What is CBT?
Cognitive-Behavioural Psychotherapy (CBT) is a present-focused talking therapy supported by many years evidence-based scientific research. In CBT, we look at our problems by learning about the relationship between how we think about ourselves, our relationships with others and the world around us, and how this affects our emotions and what we do in response.
CBT is an active talking therapy whereby the focus is to help you get a better understanding of your difficulties so that we can find ways to help you cope with worry, anxiety or depression in your daily life. We also base our treatment on what you would like to gain from the sessions. What changes would you like to see by the end of the therapy? For example, what you like to be doing differently in your life? What would your life look like if you had better ways to cope with anxiety or depression?
Importantly, CBT is collaborative, whereby both client and therapist will put their heads together to find a shared understanding of the problem, to help someone to cope with and address these difficulties in their life. In CBT, you are ultimately you are the expert in your own life and experiences. Our aim in therapy is to help you to develop the understanding and skills to better manage your difficulties.
What is the relationship between CBT and Mindfulness?
Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy has integrated Mindfulness-Based approaches as it evolved in recent decades. ‘Third-wave’ CBT shifts focus to mindfulness, acceptance, and self-compassionate approaches to dealing with our life challenges, such as a racing mind or difficult, painful emotions. For example, traditional CBT focuses on reappraising our difficult thought processes to change what we feel, and what we do to keep the problem going in our daily lives.
Third wave approaches such as Compassion-Focused Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy instead seek to change our ‘relationship’ to difficult and unhelpful thoughts and emotions. Instead of seeking to change them we learn to relate to them in a new way by mindfully and compassionately accepting them as they are in the present moment. For example, instead of being pushed around by our thoughts we learn to step back from them and let them come and go of their own accord. We learn to see them as they truly are, that is ‘thoughts’ and not ‘facts’. In fact, ‘we’ are not our thoughts, they come and they go.
Through these approaches we learn to step-back and mindfully defuse from our difficult thoughts and emotions. We realise that they don’t need to overwhelm or define us, or hold us back from living a life worth-living or doing what truly matters to us.
“I have attended Cbt and mindfulness with Shirine for quite some time and the impact this has had on my life was something I was not expecting. Over the weeks and months I did cbt (cognitive behavioural therapy and also some mindfulness). Both aspects have changed my life for the better. Cbt gave me the tools to cope with aspects of life I struggled with and felt hopeless in repairing. Shirine has such a gentle approach where it feels more like your having a relaxed chat with a friend rather than a session. Cbt helped me gain control over my mind and return back to my true self. I have so much more knowledge about why I think and act the way I do, and this allows me to step back and realise what is happening and how I can go about a particular situation in a positive way. I use these simple techniques I have learned in my everyday life and couldn’t be more grateful for Shirine.
Who can benefit from CBT?
Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy consists of a broad spectrum of approaches and treatments to support individuals with a variety of life challenges. The aim at your initial session is to do an assessment to get a sense of what brings you therapy. From there, we can decide together the best treatment approach through a shared understanding of your difficulty.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy has clinically proven treatments for the following difficulties:
- General Anxiety (Excessive Worry)
- Social Anxiety
- Panic Attacks
- Low Sel-Esteem/Self Criticism
- Emotional Regulation
- Health Anxiety
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
One to one CBT sessions are available both online and in person. This is to ensure that all those interested can safely participate in a way that best suits their own personal circumstances. In person one to one sessions take place at MD Clinic, Watercourse Rd, Cork. The clinic is run adherence to HSE Guidance for Primary and Community Care Settings related to COVID-19.
Please do not hesitate to contact for more information.
Contact no: 086 840 3722