Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is combination of two therapies. Cognitive therapy looks at your thought patterns and is a form of self-analysis. It also looks at what thought patterns you might like to install in your mind. Some people never pay attention to their thoughts and when they get into trouble they are unsure how to get out of it because life seems to be left to chance. Being aware of your thoughts is one of the cornerstones of the therapy I do with people.
Behavioural therapy is different in that it examines the behaviours you carry out. When people are dysfunctional and have behavioural problems they may be doing old behaviours that no longer work. As Einstein said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result”. Behavioural therapy also focuses on implementing new behaviours to take you to the different places you desire.
So Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is examining your thoughts, implementing new thoughts, examining your behaviours and designing those new behaviours with new thoughts.
Where Cognitive Behaviour Therapy really comes into its own is when it is used with hypnosis in a hypnotherapy session, which accelerates the whole process and make its stronger. This is actually what hypnotists have been doing for thousands of years so Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is not new to us as it has been part of our standard tool kit.
The unconscious mind is the place of origin of all thoughts and behaviours. As a clinical hypnotherapist, I help people make those changes at a deep unconscious level, then those Cognitive Behavioural Therapy changes made become activated quicker and stronger to take you to the thoughts and behaviours you want to have to improve your life.