What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?
Cognitive means our thinking or thought processes. These are what cause us to feel and to behave in certain ways. CBT is a therapy which looks at the shared links between your thoughts, emotions, feelings, physical sensations, and behaviour, in any given situation or experience you have. It looks at the way that you naturally or instinctively react in these experiences and whether these are healthy or productive for you.
How Does it Work?
Together as a team, we identify these negative or uncomfortable thought processes & patterns, (NATS). It is a process of finding out what makes you tick the way you do, and what is presently causing disharmony, discontent or pain in your life. We then go on to develop different perspectives, of looking at how we think, in ways you may not have thought of before. These new styles of thinking and feeling are generally more constructive, making us feel healthier, more relaxed, balanced & in control.
It is true that in any given experience whatsoever, that there are numerous different ways of looking and reacting to a situation. Therefore CBT aims to change and remove for good, your ‘Self Limiting Beliefs’.
What Areas of Life Do We Explore?
CBT looks at the impact or knock-on effects these instinctive patterns of reacting and behaving are having on you, both Physically and Emotionally, How they are affecting all kinds of your relationships, work life area, and your general confidence and self-esteem.
Is it More for Past or Present Issues?
CBT works well if you come to therapy with specific areas of concern that you would like to address. CBT are ‘Strategies’ which when learned and put into practice are ‘tools for life’ and you will find yourself using them naturally without thinking consciously about how they are working. This will help you with clarification and decision making. Although CBT may touch on some areas of your past, its aim is to work on the effects of that past that are troubling you in present day.
Whats the Process?
Together we work out a plan, and during and in-between sessions you start to put into practice and experiment with some of the things that you are learning. It seems that it is an interesting journey of exploration and discovery. One way of understanding it is “the past does not have to represent the future”!
How Might I feel With CBT?
It is as if they become a part of you. Some people when they see the benefits and positive insights that have been derived from these different ways of thinking, sometimes get concerned in case they may forget what they have learnt and go back to their old ways of thinking and behaving. From my experience it seems this is highly unlikely. It is like once you have taken that first step, it soon becomes very hard to turn back!
You may well find that all types of relationships in many areas of life improve and are more effective. Perhaps the things that used to bother you, now do not faze you at all because you have different ways, more choice and control with dealing with the life that is presented to you.
How can it help me?
Stress – Anxiety – Panic – Depression – Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – Self-esteem and Confidence issues – General health problems – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – Phobias – Relationship problems – Sleep problems – Family problems – Issues to do with guilt worry, resentment or anger or shame – Panic attacks – Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) – Social anxiety – Social phobia – Marital discord – Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) – Communication & understanding in relationships – Trauma issues – Ageing – Workplace anxiety – Fear of public speaking – Conflict with authority – Eating Disorders – Insomnia – Chronic pain conditions – Resentments – Low self esteem or confidence – Separation – Divorce – Affairs & betrayals – Work place / Career anxiety – Procrastination – Decision-making -Making changes – Changing unproductive behaviour or beliefs – General self development – Assertiveness or shyness – Lack of direction – Reached a crossroads – General health problems – Stage fright – Conflict with authority – Overcoming fears & much else…..
Some of Angie’s Client Reviews:
“I found Angie last year when I was really struggling, after suffering with depression for over 10 years. I decided enough was enough. Angie has helped me immeasurably. Her CBT techniques are great, she was empathetic when needed but also clear and strong in her advice. I am now equipped with tools to help me deal with life and all it might throw at me. Alongside my CBT sessions I also had Craniosacral therapy, I was unsure how this would help me but can only say that it was wonderful, I left each session feeling empowered, stronger and “a foot taller” ! I would recommend Angie Walker to anyone who is struggling, I feel sure she will help you find a way to break through to be who you know you can be. (Helen Clues Artist)
“I am 21 years old and decided to visit Angie shortly after I completed my A-levels. I achieved good grades but felt confused and unsure about what to do next. Angie helped me to explore my options and identify what it was I wanted to do and how i could get there. Through her sessions I realised my aspiration was to travel and work with underprivileged children in various communities. Throughout the CBT & coaching Angie was very easy to talk to and I feel my self-confidence has increased and I am more positive about my future.” (Fliss Warwick)
“Angie’s CBT and life coaching is really thorough and really works. She starts you off delving into what you really want – something I wasn’t too sure about until I’d been taken through my goal setting plan. She found out which areas of my life needed some changes and which could be safely left alone. Once started we spent several sessions planning out and refining approaches to make the sure changes that I wanted would actually happen and stay secure and permanent. Angie never criticises if you haven’t achieved all you set out to do since the last session – instead I was taught to celebrate all the small successes in line with my goals and aims. And what a success this less self critical approach has been! I’ve taken up new hobbies. I have a better more balance approach to work and a calmer more relaxed attitude to life generally. And what was most important to me was that I kept my driving force going on my career objectives. Thanks Angie for giving me a new zest to life!” (Richard Stratford Upon Avon)
“I’m a 28 year old professional who went to see Angie due to significant anxiety and confidence issues. Angie provided me with a whole new perspective on managing my stresses and in turn overcoming my symptoms, to the point where I feel my old self. I’m feeling so much more confident and in control and I know that even on bad days in the future I’m able to refer back to what I learnt with Angie” (28 Year Old Professional. Leamington Spa)
“I approached Angie to overcome my fears of feeling trapped on a plane. Angie was calm and very easy to talk to. This made me feel a settled and made me open up rather than be concerned what I was about to tell a complete stranger! Her techniques to talk through my problem in detail to diagnose and understand really helped her provide me with tools and techniques to get over an irrational fear. I would recommend Angie to anyone who has any fear or worry bottled inside. By opening up to Angie, I was able to overcome a phobia which literally gave me the sweats at night”.
(Darry. Stratford Upon Avon)
The skills and tools that you learn in CBT are practical, useful, very helpful strategies. You will find that they can be incorporated well into your daily life, so reducing future stresses and difficulties, long after your sessions end. Research has shown that CBT can be as effective as medication in treating some mental health conditions.