Tullysaran Community Association

As a community organisation we are dedicated and focussed on improving services and facilities for our local community by organising community events and activities.  

Together NI

Dealing with the challenges of today sometimes requires helping hands who bring different perspectives and are willing to go that extra mile. If you are

Mid Ulster Agewell

Mid Ulster Agewell is a local Partnership aimed at improving services for older people in our Community.   Services: Good Morning Telephone call (Free, Confidential

Inspire Addiction Services

We provide tailor-made treatment programmes for people with alcohol and / or drugs concern. We currently offer support within the BHSCT area and WHSCT area. 

Headway UK – Northern Ireland

Headway the brain injury association is a charity providing support to individuals living with brain injury and their carers. Headway’s aims and objectives are: To

LCC Community Trust

Our service users are of all ages and abilities, we particularly seek to engage those from low income backgrounds, homeless, unemployed, BAME, isolated, disadvantaged, mental

Rowan Tree Centre

We are a community centre with rooms for hire, there is a Mens Shed on site and an Over 55s club once a week, we

CBT – What is it?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that looks at how you think about yourself, the world and other people by looking at how your actions affect your thoughts and feelings. CBT can help you to change how you think and what you do, so you can help yourself for the long-term. Unlike other types of talking therapy where you explore your past and your emotional connections to previous experiences, CBT is purely about the now. It looks at all the ways you can improve your mental and emotional being by focusing on how you act and what you feel right now.

CBT can be described as a therapeutic approach that looks at how we interpret experiences in the ways that we react or interpret them.

Waking in the morning thoughts

For example…

If you walk past someone you know in the street and they don’t acknowledge you, you can react in several ways.

One: you might think they don’t like you and tell yourself no-one likes you, which leads to a low-mood.

Two: you worry in case they think you ignored them, which makes you feel anxious that they’re judging you for being rude.

Three: they didn’t see you and that’s fine. The latter being the healthier response.

Trigger, real or imagined chart

CBT looks at how vicious cycles of behaviour can spiral into negative thinking and emotions that quickly feel out of control. When you have oversight of how the pattern plays out, it becomes easier to interject and break the cycle by changing the behaviour that goes along with it.

A CBT session will set out to look at recent experiences that have made you feel distressed, fearful, anxious, upset, depressed, angry, etc. It will explore the situation and what happened, including where you were, who you were with and what the emotions felt like. Journeying through the experience to how you reacted in the moment or in the time afterwards will help you notice the thought patterns and behaviours that contribute to the “vicious cycle” and will help you make effective changes.

You can do CBT self-guided or with a professional CBT therapist. Explore our Find Help Near Me section to locate a CBT practitioner near you. 

Eva Swanston
Author: Eva Swanston

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