Cognitive Therapy is based o the principle that thoughts and perceptions can impact our feelings and behaviour, and looks at ways to reassess negative thoughts so individuals can learn more flexible, positive ways of thinking that will subsequently influence behaviours and emotions.
Behind every decision that we make, big and small, simple and complicated, is a complex set of cognitive processes. While for many these processes happen naturally without any issues, for others a negative pattern of thinking will develop. If this is left to manifest, it can fuel mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.
Cognitive therapy involves the therapist working in collaboration with you to develop skills or identifying and replacing distorted thoughts and beliefs, ultimately changing the associated habitual behaviour towards them.
Cognitive therapy is usually focused on the present and is a problem-solving orientated treatment. It also takes on a skill-building approach, meaning that the therapist will help you to learn and practice skills independently so that you can continue to reap the benefits long after the sessions have ended.