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What's CBT?

CBT stands for cognitive behaviour therapy

With its initial origins in the treatment of depression, CBT  is now the most widely available form of talking cure.  The NHS has made a huge investment in recent years, training more than 10,000 CBT therapists, and for many it’s the therapy of choice for a growing range of mental health issues. 

Originating in 1960s, Aaron Beck was the first to discover that many of his patients’ unpleasant experiences resulted from their anxious inner commentary, rather than in their actual experiences.  He began training patients to adopt healthier thinking habits, and since then its applications have proliferated.  The behaviour part was from Albert Ellis' work in treating mental disturbances as learned behaviours, which can be un-learned by experience.  The two approaches merged to become CBT.

CBT broke new ground compared to the therapies it succeeded:  It’s much simpler, it focuses your attention on the future rather than the past, and gives you (rather than your therapist) full control of your own results.  From the beginning, its effectiveness has been rigorously measured, so there’s a wide body of evidence supporting its results. 

CBT places your assumptions and preconceptions in the spotlight.  It works best with a flexible, analytical mindset, and a willingness to examine your own though patterns and behaviour.   Blending with NLP widens the focus from the content of your thoughts to the process of how you’re doing it; reducing the need for extensive  self-analysis (and mostly eliminating the need for homwework!), so you can achieve breakthrough results even faster and more smoothly.

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