Cognitive behavioural therapy developed from psychoanalysis and the behavioural aspect was largely based on animal experiments. 

Basic behaviourism is very limited, however when combined with cognitive theory the model gains more credibility. 

Cognitive behavioural psychology is useful in developing behavioural and perceptional change.  It is an experimental approach and is useful for SOME clients, not others.

REBT is a useful form of CBT which has many similarities with psychoanalysis, including defence mechanisms and different thought patterns.


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is useful for

1. Self analyzing to gauge and grade behaviour. This can however be criticized as telling you the obvious. If done subtly however it can illustrate information previously ignored or suppressed. 

2. Feeding into psychoanalysis, REBT allows for deeper analysis

3. Feeding into change processes, hypnosis and coaching for example


We use CBT as a tool. It is wonderful as a tool to gather information, but not always as a complete therapy tool in it's own right. 

This is why people from the NHS often contact us after receiving CBT. The NHS often uses CBT as a stand alone tool, or with elements of other therapies in brief (for example Mindfulness based CBT). This often results in only the bare essentials being used and the therapy process being only partially successful.

Stuart often uses CBT combined with psychoanalysis, life coaching and mindfulness as an additional helpful therapy tool.

Denise also uses CBT including elements from Mental Health 1st Aid and WRAPS systems in her mental health counselling.

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