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CBT it’s as easy as ABC…

The majority of my work with clients uses the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach.  This approach helps clients to recognise and understand where the unhelpful thoughts and feelings they have come from (and how to change them).  It was developed by Arron T. Beck in the 1970’s and has a large research evidence base to support it’s continued use for things like Anxiety, OCD, Phobias, Depression and others.

CBT uses several tools to do this, but the first one (usually) is called “Learning our ABC’s”.

Learning your ABC's

A is the “activating event”, which can be a thought or emotion as well as something happening in the world.  It could be a worry about the future or a past memory.

B is the “belief”, that is our attitude and beliefs about that activating event.

C are the “consequences”.  This is whatever results, which could be an emotional response, taking or not taking some action.  It can also include physical responses.  For example, in the case of OCD this may be engaging in some compulsive behaviour or, for anxiety, it may include a racing heart, sweaty palms and so on.

By learning to make the connections between your ABC’s we can begin to work to together to understand the nature of the issues and develop a plan to address them.

Typically CBT will take between 4 and 7 sessions, depending on the exact nature of the issue to be looked at.

If you would like more information or to make a free initial appointment please contact me.

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