CBT Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Think  and feel differently to succeed.

CBT or Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is a very effective therapy which uses the links between what you think, how that way of thinking impacts on how you feel and how that feeling impacts on your behaviours. This therapy is very effective for change work and is something which you can use on yourself to impact on anything you would like to change about your self.

This therapy is often used to deal with issues including addictions, weight management, anger, self harm, stress management, self esteem and most motivation related issues.

An example of how this therapy makes the links with your thinking (cognition) and how that impacts on your actions (behaviour):

A student may lack confidence and so THINK that they will fail an exam. This negative thought makes them FEEL nervous and even DE-MOTIVATED. This demotivated and nervous student then ACTS like they expect to fail. So they spend very little time revising, as they distract themselves from reminding themselves of the exam. The time spent studying is not effective and is distracted time, largely due to feeling anxious every time they open their books. This lack of effectiveness further impacts on their learning. They enter the exam expecting to do badly. Resulting in their performance on the day being poor.

A new way of thinking about this situation is to look at what the client can already do. This demonstrates that they have learned things before and so they should adopt the approach which worked for them last time. Further to this, they can use this exam as a measure of what they will need to revise next time if they were to fail. This leads to the person feeling more positive and confident about the revision process. The behaviour from this is that they were focused on their exam preparation resulting in them succeeding.


The main role of CBT, when looking at changes, is learning to think differently (see reframing techniques to support you with this) and be more resourceful with life's events. Approaching life in the right frame of mind leads to better outcomes.

It is possible to use this technique backwards using the Act as If technique to change how you think about a situation. For example you think that you do not want to do a mundane task like making a healthy meal instead of eating junk food, because right now, you find this mundane or too difficult. If you start the task whilst pretending you are really enjoying it this can result in actually getting the positive feelings you need and lead you to think that you enjoy doing this task so that you continue to do it.

Online CBT

I offer online therapy for people all over the world using Skype. As long as you have  access to a computer you can find out more about accessing therapy, whether it is CBT, mindfulness, psychodynamic approaches or hypnosis to achieve your goals contact me today at dave@positive-hypnosis.info or send me a direct message on Twitter @hypnosisdave and I will arrange an appointment time.

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