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.