What is cognitive behavioural therapy?

by Hilbrand on June 6, 2014

Are you interested in understanding more about cognitive behavioural therapy? Read this article for an expert explanation.


CBT is a method of psychotherapeutic treatment founded on the idea that by changing the way a person thinks you can change the way he/she behaves. In a CBT session the therapist analyzes your thought patterns based on interview questions. Then the therapist asks you to search for alternative positive thoughts. The therapist may give you suggestions for replacing specific unsupportive thoughts with those that can make you feel better.

For example, let’s say you have a fear of public speaking, every time you need to do it you freeze up and can’t go through with it. A CBT therapist will look for the thoughts attached to this behavior and try to replace them. The therapist may find out that one of your thoughts is ‘I’m not good enough to speak here’ and tells you to replace it with the thought, ‘I am well prepared and can do this.’

How I work with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

In my practice I use CBT as a tool in helping people to move on from unhelpful thoughts. In the beginning this can be difficult because people have these ‘negative thoughts’ often for quite a long time. However, CBT is to make people aware that they can change their minds by thinking more positive thoughts. These new thoughts can help people to think better about themselves or by using them in a specific situation for example when giving a speech.

Is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy effective?

A good amount of research shows that CBT is relatively effective for producing change. In my practice mostly people with burnout due to work can examine their thoughts about burnout very well and work on more balanced, solution oriented thoughts. Together with actionable tips they can reduce their work burnout significantly. CBT can also work very well for people with panic and anxiety. They can formulate more balanced solution oriented thoughts to cope with their panic and anxiety. Together with actionable tips they know how to prevent it very well. 

What is the alternative to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

CBT is a first tool to make people aware that they can use their thoughts in a more positive way. A second additional tool I use in my practice is reiki treatment. This kind of therapy treats people as a whole. Reiki is for effecting long lasting and profound change at a core level. It gives my clients a better chance at creating deep and lasting change for themselves.

One of the beautiful things of Reiki is that it can work very well for many things. From my own experience in Bali, Indonesia, I can say that a Reiki treatment is good for relaxation. Reiki can be applied to people with psychological and mental problems; such as work stress, are upset and ‘being confused’ or see no solution to certain problems. Reiki is also good for  eating disorders such as losing weight or breaking with a food addiction. Furthermore, reiki works amazingly fast in depressions. Also for people who wish love, insight, health, more confidence, reiki treatment is good addition.

My clients in the area of Seminyak and Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, think that a Reiki treatment can only be given in person in their hotels. They often think when they go back to their own country, Australia or Europe, a Reiki treatment stops. Well I can say that Reiki can also be given at a distance. Maybe that is another beautiful thing of Reiki. What I always do is make an appointment at what time the Reiki can be given. Just before a Reiki treatment we have a short telephone conversation in which I ask the client to relax, switch of the mobile phone for one hour and drink some water afterwards for purification. The effects of Reiki where my clients are talking about are very diverse namely: increased feeling of relaxation, more vitality, less stress, release of emotions, more energy balance, more creativity and healing.

Contact me to see how we can work together for your harmony

Look forward to hearing from you,

Hilbrand Kuit, Msc.

I-counseling is online counseling for the 21st century

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