Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Midlands Mental Health Clinic offers Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to patients in Mullingar, Tullamore and Portlaoise. Contact us today to make an appointment. Change is possible – let us empower you.

Cognitive behavioural therapy, or CBT, is a popular form of psychotherapy. It is powerful and effective at improving mental health.

CBT is used in the treatment of anxiety, depression and psychosis amongst countless other illnesses, and can be used to alleviate the stress of traumas and abuse.

What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

The process behind CBT is simple. It begins with the belief that all human experiences are linked – our thoughts, actions, and physical and mental feelings are all interconnected.

First and foremost, cognitive behavioural therapy gets to the root of an issue and works to break down the negative thought patterns and behaviours caused by this issue.

CBT works to help us recognise “vicious cycles” and furthermore make us more self-aware. Here at Midlands Mental Health Clinic, we will work with you to break these cycles and ultimately replace them with healthy, affirming behaviours.

How Does Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Work?

The CBT process is usually of 6-8 week duration. The client works with the therapist to understand each problem and then break it down into its component parts. Consequently, this helps identify individual patterns of thoughts, emotions, bodily feelings and actions which are causing distress.

After identifying and agreeing collaboratively what beliefs the client might change, the therapist may additionally recommend ‘homework’ assignments.

The client completes and practices these assignments outside the sessions to counter or disprove these beliefs. To assist in this process the therapist may invite the client to keep a log or a diary in addition to the assignments.

What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Used For?

The strength of CBT is that the client can continue to practice and develop their skills even after the sessions have finished, ultimately making it less likely that symptoms or problems will return.

Cognitive behavioural therapy can be used exclusively or it can also used in addition to other therapies such as humanistic or psychodynamic depending on the needs and requirements of the client.

People use cognitive behavioural therapy to combat the following issues:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Addiction to substances, gambling etc.
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Eating disorders
  • Unresolved past traumas
  • Many other mental health issues

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