Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is recognised by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as being an effective therapeutic approach for people who are experiencing a range of emotional difficulties, including depression, anxiety, and trauma.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) involves focussing on our thoughts, feelings and behaviours to help us feel better. Over recent years psychologists have developed newer ‘third-wave’ CBT approaches, particularly Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT – pronounced as the word ‘act’ rather than the letters). ACT uses acceptance, mindfulness and behavioural strategies to help people feel better, and is an approach I use regularly.
In a nutshell, ACT helps you to change your relationship to difficult thoughts and emotions, helping you move towards a life rich with things that really matter to you. ACT helps you live in the present moment, in a conscious way, and be able to make choices and decisions based around your values in life. It has a rapidly growing evidence base and is considered highly effective in helping people feel less distressed.
I find this a particularly helpful approach in the perinatal period when people are often anxious and can easily lose touch with themselves and the things that matter to them.
Therapy will invite you to look into the main areas of your life such as relationships, parenting, career, leisure, family, spirituality and develop a shared understanding of your values and goals.
You will develop skills and strategies that help you work towards achieving your goals and living your life in a way that is consistent with your values.
Your therapist will help you develop a different relationship with difficult thoughts and feelings so they stop holding you back in life.