CBT helps you understand the link between your
thoughts, emotions and behaviour. This is important because
sometimes, when you talk about things that are difficult, you may
feel worse to begin with. It teaches you skills:
- to overcome these problematic thoughts, emotions and
- to find ways of overcoming negative thinking and challenging
unhelpful and inaccurate thoughts or beliefs.
CBT is not about thinking
CBT helps the way you feel to improve what you
think and what you do.
By being able to approach situations in a more
balanced way, you will hopefully be more effective in solving your
problems and feel more in control of your life.
If you are offered CBT, you will be expected to meet with your
therapist regularly. To help your therapist to understand
your difficulties, you will be asked to complete some
questionnaires or worksheets. These may be repeated
throughout your treatment. Your therapist will monitor how
you are getting on.
The therapist will help you
understand your problems and teach you ways of dealing with them.
You will be expected to practise them outside of your therapy (for
example, at school or college or at home). This means that
tasks or homework will be set at the end of the meeting. You
may be given worksheets to help remind you of what you need to
Why do I have to do
Unfortunately, you cannot
learn to ride a bike by reading a book. Any skill you want to
learn requires practise.
CBT will help you learn:
- how to overcome negative thoughts (she doesn’t like me)
- unhelpful behaviours (not going to the party)
- difficult emotions (feeling sad)
It is important to practise
the CBT skills you are taught for the following reasons:
- to be sure that you understand them;
- to check that you can use them when you need to (e.g. when you
are feeling upset about something);
- so that any problems you may have in using these skills can be
worked on in your therapy.
It’s not always easy to learn
new skills, so you will need lots of support from your therapist,