Month: April 2015

About the ‘B’ in CBT

The behavioural components of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy As the name would suggest, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) consists of techniques to help us to develop more adaptive and healthy cognitions and behaviours with a recognition that what we think and what we do are deeply connected. An important part of the therapeutic process is the performance… Read more »

Red alert ~ Problem Anger

How can we tackle excessive or chronic anger? Anger is an unavoidable (and sometimes necessary) part of life. Getting angry from time to time is part of being human, and can even contribute positively to life and survival. In evolutionary terms, we developed the capacity for anger to protect ourselves and the people we love,… Read more »

Schema therapy ~ Freedom from ‘life traps’

Breaking free from deeply embedded maladaptive beliefs Schemas are the beliefs we hold about ourselves, and our habitual reactions to experiences, that were formed in our earliest years and which we have grown up with, without really ever questioning them…and often without even being fully aware they exist. Jeffrey Young, the American founder of the… Read more »

CBT for Anxiety

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Anxiety Studies indicate that anxiety is the most common form of psychological problem; almost a third of us will experience anxiety at a clinically significant level at some point in our lives, and many of us will seek therapy to help get through it. ‘Anxiety’ in psychology and psychiatry is an… Read more »

Working through Eating Disorders with CBT

The benefits of CBT for a range of food-related concerns Issues with food and eating are relatively common for both men and women: even if our problems are not at a level recognisable as Anorexia or Bulimia or another diagnostic category, many of us struggle with our body image, seem to be on a constant… Read more »

Are the smiley more lucky in love?

Smile intensity and relationship success may be linked Psychologists have long theorised that people’s varying levels of emotionality lead to different responses in behaviour, thought and physiology both within the person, and with other people. Innately smiley babies, for example, are thought to evoke more positive responses from others, which sets them on a different… Read more »