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I practice Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), a form of therapy that emphasises the role of thinking in how we feel and what we do. Let’s look at the theory behind this approach:

Based on our experience, each of us develops our own particular way of thinking about life and about ourselves. These thinking habits influence our behaviours, feelings and our response to day-to-day situations; we get what we expect – not necessarily what we want.

CBT helps us become aware of - and challenge - thoughts and predictions that trigger or maintain life problems. By breaking free of old, unhelpful thinking patterns we can start to see things from a new perspective, change our typical ways of behaving and, therefore, the way we feel.