Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Multilingual Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (MLCBT)
CBT is a short-term psychotherapy designed to support and solve specific problems and change unhelpful thinking and behaviour. It uses aim-oriented techniques in relation to the particularities of the matter that needs observation.
CBT concentrates on the direct relationship between thoughts, emotions, behaviour and physiology – and how each affects the others. By finding the trigger of cognitive and behavioural patterns, there is a greater possibility for positive long lasting change.
CBT is a research-based approach, which has proven to be very effective for depressive disorders and anxiety disorders, among others.
What is Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (CBT)?
1. How does it work?
CBT is an active form of psychotherapy where working together is of importance. During our sessions, we narrow down the problem or the cause of the difficulty. With action-oriented CBT techniques, we confront and reshape thoughts and behaviour making them helpful and lead to positive changes in your life.
2. First session:
The first session is diagnostic, and concentrates on getting to know one another (the psychotherapist as well as the help-seeker). This is the beginning of the “psychologist-patient” relationship, which is of the utmost importance for successful psychological treatment.
3. Following sessions:
In the following sessions (a few, or more, varying from person to person), we talk through your situation and background. The purpose is to establish the aim of your psychotherapy treatment. We define what you want to change, and how we can measure those changes (the aims of the therapy), and then select an appropriate therapeutic strategy. Constructing therapy aims is necessary in order to measure our progress and know when we are nearing the end of our work together.
4. Duration of sessions:
A session lasts 50 minutes and is typically held once a week. Most commonly, meetings are weekly, so that help-seekers have sufficient time for their homework assignments and to reflect on the conclusions. However, with more serious matters, meetings twice a week will be arranged to give more support and help.
5. Duration of CBT:
The duration of our sessions depends on the diagnosis and our aims. Once these aims have been attained, we will prepare a summary of all that has been helpful, in order for you to manage successfully on your own.
7. Psychotherapy and medication:
As a psychologist I am not allowed to prescribe medication (please make an appointment with a psychiatrist if you think you need medication).
6. Cancellation of session:
In the case of a cancelled session, please notify me by sms or email at least 24 hours prior to the meeting. Otherwise, I shall have to charge for the missed session.
8. “Psychologist – patient” confidentiality:
Everything which is being said, written and/or shown during our sessions is confidential.
I should point out, however, that regular supervision in this field is highly recommended. This happens anonymously. Without the permission of the help-seeker (by signing a permission agreement), I am not able to discuss anything with a third party! So if I think that supervision would be helpful, I am bound to obtain your permission before presenting anything.