The underlying principles of CBT is that by addressing unhelpful thinking patterns and behaviours, people can change how they feel, how they view themselves, and how they interact with others.
Course of Treatment:
Identify initial target problem (this will be completed through an assessment session)
Introduce cognitive model and how to apply by building a formulation. A formulation is a collaborative piece of work where we pull together the information showing what are the triggers low mood, anxiety and how the depression/anxiety is impacting on your daily living (thoughts and feelings) and by discovering a maintenance cycle.
Begin work on reducing symptoms thorough behavioural activation, this is one of the main forms of strategies for depression or graded exposure for working on anxiety issues.
The main focus of the sessions will be identifying and challenging NAT’s (Negative Automatic Thoughts), through thought records, mood records, completing activities dairies, seeking evidence to disprove some of the NAT’s and behavioural experiments.
Towards the end of therapy we will identify and modify dysfunctional assumptions or core beliefs, with a view to reduce risk of relapse.