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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

by Gabrielle on February 3, 2011

Are you interested in understanding more about cognitive Behavioural therapy?   Read this article for an expert explanation.

What Is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

CBT is a method of psychotherapeutic treatment founded on the idea that by changing the way a person thinks you can change the way he/she behaves.  In a CBT session the therapist analyzes your thought patterns based on interview questions.   And then the therapist gives you suggestions for replacing specific unsupportive thoughts with those that can make you feel better.

For example, let’s say you have a fear of public speaking, every time you need to do it you freeze up and can’t go through with it.   A CBT therapist will look for the thoughts attached to this behavior and try to replace them.   The therapist might find out that one of your thoughts is “I’m not good enough to speak here” and tells you to replace it  with the thought,  “I am well prepared and can do this.”

Is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Effective?

A good amount of research shows that CBT is relatively effective for producing change.    The problem is that for a majority of people this change is temporary and relapse into old behaviours is common. Also fairly common is that a CBT client develops a similar symptom in another area of /his/her life.   For example you may overcome your fear of public speaking through CBT but develop a fear of socializing in groups.

In my opinion this  is because CBT only treats symptoms and leaves the underlying issues that cause them  unaddressed.   The difficulty arises in treating people as symptoms rather than as whole, complex individuals with distinct psycho-dynamics.

What Are The  Alternatives To Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

Because of the limitations of rigid approach of CBT, other types of therapy hold promise for effecting long lasting and profound change at a core level.   Here are the most widely used ones:

  • Traditional psychoanalysis which can involve years of  sessions.
  • Person-centered psychotherapy which focuses on the person rather than the symptom and works toward deep changes.

How I Work With Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Although I see the limitations of CBT clearly there are times in my practice that I use some of its tools to help people move on from unhelpful thoughts.  I use this form of therapy as a complementary tool to the person-centered approach that forms the foundation of my practice. I find that focusing on the individual with his/her unique inner dynamics while staying open to moments where CBT is exactly the right tool gives my clients a better chance at creating deep and lasting change for themselves.

I work with people from all over the world.   Through the power of internet communications you and your partner can easily receive professional counselling no matter where you are.

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Person Centered Therapy – Understanding What It Is

by Gabrielle on January 31, 2011

What is Person Centered Therapy?

Person Centered Therapy is a unique type of psychotherapy that is becoming increasingly popular as a way to facilitate profound change in people.  The core values of this approach include:
  • Unconditional acceptance of the client by the therapist
  • Empathy and understanding
  • Trust in our inborn nature toward growth and change for the better
  • Viewing the client as a complex individual and not as a symptom.
Within the field of psychology, person centered therapy is accredited and valued as one of the major psychotherapeutic approaches.  In many places in Europe it is now covered by insurance.  And it also beginning to gain popularity in the U.S. and other developed countries as well.

How Is Person Centered Therapy Different From Other Approaches To Psychotherapy?

Person centered therapy is highly individualized, seeing each person as he or she is in the moment.  The focus is on the “person” and no on their “issue.”  For this reason, this  approach is much more flexible than other models.   Person centered therapy is neither directive nor invasive but rather offers a space for self exploration and growth. The therapist is not seen so much as an all knowing expert who tells you what to do, but instead is a facilities who helps you discover for yourself who you are, what’s important for you, what the best way to deal things is for you.

How Can Person Centered Therapy Help?

The first thing that you notice in a  session is that the therapist mirrors your own thoughts and concerns back to you with a lack of judgment.    As you share, the therapist will listen empathically and reflect your circumstances back to you in a way that will help you understand them better.   By becoming aware of these circumstances, gently and with kindness, you begin to deepen your understanding of how you work.   Often you may discover new things about yourself and also:
  • Find that your issue is not all that “serious”
  • Gain a lightness and insight into how you work
  • Feel less alone with your “issue” or problem
Through cultivating your own awareness, profound changes in behavior and life quality are possible while issues are resolved with the least effort possible.

Why I Use A Person Centered Therapy Approach

Although I am trained in a variety of psychotherapeutic approaches, I do prefer person focused therapy for a variety of reasons.  First, I feel much more comfortable in approaching my clients in a completely non-judgmental and empathic way.   This allows me to see him/her as a complete and complex whole instead of as a series of “symptoms.” Second, I simply find that person centered therapy is the most effective of all approaches for facilitating profound and long term change. I believe that this is because the changes created come from within each client and are not imposed from the outside.    In that way, person centered therapy is also the friendliest approach to overcoming issues and obstacles.
Now, I invite you to contact me to discover how we can work together for common good and growth.   I work both online and in person.

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