Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

This type of therapy works on the idea that the way we think about a situation will influence how we feel, and act.  CBT helps us notice thoughts and behaviours that we may or may not be conscious of, explore how we feel and respond when we think this way - and then work out whether these patterns are helpful and supportive. 

Because our brain 'soft wires' information that we absorb about the world from the moment that we are born, we may not actually be conscious of some of the core beliefs that influence how we feel and respond to people or situations that occur in our lives.  Some of our beliefs, attitudes or expectations about the world developed when we were children, before our brain was fully developed, and long before we had a full understanding of what was occurring around us.  However these outdated beliefs may still be influencing our lives.  Our attitudes can also be strongly influenced by the prevailing attitude of our family, culture or society, or on the basis of experiences that occurred in our lives that are unique to us.  

Cognitive science has shown that, over time, our thoughts can become a little 'automatic', occurring without our awareness, and without us considering whether they are still relevant.  Its possible that we simply believe the thoughts that are occurring in our minds, as if they were 'facts' - however if we really examine our thoughts carefully we may find out that this is not be the case.  

Research has shown CBT to be a highly effective intervention for problems such as depression, panic, anxiety, phobias and many other psychological difficulties.   This may be partially because this form of therapy has been the dominant paradigm in psychology for many years.  Consequently at Botanic psychology we integrate CBT with other research findings,