Our Cognitive Behavioural Therapy programme is available to both individuals, couples and young adult. Cognitive therapy seeks to help the client overcome difficulties by identifying and changing there thinking errors, behaviour, and emotions. This involves helping patients develop skills to change beliefs, identifying thinking errors and changing behaviour. Treatment is based the collaboration between the client and the therapist. Once those thoughts have been challenged, your feelings are easier to change.
I believe that most people can overcome any emotional disability by ‘Working harder’. So be prepared for some homework, as C.B.T does require you the client to record your progress and challenge your behaviour in between sessions.
But it’s not just about working harder; I will help you to ‘work clever’. The techniques of C.B.T will allow you to see your world from a new angle and this often brings relief and a new found ability to change behaviour that up until now, you may have felt would never change.
C.B.T is better researched than most other forms of therapy. It can defend its claims using research evidence and as a result it is gaining a real credibility both within and outside the medical profession. This research shows evidence that it can be helpful for the following sample list of problems. Depression Bipolar disorder, Social phobias, Anxiety disorder, Panic attacks, Obsessive compulsive disorder, Eating disorder, Drug addiction, Sexual problems.
What is obsessive-compulsive disorder ?
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an illness that causes people to have unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and to repeat certain behaviours (compulsions) over and over again.
We all have habits and routines in our daily lives, such as brushing our teeth before bed. However, for people with OCD, patterns of behaviour get in the way of their daily lives.
Most people with OCD know that their obsessions and compulsions make no sense, but they can’t ignore or stop them.
What are obsessions?
Obsessions are ideas, images and impulses that run through the person’s mind over and over again. A person with OCD doesn’t want to have these thoughts and finds them disturbing, but he or she can’t control them.
Sometimes these thoughts come just once in awhile and are only mildly annoying, other times, a person who has OCD will have obsessive thoughts all the time.
What are compulsions?
Obsessive thoughts make people who have OCD feel nervous and afraid. They try to get rid of these feelings by performing certain behaviours according to “rules” that they make up for themselves. These behaviours are called compulsions. (Compulsive behaviours are sometimes also called rituals.)For example, a person who has OCD may have obsessive thoughts about germs. Because of these thoughts, the person may wash his or her hands repeatedly.
Performing these behaviours usually only makes the nervous feelings go away for a short time. When the fear and nervousness return, the person who has OCD repeats the routine all over again
What are some common obsessions?
The following are some common obsessions:
Fear of dirt or germs
Disgust with bodily waste or fluids
Concern with order, symmetry (balance) and exactness
Worry that a task has been done poorly, even when the person knows this is not true
Fear of thinking evil or sinful thoughts
Thinking about certain sounds, images, words or numbers all the time
Need for constant reassurance
Fear of harming a family member or friend
What are some common compulsions?
The following are some common compulsions:
Cleaning and grooming, such as washing hands, showering or brushing teeth over and over again
Checking drawers, door locks and appliances to be sure they are shut, locked or turned off
Repeating actions, such as going in and out of a door, sitting down and getting up from a chair, or touching certain objects several times
•Ordering and arranging items in certain ways
Counting to a certain number, over and over
Saving newspapers, mail or containers when they are no longer needed, Seeking constant reassurance and approval
What causes OCD?
No one has found a single, proven cause for OCD. Some research shows that it may have to do with chemicals in the brain that carry messages from one nerve cell to another. One of these chemicals, called serotonin , helps to keep people from repeating the same behaviours over and over again.A person who has OCD may not have enough serotonin. Many people who have OCD can function better when they take medicines that increase the amount of serotonin in their brain.
Are other illnesses associated with OCD?
People who have OCD often have other kinds of anxiety, like phobias (such as fear of spiders or fear of flying) or panic attacks.People who have OCD also may have depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), an eating disorder or a learning disorder such as dyslexia.Having one or more of these disorders can make diagnosis and treatment more difficult, so it’s important to talk to your doctor about any symptoms you have, even if you’re embarrassed.
How is OCD treated?
Some people treat their OCD with just cognitive therapy. Others use only medication while others choose to combine both. The following medicines are also often used to treat depression and include: clomipramine, fluoxetine, sertraline, paroxetine and fluvoxamine. These drugs can cause side effects such as dry mouth, nausea and drowsiness. Sometimes they also have sexual side effects. It may be several weeks before you see an improvement in your behaviour.Under the guidance of a trained therapist, behavioural therapy can also be used to treat OCD. In behavioural therapy, people face situations that cause or trigger their obsessions and anxiety. Then they are encouraged not to perform the rituals that usually help control their nervous feelings.For example, a person who is obsessed with germs might be encouraged to use a public toilet and wash his or her hands just once.usually considered the most effective way to treat OCD.Several medicines are available to treat OC To use this method, a person who has OCD must be able to tolerate the high levels of anxiety that can result from the experience.