What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a therapy that focuses on the way an individual thinks, behaves and acts in an attempt help him deal with various problems and break through negative belief systems. It is a short-term, goal-oriented intervention and focuses on a completely hands-on, practical approach to solving your problems.
Cognition stands for thinking: the monolog we have (very often destructive and negative) and Behavioural part focuses on everything that you do.
What knowledge, education and experiences do I have?
Studying Criminal Justice opened a completely new perspective in terms of Psychology of Crime and Profiling, which was also the major of my B.A. I continued my studies in the same programme, with the focus on Forensic Psychology, Criminal Profiling and human rights and successfully finished M.A. One of my first practical experiences was volunteering for the Victim Support UK where I also received a thorough training.
After that I decided that I will, instead of on crime, focus my life and attention on love and help I can offer to all of you who are going through the same struggles as I went. With an ultimate passion for psychology and self-healing, I decided to continue with my studies in this direction. Always being a very curious and knowledge-thirsty individual, I decided to enrol into Life Coach and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy studies in the UK. I combined this knowledge with my ultimate passion for natural healing and also obtained a Diploma in Herbalism. Since I am a firm believer that there is no institution, school or university who can teach us everything there is to know about a certain field, I am updating my knowledge and skills on a daily basis by following up the latest researches and publications in this field.
In terms of experiences my life is my best resume. I went from a completely melancholic and helpless mind-set to freeing myself from self-doubt, severe anxiety and even a dysfunctional relationship. I started working on myself many years ago and I can see progress every month – I have changed so much and I believe there’s always room to improve and grow.
Why choose me?
I wasn’t always a positive, optimistic and full of life person. In fact, I suffered depression, had long periods of anxiety, experienced domestic violence and struggled to go by each day. As such, I had travelled a long way to where I am now, living my dreams: traveling, owning a business and having a loving and fulfilling relationship. I believe that this is my calling since my true passion is opening your eyes to see how amazing, beautiful and worthy you are and to guide you to live your life fully.
With my hands on experiences and optimistic view I am confident I can help you to get better, start to love yourself, help you make a change and abandon negative belief systems. I know you can do it and by reading this you are already on the right path.
Besides CBT, I a Mindset Coach and Inner Goddess Activator and I incorporate a lot of CBT characteristics in my coaching. I believe we can do literally anything with the power of our mind (did you know that I healed my back pain solely with the power of the mind?) and by listening to ourselves and what we really want to do in life – what I call our Inner Goddess. You can read more about Mindset Coaching and Inner Goddess Activation here.
Isn’t this the same as Psychotherapy and Counselling?
CBT is different from other therapies and counselling because it focuses on »here and now« and not on the events in the past. We will cover some events that shaped you but we won’t be focusing on them during CBT therapies.
What can CBT help me with?
CBT and me as a CBT therapies can help you with:
- Anger management
- Chronic and Acute Pain Management
- Interrelationship Issues
- Panic attacks
- Poor self-esteem
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Social Phobias
- Some Medical Conditions
- Fear of change (stuck in a certain life situation)
- Negative thoughts that disables you to live your life fully
How does CBT work?
CBT focuses on the fact that particular thinking patterns cause symptoms by creating an altered image of the world and how then you perceive the world, which can cause various feelings of anxiety, frustration, fear and different behaviours.
It empowers you to (1) become aware of your feeling and behaviours, (2) to be able to calm the mind and body and finally (3) to help you break through repetitive patterns of negative thinking or behaviour.
How does CBT process look like?
First we will have one session free of charge so both you and me can see what can I help you with and for you to have your questions answered. Then we will look through what you want to change and establish our goals. And finally, on each session I will be there for you to guide you, support you and often give you homework.
Did you say homework?
Home play, as I prefer to call it, is a very important part of therapy. People often think that us, therapists, need to do all the work. We are here simply to help you see your life situation from a different perspective and guide you on your way to a life you always wanted. As such, you have work and awareness to do on a daily basis. But no worries – there are no wrong answers and everything is much more relaxed as in school (no negative points or wrong answers :).
For how long do I have to have CBT sessions and when will I see changes?
As much as I would like to have an answer on this question, this really depends on what we are trying to change and how an individual responds to therapies. The best results are visible between 12 to 24 sessions. Your success towards our goal also greatly depends on your willingness and determinism to combat the undesired thoughts/behaviours/condition.
Will this be easy?
This question varies from one individual to another. Changes are simpler for one people and unbearable to others. It also depends on your situation and your needs. It is often not the easiest but everyone who went down this road always said it is worth it. People often describe this as »liberation from their vicious cycles of intrusive thoughts and behaviour«.
That sounds like a lot of work. I’m not sure I’m cut out for this.
Try not to overthink it. Every change takes its time and its course, and above all, it is a journey. Also, even I didn’t know how to do this before and believe me, no one does. And this is where I come along to help and guide you: to explain everything thoroughly, let you know how you can improve and change and support you in doing so. If you feel that you have had enough of struggling and feeling stuck, I would be really happy to have a chat with you! 🙂
I feel uncomfortable sharing these thoughts and behaviours with you – I have never shared these with anyone and I feel uncomfortable sharing such personal information with a complete stranger.
I was going through the same when I was searching for my Life Coach. No worries here because as a therapist I am obliged to maintain confidentiality with you. That means I am not allowed to share what we are discussing to anyone (family, friends or any other practitioner). The only exceptions are if there is a significant risk to the safety of you, me (therapist) or others.
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