Cognitive Therapy

This was on my mind today. Since I was a child, I was always aware I struggled emotionally, although I didn’t know my emotional struggles were part of a disability I didn’t know I had.

I have been in different types of therapy. My website is also a platform for me to talk about my experiences, the things that matter to me, anything and everything that will help me and others too bring about a better quality of life and it works.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (“CBT”) is something I want to share and explain in more detail. It’s based on the idea that how we think about situations can affect the way we feel and behave. If we begin to interpret a situation in a negative way then we will feel negative, our emotions will take a knock and lead us to behave a certain way.

CBT is a treatment that focuses on our thoughts and attitude and how those affect our feelings and behaviour. CBT then teaches us coping skills for dealing with the different problems. It combines cognitive (examining the things we think) and behaviour therapy (examining the things we do).

As part of CBT, it’s not unusual for therapists to include breathing exercises, visualisation, meditation and mindfulness as part of Cognitive therapy. Cognitive therapy cannot address issues or wider problems with families who will often have a significant impact on an individual’s health and wellbeing.

But we support ourselves through the process. The difficulties with CBT are that it only addresses current problems and specific issues. Any underlying mental health issues as part of an unhappy childhood are not addressed in CBT sessions.

Cognitive therapy also focuses on the individual’s capacity to be able to change themselves, through their thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Through the process, we must connect with our lives in a way that will effect change.

I do well through the process but there’s a part of me that may always struggle because the 70% of my brain that’s damaged, deals with my emotions. I have found this form of therapy to be the most effective.


26 Nov, 2018

4 thoughts on “Cognitive Therapy

  1. I have heard of CBT but I have also been dealing with another thing called DBT which I had always thought was more for people with Borderline Personality Disorder, but actually has more to do with life skills.

    I haven’t really studied the differences between the two, but I imagine that’s something I should get around to very soon, so that I can understand the differences.

    People have no idea what it’s like to deal with the issues that we deal with, unless they have to deal with those themselves that is what it comes down to.

    What I have learned over the past 6 months or so, is that the only person I can really change is myself. I can’t change anyone else and the way they think, so I need to give up even trying.

    1. Thanks Randy. Sadly, I haven’t heard of DBT. Any form of therapy is there to help us find ways to cope. I hope it’s helpful Randy.

      For us to be able to cope, we must understand our experiences and with the right tools through therapy, we can elicit change.

      I agree though that unless we walk in another person’s shoes we can never know what they deal with.

  2. I have heard about CBT but don’t know much about it. I guess all that matters is that it helps.

    If it helps an individual cope better in situations which have caused anxiety or stress then it is a very useful tool, for you especially in view of the extent of your brain damage.

    1. Yes, thank you I find this particular therapy helps well because I deal with anxiety. But with any form of counselling we must put in the work to find ways through, so that we can deal with our issues.

      Therapists are there to help give us the tools, but it must be us who elicit the change.

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