Why am I so uncomfortable with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

September 2, 2017

 

 

                       (CBT)? This is a good question, and one that I’m required to answer,

                       and, therefore, think about, more frequently of late. So, let me first

                       make it very clear that CBT is not a discipline that suits me or a

                       technique that I use.

 

                       This does not mean that I would, in any way, criticise those counsellors

                       who use it, nor discourage clients who think they can benefit from it.

                       I do not disparage CBT in any way. It is simply not for me – it’s not what I do.

 

                       The difficulties I have with CBT, in relation to my practice, is that I

                       believe I can be most effective by assisting people to explore their

                       feelings, in addition to their thoughts and ideas.

 

                       In my professional experience, working only on thought-patterns fails

                       to reach the essential truths and motivations that lead to positive

                       change in any meaningful way. By meaningful, I mean progress to

                       a long-lasting resolution. Helping somebody to examine, consider and

                       change their thought-patterns only, may, I suppose, be helpful in

                       certain cases. But, in my view, such cases, if they exist, are far more

                       limited than current trends suggest.

 

                       Certainly, I can understand how CBT has become the therapy-of-

                       choice as far as the NHS is concerned; it provides a contained, time-

                       limited and, arguably, measurable service which, the theory goes,

                       makes it a cost-effective one.

 

                       However, whether its effects are measured in real terms –  how

                       long it takes for the client to need something further, or for a ‘different’

                       presenting problem to materialise - remains unanswered, in my view.

 

                       By contrast, I firmly believe, and have experienced, both personally

                       and professionally, the long-term benefits of Transactional Analysis 

                       (TA). Which is why I think TA is CBT - with feeling. But that’s another

                       story: another blog, for another day.  

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Please reload

Featured Posts

The forbidden feelings

November 7, 2019

1/3
Please reload

Recent Posts

November 7, 2019

January 25, 2019

December 31, 2018

November 28, 2018

November 7, 2018

Please reload

Archive
Please reload

Search By Tags
Please reload

Follow Us
  • Facebook Basic Square
  • Twitter Basic Square
  • Google+ Basic Square