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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

OLIVIA HERINGA

Psychologist - Psychotherapist Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Why seek psychotherapy? 

The reasons people seek psychotherapy varies from individual to individual. But in general, it is because people are tired of their current situation and want to make changes in their lives. 

 

But taking the first step is not always easy. We may not know what changes we expect - we just know that we don’t want to continue as we are. We may feel overwhelmed by events, or confused about making decisions. We may feel helpless in some situations, and think there is no way out.

 

When should we seek psychotherapy?

Often difficulties in relationships, health related problems and job related problems have a bigger negative impact on us than we are aware of. But all may impair our sense of physical and/or emotional well being. For others, there is a recurrent need to battle feelings of depression, anxiety, frustration or anger. And others may need to deal with lack of motivation, a wish to be more assertive, or a problem with low self-esteem.

These are signs which may indicate you need to seek help:

  • You feel overwhelmed by a situation.

  • You have difficulty doing things which you used to do without a problem.

  • You take no pleasure in your life. You feel helpless and sad.

  • You have difficulty concentrating on different activities (social, personal and/or work related).

  • You fear others' reactions to your behaviour and/or actions.

  • You worry excessively; you are constantly on edge and expecting the worst.

  • You have difficulty relaxing or resting.

  • You have problems with sleeping and eating.

  • You face challenging situations which you don’t know how to handle.

  • Some of your actions seem beyond your control (e.g. excessive drinking, drug use, aggression).

  • Your loved ones show concern about your well-being.

Below a lit of disorders and problems:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety disorders (phobia, panic attacks, excess worrying)

  • Insomnia and sleeping disorders 

  • Eating disorders (bulimia, anorexia, overweight)

  • Standards too high

  • Lack of energy, fatigue

  • Low self-esteem

  • Lack of assertiveness

  • Burn out

  • Difficulties with relationships (work, intimate).

  • Difficulties in dealing with conflicts

  • Difficulties in dealing with emotions such as anger or aggression

  • Difficulties in dealing with a sense of hopelessness, shame or embarrassment

  • Difficulties with handling loss or grief

Marcus Aurelius

"The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts"

A BIT ABOUT COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY

Thoughts - Emotions - Body - Behaviour 

CBT is a short-term psychotherapy designed to identify, 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. Working with CBT means teamwork and working actively together.

 

CBT concentrates on the direct relationship between thoughts, emotions, behaviour and physiology – and how each affects the others. A change in one of them leads by definition to a change in all others. By identifying and being aware of the trigger of cognitive and behavioural patterns, there is a greater possibility for positive and long lasting change. A special attention is placed on identifying underlying mechanisms and patterns. Once these are conscious behaviours, we have the possibility to change them. 

CBT is a research-based approach, which has proven to be very effective for depressive disorders and anxiety disorders, among others

Services I offer

Making You Feel Better

Based on experience, I implement effective CBT methods to identify and instill self-understanding among patients and encourage them to adopt new attitudes and feelings towards life situations. From small scale circumstances, to traumatic experiences - I like to give a safe haven where my patients can feel they are protected and accepted. My

services are personalised to suit everyone’s needs.

 

Individual therapy
Couples therapy