therapy.