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COGNITIVE BEHAVIOUR THERAPY (CBT)

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is an effective way of helping people whose lives and relationships are affected by mood states such as depression and anxiety. Our emotions are the product of a complex interaction between the way we think (our thoughts), how we feel (our emotions) and how we act (our behaviour).

 Thinking includes our thoughts, images, memories, fantasies and daydreams.
 Emotions are conscious experiences characterised by intense mental activity and a high degree of pleasure or displeasure. Emotions are often the driving force behind motivation, positive or negative.
 Behaviours include all the actions we take in response to our thinking and our environment, positive or negative action.

CBT is based on the principle that our thoughts, interpretations or behaviours in response to an event influence the way we feel rather than the event itself. The way we feel and behave in response to certain events is very much determined by the meaning placed on the experience. Everyone has unique interpretations on events, based on previous personal experiences. Because of this, the same person may react differently to similar events on different occasions, depending on how they interpret what’s going on around them.

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