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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 have been struggling to cope with bereavement and the negative thinking associated with it. Chris helped me explore these thoughts, using CBT and to rationalise them. Confidentiality was important to me, and Chris was able to build rapport quickly,Testimonial from Counselling

I run a small business in Gloucestershire after several years of staff problems I became quite anxious possibly even depressed, have been to the doctors several times and got prescribed tablets which did not seem to work, my wife then Testimonial

When I first met Chris I was feeling very low, I was definitely depressed and felt I had very little to look forward to. During the course of our sessions Chris enabled me to see myself in a different way.Testimonial from Counselling

" I was recommended CBT by a friend of mine after suffering from low self esteem and anxiety issues following a past situation at work. After many years of counselling I was somewhat sceptical, but knew I needed to giveTestimonial from Counselling

Coming to these sessions has helped me to accept that despite issues in the past they can be dealt with. To not be consumed into negative thinking. Allowing me to feel positive and dealing with building on a calmer andTestimonial

When I came to see Chris I felt worthless and helpless and didn't know what to do. I couldn't see any way out of my depressed state. The process has been easier than ever I thought possible. it's changed myTestimonial from a client who did suffer from Anxiety and Depression

Working for myself and suffering from overthinking was becoming a really dangerous combination for me. After a particularly stressful time I thought I would seek help in learning to get hold of my overwhelming sense of worry so went toTestimonial

"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

CBT techniques discussed with Chris have really helped me deal with anger issues, which had affected me for ages prior to seeking her support. I can now spot the signs and better control my anger emotions- I'm far more inTestimonial

My life had gradually become controlled by anxiety and irrational fears that stopped me doing everyday things and left me feeling like a failure. Chris provided practical and simple to understand techniques that really work, giving me the skills toTestimonial