Why CBT is known as ‘A Therapy of the Here and Now’
According to one of the originators of CBT, Aaron T. Beck; in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, the therapist begins by identifying the client’s current thinking patterns that are playing a role in the maintenance of problematic emotions and behaviours. The treatment for most clients involves a strong focus on current problems and specific situations that are distressing to the client. Resolution and/or a more accurate evaluation of these situations usually lead to symptom reduction.
The therapist, therefore, is usually inclined to begin therapy with an analysis of ‘here and now’ (i.e. current) problems. Focus might shift to the past only under certain circumstances: e.g. when the client expresses a strong desire to do so; when work geared toward current problems produces little or no cognitive, behavioural, and emotional change; or when the therapist feels that it is important to understand how and when significant dysfunctional ideas originated in order to better understand how these ideas affect the client today.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is known for being a present-centred, problem-focused, and collaborative form of therapy. While therapists do not discount the developmental issues surrounding the client’s problem (e.g., childhood experiences), our goal is to assist the client in identifying and changing that which is presently maintaining the problem. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy theory reasons that our emotions and behaviours are simply the product of our “cognitions”, or thoughts, concerning our beliefs about ourselves, the world, and other people. These thoughts directly affect how we interpret and assess what happens to us, how we feel about these events, and how we should respond to them. As an experienced therapist; I’m happy to explain in greater detail how Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can assist with various behavioural difficulties. Sessions for CBT are currently available in my Highgate Practice.
The cognitive behavioural ‘model’ proposes that distorted or dysfunctional thinking (which influences our moods and behaviour) is common to all psychological disturbances. Realistic evaluation and modification of thinking produces an improvement in mood and behaviour, and lasting improvement results from modification of the our underlying dysfunctional beliefs.
If you would like further information, or to have a phone consultation without charge or obligation; please contact me and I’ll be pleased to explain in greater detail how Cognitive Behavioural Therapy may be able to assist with various behavioural and emotional difficulties.
Sessions for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy are available my North London Highgate practice, and can often be booked at short notice.