CBT (Cognitinve Behaviour Therapy)
The type of therapy Vanbilsenhelp offers is inspired by Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).
CBT is a problem- focused psychological therapy for many types of emotional, behavioural and psychological problems. CBT treatment is essentially a collaborative and individualised program that helps people to identify unhelpful thoughts and behaviours and learn or relearn healthier ways of dealing with the complexities, challenges and suffering of everyday life.
CBT is not a ‘magic wand’ therapy! It is very much a therapy in which you will learn new skills to do life with more enjoyment and less problems.
Both Henck and Lynne can provide individual cognitive behaviour therapy sessions. Lynne specialises in problems with anxiety, depression and couples/family problems. Henck is experienced in helping people with more longstanding and chronic problems.
The benefits of CBT
CBT is a problem focused approach. You will decide which problems you want to focus on and which goals you want to achieve. With your therapist (=me) you will decide whether the therapy we do brings improvement (= makes the problems less and the goals closer). In other words, you are in charge of your recovery and your therapy. I am merely the guide and coach, with the aim of helping you to become your own best therapist!
Does CBT work?
CBT is one of the most established and researched psychological therapies for psychological problems. For many problems, such as anxiety and depression, there is a wealth of research evidence demonstrating efficacy. The results of CBT are long-term, and people can keep using what is learned in therapy to approach other problems in life.
A by-product of working with a CBT therapist is often that people understand themselves better. As a result of working with a CBT therapist people are able to consider psychological causes of problems; and are able to be actively involved in improving their lives, so it can be lived to the full.
What can people expect from CBT?
In a broad sense, as its name suggests, CBT involves both 'cognitive therapy' and 'behaviour therapy'. Cognitive therapy focuses on an individual's pattern of thinking while behaviour therapy looks at associated actions. When combined, these two approaches provide a very powerful method to help overcome a wide range of emotional and behavioural problems in children, adolescents and adults. One of the strengths of CBT is that it aims not just to help people overcome the symptoms that they are currently experiencing, but it also aims to teach the person new skills and strategies that they can apply to future problems. It focuses on the 'here and now' whilst developing an understanding of past styles of thinking and behaviour that have developed over time.
CBT examines all elements that maintain a problem, including how our thoughts (cognitions), feelings, behaviour and the environment contribute to maintaining the problems. It is a structured therapy, which involves a partnership between the client and therapist. The client is fully involved in planning the treatment and the therapist will always let the client know what is happening. Usually therapy starts with a thorough assessment to find out what caused the problems and what maintains them. Each session will involve discussion, explanation and practice of skills and techniques. Often clients will be required to practice those techniques in between sessions.
What can people expect at a first session?
In the first session, a cognitive behaviour therapist should:
• Start with a thorough assessment - you will be asked about past experiences and treatment to better understand the nature of the difficulties for which treatment is being sought.
• Give an opportunity to tell them anything you think is relevant to your issue.
• Explain the basis of cognitive behaviour therapy and how it works
• Explain what can be expected from therapy
• Give an idea of how long you will need to see them - the number of sessions varies with the type of difficulties being treated.
• A discussion on the treatment plan including goals and ways to monitor progress happens after the assessment is completed.
What can people expect in future sessions?
CBT is a well-planned therapy focused on outcomes. There are a range of techniques and styles in CBT, but regardless of their approach, each session your therapist should:
• Give an opportunity to tell them what has happened since the last session
• Explain what will happen during that session
• Measure and keep clients informed about progress
• Give time to practise any new skills and ask any questions during the session
What can people expect in between sessions?
CBT is an active therapy - sometimes described as a 'doing therapy' rather than a 'talking therapy'. So, individuals will be expected to be active participants in their own therapy. This means that clients can expect to be fully involved in sessions and to develop with therapist some tasks to practice in between sessions. Sometimes these tasks are called 'homework'.
How long does therapy take?
A typical CBT program could last anywhere between 5 and 40 weeks depending on the problem, the client and the therapist. In some cases, an improvement may occur in just a few weeks; however, it might take longer if problem is very entrenched.