What is CBT?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based therapy that is widely used in the treatment of mental health difficulties. CBT is interested in the interaction between your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and behaviour.
The aim of CBT is to help you identify negative thinking patterns and unhelpful behaviours that can trap you into a vicious cycle. CBT aims to change these negative patterns in order to improve the way you feel.
What can CBT treat?
CBT can help with a wide range of difficulties such as, but not limited to:
What can I expect from CBT sessions?
Following your enquiry, an initial, free-of- charge telephone assessment will be conducted by a therapist in order to assess your needs and answer any questions you may have about the processes or about the individual counsellor or psychotherapist. Following this, an appointment will be made with the appropriate therapist. However, depending on the nature of the problem, you may be advised to book an appointment with one of our psychiatrists first, before starting therapy.
If CBT is recommended for your difficulties, you can expect between 5-20 weekly sessions lasting 30-60 minutes. The therapist will conduct an initial assessment to discuss your current problems and set goals on what you would like to change through therapy. CBT mainly focusses on problems in the present. However, it is useful to explore how past experience plays a role in the present.
During your sessions, you will work collaboratively with the therapist to explore and challenge negative thinking patterns and behaviour that may be maintaining your distress. You will become equipped with coping strategies that can change the way you feel and respond to situations in the future. CBT is an active form of therapy that guides you to become your own therapist. You are often given tasks to complete between your sessions in order to facilitate your recovery.
See one of our Psychologists in Dubai at the Psychiatry and Therapy Center.