London, UK (PRWEB UK) 22 March 2013
The National Institutes for Clinical Excellence (NICE), who provide clinical guidelines to the NHS, recommend Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as the most proven form of talking treatment. Recent reports have now shown that CBT is starting to be used in physical illnesses, such as diabetes, as well as to help drug addicts during the rehabilitation process. With that in mind, Dr Sara Goldsmith Pascoe, author of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: The Essential Guide, shared with Yourwellness how CBT works with the natural tendencies of the brain to deal with mental health issues such as depression, phobias and stress.
According to Dr Sara, ‘CBT is a powerful set of tools on how to shepherd our own brain activity to our benefit.’ She outlined five main tips for implementing CBT, the methods for which she details in her book:
1. Don’t Believe Everything You Think or Feel. The mind is a complex perceptual organ that sometimes sees meaning where there is none.
2. Thought Inventory. Looking at thoughts objectively, as if they were someone else’s, helps to prevent jumping to the wrong conclusions.
3. CBT is Learning. Repeated actions strengthen brain tissue, which forms thought patterns.
4. Avoid the Mind Trap. Thinking about the past stops the brain from recording what’s going on in the present.
5. Minds in the World. Healthy eating, exercise, socialising and being active in a community are important aspects of CBT.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: The Essential Guide is available from need2knowbooks and can be purchased from most book retailers.
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