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18th July 2018 

How does CBT works?

CBT therapy starts with a Cognitive-Behavioural assessment
during which the therapist and the client in a collaborative relationship agree on a formulation of:

  • the target problems

  • the history of the problem

  • the factors maintaining the problem

  • an hypothesis of the problem causes and if it may serve a purpose

  • an intervention plan to rectify the problem

    The central principle of a CBT assessment is that our behaviour is determined by the immediate situations and how we interprete them. This therefore is the major focus of an assessment, with an emphasis on specific problems rather than global entities.

    Another fundamental principle of CBT is that the client needs to feel safe to disclose important and often distressing information. Your Therapist therefore will endevour to foster a warm and trusting athmosphere, will not judge you and will be empatic and committed to helping you overcome the current difficulties.

    The next stage consists of the co-joint search and identification of the unproductive, faulty or negative cognitive biases that may be at the basis of the unwanted symptoms ar states of mind.
    Once such identification has taken place, the therapist helps the client to acquire strategies that can be effective in challenging and modifying such faulty patterns of thoughts.
    This generally results in improved mood, a more positive attitude and an increased level of competence.
    Consequently old patterns of unwanted behaviours and schema of thoughts can be replaced with new, more efficient and productive ones.

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