Cognitive Behavioural Therapy For Depression
Have you ever wondered why some people are day to day happier, more content and more fulfilled than others? This is because these people have grasped the principles of emotional well being, whilst others remain disadvantaged because they have never really understood the extent to which emotions play a part in our thought processes. Simply:
- Our thoughts create our beliefs
- Our beliefs create our attitude
- Our attitude creates our feelings [emotions and well being]
- Our feelings determine our action
Since beliefs do not in fact require something to be true, it's easy to see where this process can go wrong. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy involves encouraging clients to challenge unfounded, unhelpful or obsessive thoughts, by replacing them with more realistic, considered and tested alternatives The exciting truth is, that if you can change your thoughts, then you can change your world. Indeed the reality is, that if you can not change your thoughts, you can not change anything. Thankfully with practice, we can all change our thinking habits. The important thing is to become conscious of choices.
CBT is based on the belief that, unhealthy ways of thinking contribute to depression and psychological disorder, because our self-critical and negative assumptions cause us to misinterpret situations, over react, personalise, take offence - when non is intended and finally, to withdraw. If you tell yourself to stop feeling low, anxious or angry, without at the same time understanding the thought processes behind these habits, you will soon step back into your old mental 'programme'. Taking responsibility and learning to recognise and master your responses, is a step towards emotional freedom - not away from it. Reconnecting with what's really important to you requires a commitment to trust yourself. This is not an unpleasant experience, but a life-changing, spiritual, intellectual and emotional transformation.