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You don't need therapy, right?

Let’s be honest, a lot of us think of therapy as something that ‘other people’ do. We think it’s for people with major issues who want to talk about their lives whilst lying on a couch. 

 

But the reality is there are many different types of therapies and many different types of psychologists. At ZenDoctor we focus on the more ‘business-like’, practical side of therapy, for people that have overwhelming stress or anxiety and need to get it ‘fixed’ by a highly qualified expert.

 

Many of our expert psychologists focus on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) as a strategy to resolve anxiety with their clients and so below we have outlined some details regarding what is involved in this therapeutic approach.

We like to think of it as hiring a personal trainer for your mind, rather than therapy. That's the ZenDoctor mindset.

What is cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)?

CBT is a goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. It can help you make sense of overwhelming problems by breaking them down into smaller parts. It is well established and recognised by many to be highly effective.

 

Why is it different?

  • Highly structured – rather than talking freely about your life, you and your therapist discuss specific problems and set goals for you to achieve

  • Pragmatic – it helps identify specific problems and tries to solve them

  • Focused on current problems – it's mainly concerned with how you think and act now rather than attempting to resolve past issues

  • Collaborative – your therapist will not tell you what to do; they'll work with you to find solutions to your current difficulties
     

How does CBT work?

  • At the beginning of the therapy, the client meets the therapist to describe specific problems and to set goals they want to work towards

  • Problems presented by clients may include be a loss of confidence at work, panic attacks or constant worrying - to pick a few examples

  • These problems are broken down into 5 main areas:

    • Situations

    • Thoughts

    • Emotions

    • Physical feelings

    • Actions

  • CBT is based on the concept of these 5 areas being interconnected and affecting each other

  • These problems and goals then become the basis for planning the content of sessions and discussing how to deal with them.

  • Typically, at the beginning of a session, the client and therapist will jointly decide on the main topics they want to work on this week. They will also allow time for discussing the conclusions from the previous session

What is anxiety?