What is CBT and how can it help me

An approach to treatment that allows you to recognise unhelpful and negative thoughts and behaviours, CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) is regarded to be one of the most trusted sources of psychotherapy.

The purpose of CBT is to allow you to identify your thoughts and emotions, and how they in turn can have an effect on your actions.

Once you’re able to highlight and explore these patterns, you can learn how to channel your thoughts in a more helpful, positive manner. Unlike other therapies, CBT does not focus on your past – the focus is on positive changes moving forwards with your life.

You might well have questions about therapy – what is CBT? How can CBT help you? If you have questions about CBT, and other types of therapies Asana Lodge offer, why not get in touch with us today? We can guide you through the process during CBT and what to expect during therapy.

We can be contacted via 01908 489421, and we’re available for your call twenty-four hours a day. We can tell you more about our therapies, the treatments that we offer, provide you with treatment options and help you to identify the best ways to achieve a short-term and long-term recovery.


Common CBT techniques

CBT is primarily based on the assertion that your actions, emotions and thoughts are all connected. To simplify, the way you feel and think about something will affect how you behave.

For instance, if you’re experiencing stress in the workplace, then you will likely have a different perspective on some situations and as a consequence, make choices that you ordinarily wouldn’t. The key concept behind CBT is that these behaviours and thought patterns can be altered.

Negative or inaccurate thoughts or perceptions will make a contribution to mental health concerns and emotional distress. As a result of these thoughts, and the distress that they cause, harmful behaviours can develop. Over time, these resulting behaviours and thoughts develop into a cycle that is constantly repeating itself.

CBT will help to address and then change these patterns – this allows you to deal with problems as and when they happen. This in turn reduces the possibility of any future distress.


What can CBT treat?

CBT is one of the traditional therapies that we offer, and is administered in both individual therapy and group therapy basis. Asana Lodge will help you to determine the most appropriate treatment options for your circumstances.

There are numerous mental health conditions that CBT can help with. This includes Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), schizophrenia, anxiety disorders and substance misuse.

CBT can also assist with non-mental health problems, such as grief or loss, overcoming a significant health diagnosis, for example a cancer diagnosis, or relationship issues such as a breakup or a divorce.

Asana Lodge offer a wide variety of services, including interventions, the NAD+ therapy that we offer in our rehab clinic, family therapy and relapse prevention and we offer a comprehensive admission process to ensure your treatment can begin as quickly as possible.


What are the benefits of CBT Therapy?

CBT allows the use of SMART goals. These goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-Limited. This allows you to set goals to help you to work towards and can drive people on to have a better life upon completion of CBT.

CBT also allows you to take part in journaling. This gives you the opportunity to make a note of negative thoughts that occur during your week, and to put them alongside positive thoughts that you can replace the negative thoughts with.

By undertaking CBT, you are also encouraged to take part in daily positive activities. You will be encouraged to take part in a rewarding activity daily. This helps to increase your overall mood and increase your levels of positivity.

Self-talk is another benefit of CBT. Your therapist will ask you to talk about a situation or experience and encourage you to replace all critical and negative self-talk with constructive and compassionate self-talk that should induce a more positive mindset.


Why choose CBT therapy?

CBT provides an opportunity for you to discuss your negative thoughts and get them out in the open. Many people suffering with conditions that necessitate CBT are hesitant to talk openly about their problems, often feeling a sense of embarrassment or shame.

It also provides a clear path forwards, as CBT does not look into your past, it provides an opportunity to look forwards with a fresh new mindset.

CBT is not a cure, and you will need to continue to work on your mentality upon completion of your treatment, but CBT allows you to learn and enhance skills that will help you to overcome difficulties by yourself when issues arise.

Many people view CBT as training to help administer their own therapy to themselves.


Signs that someone needs to go to Therapy

Recognising the signs and symptoms that someone needs to go to therapy is important, as people experiencing extreme symptoms may not recognise that they need help. Someone who needs to seek help are people who are experiencing:

  • Suicidal thoughts or wanting to self harm;
  • Feel unable to perform even the most basic daily tasks;
  • Have suffered severe personality changes in a short period of time;
  • Do not look after their personal hygiene;
  • Have distanced themselves from friends and family;
  • Are suddenly experiencing financial difficulties.

If you recognise any of these symptoms, it could be time to seek assistance and Asana Lodge are ideally placed to help.

We offer rehabilitation treatment options that include important elements such as CBT, other therapies and detoxification in order to help you to fully overcome the difficulties that you are experiencing.

We can provide help to people from all over the country, and if you feel you need assistance, why not call us today? Our helplines are manned 24 hours a day and we are ready for your call and to provide you with a no obligation consultation.


John Gillen - Author - Last Updated: 16 July 2021

John has travelled extensively around the world, culminating in 19 years’ experience looking at different models. He is the European pioneer of Nad+ (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide) treatment to Europe in 2010; and recently back from the USA bringing state of the art Virtual Reality Relapse Prevention and stress reduction therapy. his passion extends to other metabolic disturbances and neurodegenerative diseases.

The journey continues, in recent times john has travelled to Russia to study and research into a new therapy photobiomudulation or systemic laser therapy working with Nad+ scientists and the very best of the medical profession in the UK and the USA, together with Nadcell, Bionad Clinics own select Doctors, nurses, dieticians and therapists, Johns’ passion continues to endeavour to bring to the UK and Europe new developments with Nad+ therapy in preventive and restorative medicine and Wellness. In 2017 John Gillen was made a visiting Professor at the John Naisbitt university in Belgrade Serbia.

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