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Video on why CBT works incredibly well

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT is a form of intervention widely used in psychotherapy counseling and life coaching.

The reason why CBT is so popular is simple, it works incredibly well. A good amount of scientific research shows how effective CBT is in helping people solve problems and experience positive outcomes.
CBT is aimed at changing patterns of thinking and behavior that keep us stuck and prevent others from overcoming the obstacles we face first. CBT provides the right tools and support to engage a powerful process of change without wasting a massive amount of time and energy.
CBT intervenes on our thoughts the way we think influences our lives because it defines how we understand and interpret the world and the events. In this sense our thinking pattern can be imagined as a pair of glasses that allows us to see the world in a certain way it is useful to work on our thoughts and beliefs to deal with issues such as depression anxiety and others.
Let’s say I have a low self esteem and my thoughts about myself are unrealistically negative. I believe i’m a worthless person whose needs are irrelevant and whose opinions are on interesting first.
CBT allows me to be aware of these thoughts and the negative impact they have on my life then CBT helps me address my limiting beliefs and challenge them effectively.
CBT also intervenes on our behavior. Our behavior has a big influence on our lives our feelings and our happiness in fact our behavior creates outcomes that can be either positive or negative. CBT makes sure that we experience less negative outcomes and more positive ones. Let’s say I have low self confidence and I avoid public speaking. My avoidance is caused by my low self-confidence but at the same time my avoidance reinforces my low self-confidence creating a vicious circle in which I’m stuck.
CBT allows me to address my behavior in small steps in order to experience positive outcomes and to react constructively to external events and circumstances.
CBT is extremely flexible it can be applied to other severe issues or more practical problems. CBT can address a variety of unpleasant situations such as: stress, anger, troublesome emotions, procrastination and others. If you are looking for an effective way to improve your life, overcome your obstacles and achieve a state of satisfaction. Cognitive Behavioral Coaching is certainly a clever option.

From my clients

I am writing this testimony as an endorsement of Chris Benfield, I was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. A big part of this is to do with my weight I have always been larger framed however I am relativelyTestimonial from Counselling

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"Having always suffered with overthinking and a lack of confidence CBT really has helped me to overcome a number of hurdles. Chris is a great listener and has provided me with great techniques to remember self worth and remain positive,Testimonial

"When I first came to see Chris six weeks back I didn't know I was having traumatic attacks. Now I don't know what traumatic attacks are. I still care about issues, I still care about people, but I see themTestimonial

Meeting Chris has honestly been the most life altering moment. I have learnt and put into practice techniques in our sessions that will provide a structure and the perfect guide in how  to manage everyday life for years to come.Testimonial

Suffering from anxiety for over 3 years , being on and off antidepressants, I needed to try something else. CBT therapy was advised to me by a friend and I am so grateful that I have found Chris. She isTestimonial

CBT is not something I would have thought would have been helpful. I was desperate so wanted to try anything. Chris has helped me by what she has taught me and now I can use it everyday. IT REALLY HELPS!Testimonial from a young male

2 months ago I was suffering from Anxiety and didn't think I could cope with it anymore. After 6 sessions here of CBT I have turned a corner and I feel like the person I wanted to be. The differenceTestimonial

From the sessions I have learnt.....I have changed how to look at day to day life and how I deal with challenge. I can now recognise a situation, apply evidence to it and put it into perspective. I'm learning  toTestimonial from a student with A level Exam Stress