Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) / Reality Therapy (Choice Theory)
CBT and Reality Therapy are approaches that help you see how your thoughts influence your feelings which in turn influence your behaviour. Cognitive therapies are clear, logical and highly structured breaking down problems that may seem overwhelming into smaller pieces that are easier to cope with.
Analysing how you think and feel brings greater self-understanding and awareness. This gives you more clarity so you can make better choices and bring about positive changes in your life.
These approaches concentrate on the here and now, without delving into the past. The duration of therapy is usually short term.
CBT and Reality Therapy are helpful with the following issues.
Low self esteem
DBT informed therapy is helpful for clients with a wide range of emotional issues. It is known to be effective in treating Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) or Emotional Dysregulation Disorder (EDD). Clients with this diagnosis may resort to self-harm or experience suicidal tendencies in an effort to manage intense surges of emotion. This causes immense difficulties in close relationships and individuals may find themselves very isolated. Learning new behavioural skills can help a person to become less prone to react with such intensity to emotional situations. DBT informed therapy aims to provide the coping skills to manage extreme mood swings. The focus is on
- Interpersonal effectiveness
- Emotional regulation
- Distress tolerance
The approach helps people to gain behavioural control, experience their emotions fully, develop the ability to solve relationship problems and move towards a more fulfilling life.