cognitive behavioural therapy

Dirk Hansen can provide Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) where appropriate to your need and to your unique style of learning and communication.  CBT is widely accepted as an evidence-based therapy and it is recommended for certain conditions where symptoms are significant enough to cause disruption in your daily life.  These conditions include depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, paranoia, and phobias.  It can also be effective for addictions and eating disorders.

What is CBT?

Taking on the basic principles of behavioural and cognitive psychology, this approach focuses on examining and ultimately changing unhelpful patterns in your thoughts, emotions, and behaviours.  The aim is to develop new coping strategies to address your current problems.  It is an action-oriented form of therapy and requires looking closely at beliefs, behaviours, and the thoughts that surround them. 

 

This may include looking at your past experiences and relationships as we try to understand how your core beliefs were developed which led to current thought processes. The premise is that thoughts are often the driving factor behind our emotional states – so the aim is to look very closely at the thought/feeling connection and test our thoughts against objective reality.  The result can be a positive change in your feelings (and sense of well-being) as you tailor your thoughts and perceptions more accurately and rationally.