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What is Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and why it’s Effective in Counselling?

Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) is a practical, short-term form of psychotherapy that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem solving.
CBT aims to help people to develop skills and strategies for becoming and staying healthy. Its goal is to change patterns of thinking or behavior that are behind people’s difficulties, and so change the way they feel. CBT focuses on the here-and-now and on the problems that come up in day-to-day life. CBT helps people to examine how they make sense of what is happening around them and how these perceptions affect the way they feel.
Research shows that CBT is one of the most effective treatments for anxiety. It is also an effective treatment for problems such as depression, chronic pain, disordered eating, anger issues, addiction, and low self-esteem (Whyllie, 2010).
CBT is effective in counselling because CBT gives people a new way of understanding and thinking about their problems. It also provides people with the skills to deal with the issues that they are struggling with right now.
In CBT, clients learn to identify, question, and change the thoughts, attitudes and beliefs related to the emotional and behavioural reactions that cause them difficulty.
By monitoring and recording thoughts during upsetting situations, people learn that how they think can contribute to emotional problems such as depression and anxiety. CBT helps to reduce these emotional problems by teaching clients to identify distortions in their thinking, see thoughts as ideas about what is going on, rather than as facts, and stand back from their thinking to consider situations from different viewpoints.

What is Counselling and When To Seek Support?

The Oxford Dictionary defines counselling as the process of assisting and guiding clients, especially by a trained person on a professional basis, to resolve especially personal, social, or psychological problems and difficulties (Oxford, 2010). Counselling is a helping approach that highlights the emotional and intellectual experience of a client, how a client is feeling and what they think about the problem they have sought help for.
The role of the counsellor is to enable the client to explore many aspects of their life and feelings, by talking openly and freely. Talking in such a way it is rarely possible with family or friends, who are likely to be emotionally involved and have opinions and biases that may be detrimental to the success of the counselling.
During a counselling session, a counsellor is required to keep 100% confidentiality. Confidentiality is defined as the state whereby the counsellor keeps every information the clients shares and not disclosures it or shares it with anyone else. Confidentiality can only be broken with five exceptions. These include the client committing or planning to commit suicide, homicide, if the client is abusing a child or an elderly in an institution and lastly, if the client is court mandated.
Some of the problems that get in the way of a client during a counselling session include, unrealistic expectations, lacking motivation, self-sabotage, and when clients are reluctant, especially if the court mandates them.
It is hard for people to determine when they need counselling or even seek support because of the negative stigma associated with going to counselling. Contrary to popular misconception, you don’t have to be “crazy,” desperate or on the brink of a meltdown to go to therapy. You may need counselling if you always feel sad, angry, and not yourself all the time. Abuse drugs, alcohol, and food to cope in life. Someone who have lost a loved one or something important. Lastly, people who have gone through a traumatic experience might need counselling to help them deal with this event.
At C. S Counselling and Consulting Services, we guide our clients through non-judgmental, empathetic strategies to cope with a variety of issues and resume a happy, healthy day-to-day life. Counsellors are registered with their appropriate regulatory boards. Our counsellors specialize in family counselling, couple counselling, marriage counselling, individual counselling, child counselling, and counselling for grief, depression, anxiety, anger and trauma related issues.


How Do I Know if I Need Counselling?

Everyday life can be stressful and, sometimes, it takes more than just counting to 10 while inhaling and exhaling. It is common to be constantly apprehensive and find yourself counsellingexperiencing problems or addictive behaviour, but there are still many people that do not realize the importance of seeking help. Little do they know that taking care of their mental health is just as important as treating their physical health. The importance of being aware of your mental health is the main reason why counselling is so crucial, no matter what you are struggling with.

Unfortunately, there is still a lot of stigma around the topic of treating the mind. Admitting you need help is difficult for anyone to accept especially for you and your loved ones, and that fear contributes to the hesitancy in seeking a counsellor. It is important to understand that accepting you have a problem is the first step towards solving it and, with the help of a counsellor, you start to envision from different perspectives.

A counsellor is a professional responsible for providing an impartial and unique outlook to any situation. This helps to process thoughts and feelings more easily in order to find a suitable solution. Counselling not only benefits those who struggle with anxiety, depression, alcoholism, stress, trauma, anger, marriage and family problems, but also those who simply want to find ways of improving their ability to communicate. Since every case is exceptional, there is no “secret formula” for counselling.

Sometimes loved ones can notice patterns that are hard to see from the inside, so if you know someone that could benefit from counselling, at C.S Counselling and Consulting Services our team can help empower individuals to make better choices. The counsellor will work along with the client to find the best way of managing the issues. If you believe you or someone you know needs guidance, do not hesitate to contact a counsellor.


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