Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)


Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) focuses on the thinking that supports our behaviour.  As with all modes of therapy its approach has of late been influenced by humanistic therapies.  CBT has two main influences: Behavioural Therapy, which is used to address a client’s specific behaviours, substituting positive behaviours for harmful or inappropriate ones; Cognitive Therapy is employed in treatment to help clients recognise and change thinking patterns that are harmful or ineffective.  CBT recognises that people’s emotional reactions and behaviours are influenced by cognition.  CBT also considers behaviour as crucial in maintaining or in changing psychological states.  During the last decade a number of other therapies have emerged from CBT.  These include Schema Therapy, Compassion-based therapy, Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).

At GCPP we offer CBT as an integrated approach, which is inclusive and supports the client to find their inner ‘authority’.  The CBT approach is therefore shaped by therapist and client rather than being dictated by any one system.  We support the client to look at their presenting issue or problem as interactions between thoughts, emotions, behaviour and physiology and their environment and then tailor make a treatment plan that the client can take ownership of.

The following therapists offer this service:

Melinda Best

Cecilia Farrugia Spencer