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. CBT will help you discover skills
- How to understand your individual problem
more, as you’re the expert in your problem.
- Identify links between your thoughts,
emotions and behaviour.
- Arrive at an individualised formulation to
what is keeping the problem going.
- Try out different ways to problem solve
CBT is not about thinking more positively as
thoughts are not facts.
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 agree CBT is the right treatment for you, 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 progress within treatment will be
monitored and discussed with you on a regular basis, as your views
The therapist will help you understand your problems and help
you discover ways of dealing with them. You will be encouraged 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 do.
Why do I have to do homework?
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,
It is very important that
parents are actively involved in their child’s therapy. What we ask
is parents to be part of the therapy 'co therapists' with a shared
understanding of the problem, clear understanding and belief in the
therapy, shared goals, to help parents understand the formulation
and maintenance of the problem but not to blame, to be part of the
treatment experiments, monitor progress, understand confidentiality
and privacy of the sessions.